3 arrested, ‘42 gold biscuits’ seized in Calcutta
A jeweller was arrested and 42 gold biscuits and several pieces of gold were seized from the boot of his car on Jessore Road on Saturday.
A directorate of revenue intelligence officer said the agency had mounted surveillance in front of Vikram Jhunjhunwala’s house on Bangur Avenue, based on a tip-off.
When he drove out of the house, the officers asked him to stop but he allegedly swerved past and managed to drive away. They chased him and finally blocked the car near the Jessore Road crossing that leads to Nagerbazar.
“The vehicle was searched and we found the gold biscuits stashed inside. He did not have any papers to prove that these were legal purchases and during questioning he admitted that these had been smuggled in from Bangladesh,” said the officer.
The officers seized Rs 53 lakh from Jhunjhunwala’s house and Rs 36 lakh from his Burrabazar shop. The jeweller, his father and one of his employees were arrested.
All three have been charged under various sections of the Indian customs act. They were produced in a court and sent to judicial custody for 14 days.