Imphal/Guwahati, December 2: Customs officials in Manipur on Friday busted a person who was in possession of 158 gold bars, weighing in at a whopping 26 Kg. The value of the seized gold bars is estimated about Rs 7 crores in the market.
The arrested person was identified as one Mohammad Dakruddin of Lilong Kaleikhong, who according to reports is an international smuggler and the owner of the van has been identified as one Mohammad Siraz Rahman of the same district and has not been arrested yet.
The van in which the gold was being taken had crossed police check points and the Assam Rifles post at Khudengthabi, 12 km away from the international border.
Based on intelligence inputs, the special team of the Customs Division laid a trap near the bridge of the Lokchao river in Tengnoupal district, about 30 km away from the Assam Rifles post, and intercepted the van and subsequently seized the gold bars and arrested Dakruddin.
Police sources at Moreh, the border town, said that the accused has not been handed over to them.
Since January this year, according to sources, Central and state agencies have arrested several persons, including women and seized gold worth Rs. 50 crores.
Edited by: Arnab Jyoti Das