BSF Foils Gold Smuggling Attempt, Apprehends Four Bangladeshi Smugglers in West Bengal
BSF Foils Gold Smuggling Attempt, Apprehends Four Bangladeshi Smugglers in West Bengal

Kolkata: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in West Bengal successfully thwarted a gold smuggling attempt, apprehending four Bangladeshi smugglers in the process. The BSF reported that the smuggled gold items were found concealed on the lower bodies of the accused individuals.

A team of officials from the 145 Battalion of the BSF stationed at ICP Petrapole, a land border crossing near Bangladesh, executed the operation. They seized a substantial haul of gold, including 23 gold biscuits, four gold bracelets, and one gold ring, with a total weight of 3,191.22 grams. The estimated value of these items is approximately Rs 1.86 crore, according to the BSF's official statement. The gold was seized during routine checks on the Bangladeshi individuals.

The four accused have been identified as Belal Hossain, Azom Khan, Mohammed Kabir, and Jubida Khanam. The BSF's statement detailed the distribution of the seized gold, with Belal Hossain found in possession of 23 gold biscuits (including one broken into two pieces), Azom Khan with six gold biscuits, Mohammed Kabir with 11 gold biscuits, and Jubida Khanam carrying four unique gold bracelets and one deformed gold ring. The BSF also revealed that each male smuggler had been promised 10,000 Bangladeshi Taka, while the female smuggler, Jubida Khanam, was promised 5,000 Bangladeshi Taka for the successful delivery of the gold.

The accused, all residents of Dhaka, confessed during interrogation to carrying the smuggled gold items. They further revealed that they had received the gold from various sources in Dhaka and had been instructed to deliver it to the New Market Area in Kolkata. This successful operation underscores the ongoing efforts to combat smuggling and illegal activities along the border.

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