A customs team on Sunday evening arrested a youth travelling in a two-tier coach of the Delhi-bound Duronto Express with a leather bag stashed with gold bars worth more than Rs 1 crore.
Officials said the youth had brought the bars weighing 3kg concealed in an LCD television set from Bangkok.
“Acting on a specific tip-off, we raided all coaches of the Duronto Express that was scheduled to leave Sealdah at 6.30pm. The suspect — Jasmit Singh, 26 — was spotted on a lower berth with a leather bag on his lap. The bag contained the bars,” said the commissioner of customs (preventive), Amit Kumar Roy.
The sleuths said after interrogating Jasmit that he was a courier for a smuggling racket. “We are trying to track down the big players who had hired Jasmit,” said an officer.
According to customs officials, Jasmit landed at Dum Dum airport on December 1. “He spent two days in a hotel waiting to get his train ticket confirmed,” said an officer of the prevention and investigation wing of the customs. “We received the tip-off about Jasmit on Sunday afternoon.”
Jasmit had come to the city a week ago and left for Bangkok on November 27, the officer said.