Two Kerala men arrested with 3kg of gold in North Bengal
Two Kerala men were arrested and officers from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Siliguri, north Bengal, seized gold worth 2 million rupees from them on Tuesday, officials said Wednesday.
The arrested men, identified as Yusuf and Midlaj, were placed in judicial custody for 15 days by a local court on Wednesday. DRI agents seized 30 gold cookies, weighing about three kilos, from them after intercepting a luxury car they were traveling in, said a DRI attorney who did not want to be named.
The seizure comes a week after 130 gold bars weighing 21.57 kg were seized near the Bengal-Bihar border. In the November 10 incident, three men were arrested.
In both cases, gold was being smuggled out of Assam and the Siliguri corridor in Darjeeling district was used as a transit route.
According to the DRI lawyer mentioned above, since January around 60 kg of gold have been seized from Siliguri and more than 20 people have been arrested.