A team of Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police arrested the driver of a container (Ba-3-Kha 2570) that was used for the delivery of the gold. Police informed that the gold was being smuggled to India from Tibet from Nepal route.
The confiscated gold biscuits were hidden inside a false bottom created beside driver’s seat, police said. Acting on a tip-off, CIB held the truck as soon as it reached Kathmandu.
Police also seized Rs 17,000 and USD 100 in cash from the truck driver. The gold recovered on Wednesday is valued at over 170 million rupees.
According to police, the truck left for Kathmandu from Tatopani after clearing customs check-up after 12 am on Tuesday night. Tatopani border lies 115 km northeast of Kathmandu.
This is one of biggest seizures of smuggled gold in the recent months. On May 15, the police had nabbed four persons with 16 kg gold from Thamel in Kathmandu. The illegal consignment had also come from Tibet – be smuggled to India
According to informed sources, China has lately emerged as a gold trafficking source-point for Nepal, from where the gold is smuggled to India via land and then to other parts of the world.
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