(DISTRICT – NORTH 24 PARGANAS )
On 21.07.2022, BSF received specific intelligence inputs of cross-border movement of smugglers in the Area of Responsibility of Border Out Post Gunarmath, 158 Battalion BSF, District- North 24 Parganas. The troops of Border Out Post Gunarmath, 158 Battalion BSF, Sector Kolkata, South Bengal Frontier laid an ambush in the target area of International Border along Ichhamati River near village Gunarmath. At around 1830 hrs, the ambush party witnessed the movement of about 7-8 suspected smugglers crossing the international border by a wooden country made boat over Ichhamati River and entering inside the Indian territory with some bags. On being challenged by ambush party, they tried to confront the BSF troops, but the BSF Jawans quickly moved forward and the smugglers jumped into the river and reiterated back to Bangladesh side leaving behind all the goods. A thorough search of the area was conducted in which 05 bags were seized from which 321 Gold biscuits, 04 Gold bars, 01 gold coin and 01 wooden country made boat were recovered besides 04 mobile phones, packing material and Bangladeshi newspapers. The Gold is stated to be 24 carat and weighs 41.49 Kgs with market value of Rs. 21.22 Crore (Approx). Combing operation is in progress.
This is reportedly the biggest single seizure of Gold by any Indian Law Enforcement Agency along the Indo-Bangladesh Border. Further, action is being taken against the accused persons involved in the crime.
( Source : BSF )