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ByNE India Broadcast

Jan 24, 2024 #BSF

District-North 24 Parganas

On 22nd January 2024, Vigilant Jawans of Border outpost Angrail, 05 Battalion, BSF foiled a huge attempt of gold smuggling and arrested an Indian smuggler with 02 gold bricks and 30 gold biscuits. When smugglers were trying to smuggle these gold biscuits and bricks from Bangladesh to India. The total weight of the seized gold is 4.829 kg and the estimated value is Rs 3,09,70,273/-.

According to a BSF spokesperson, on January 21, around 3 pm, 05 Battalion, BSF personnel deployed on border duty observed the movement of 03 miscreants who crossed into India from Ichchamati river(Internation Boundary) through a dense forest of wild grass and bamboo bushes. They were moving secretly towards the Indian border. There is Haldarpara village in this area in which the houses extend till the banks of Ichamati river, due to which the miscreants get an opportunity to carry out illegal activities. When the BSF jawans saw the smugglers, they challenged them and started chasing the miscreants. The BSF jawans, with their alertness and intelligence, recognized that one of the miscreants was carrying something on his shoulder and chased that miscreant. After a lot of effort, BSF jawans succeeded in catching the criminal carrying the consignment of gold. On opening the belt of the cloth seized from the arrested criminal, 5 pieces of brown taped packets containing 02 gold bricks and 30 gold biscuits were recovered.

The arrested smuggler was identified as Prosenjit Mandal s/o Shribas Mandal, Village-Haldar Para, District-North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

During interrogation, he revealed that on January 21, 2024, a person from village Angrel (Ghoshpara) came to his house and asked him to bring gold from Bangladesh, which a Bangladeshi citizen would bring there. After this, both of them reached the banks of the Ichchamati River where they met two other persons, along with them he left for the gold consignment. Further, he was asked to carry a mobile phone so that man could assist him, and also keep a close watch on the activities/movement of the BSF sentry and inform him over the phone. A Bangladeshi man swam across the Ichhamati River. Crossed and handed over the gold to him near the banks of the Ichhamati River. After this, the Bangladeshi citizen returned to Bangladesh. When they came back to the Indian side, he was informed by phone by the person who keeping an eye on the BSF sentries that they had been spotted by the BSF jawans and asked them to flee immediately. On hearing this, the other two persons ran away from there but BSF jawans caught him with the gold. during interrogation, he further told them that after successfully delivering the gold, he would be paid Rs 500/- as labor charges. but when he was coming back, BSF jawans caught him with the consignment of gold. He said that he had no information about the party that would take the gold from him.

The arrested smugglers and seized gold have been handed over to DRI, Kolkata for further legal action.

On this achievement of the soldiers, the Public Relations Officer of South Bengal Frontier, Shri A.K. Arya, DIG has expressed happiness. He further said that notorious smugglers trap poor and innocent people by luring them with small amounts of money. Notorious trafficking gangs are not directly involved in crimes like smuggling, so they target poor people. He has appealed to the people living on the border that if they get any information related to gold smuggling, they can give this information to BSF’s Seema Sathi helpline number 14419. Apart from this, South Bengal Frontier has also issued another number 9903472227. WhatsApp messages or voice messages related to gold smuggling can also be sent. An appropriate reward amount will be given to the person giving concrete information and his identity will be kept secret.

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