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Siliguri: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence arrests five persons with gold bars in belts

Arrested Ismail Hoque, Mijanur Pramanik, Rafiqul Islam, Matiyar Rahman and Saju Pramanik are all in their mid-20s and residents of Dinhata under Cooch Behar police station

Bireswar Banerjee Siliguri Published 26.01.24, 06:01 AM
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A team of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Siliguri zone, arrested five persons from three places with 72 gold bars worth Rs 5.34 crore on Wednesday.

Arrested Ismail Hoque, Mijanur Pramanik, Rafiqul Islam, Matiyar Rahman and Saju Pramanik are all in their mid-20s and residents of Dinhata in Cooch Behar. All were allegedly trying to smuggle gold to Calcutta.

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“Mijanur, Saju and Rafiqul were nabbed from a bus at Pundibari in Cooch Behar. Ismail and Matiyar were caught from Alipurduar. Ismail was nabbed from Kanchankanya Express in Dalgaon and Matiyar from Padatik Express in New Alipurduar station,” said a DRI source. "The gold bars were hidden in specially-made belts on their waists."

On Thursday, a Siliguri court ordered 14 days in jail custody for all five.

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