Gold smuggler held near border in Bengal

Kolkata, Feb 5 (IANS) A man was apprehended and a gold bar worth nearly Rs.10 lakh seized from him from near the Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, a BSF officer said on Friday.

The seizure was made by the troopers of Border Security Force’s 144 battalion, under the Ghojadanga border outpost area on Thursday.

“The accused coming from the Bangladesh side of the border was intercepted by a BSF team and a gold bar worth Rs.9.53 lakh seized from him. He along with the seized metal has been handed over to the customs officials,” said a BSF spokesperson.

The BSF so far in the year has seized gold worth over Rs. 58 lakh and apprehended three smugglers from across the South Bengal frontier.

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