Rs 1cr gold seized near border
A Border Security Force (BSF) team seized 2.24 kilo of gold valued at Rs 1.07 crore from a truck driver in North 24-Parganas on Friday.
The BSF authorities have alleged that driver Kamal Hasan, 52, went to Satkhira land port in Bangladesh with export items a few days ago and returned to Ghojadanga land port in North 24-Parganas with 16 gold biscuits.
Hasan and his helper Rajab Dhali, 45, — residents of Itinda and Panitor in Basirhat, respectively, were arrested and handed over to the customs authorities, along with the seized gold.
J.S. Negi, the commanding officer of 153 battalion of the BSF, said: “Our team intercepted the vehicle near zero point at the border after it entered India on Friday morning. The gold biscuits were recovered from the driver’s cabin.”
BSF sources said Hasan confessed during interrogation that the consignment was to be delivered in Basirhat.
“Hasan was offered cash for this job and engaged as a carrier,” a BSF official said.