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West Bengal: BSF Seized Gold worth Rs 21 Lakh, One Accused Arrested

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| February 24 , 2019 , 20:25 IST

The Border Security Force (BSF) seized gold worth Rs 21 lakh from West Bengal's Nadia district and arrested a female smuggler, a BSF official said on Sunday.

Acting on a tip-off, the BSF troopers intercepted a woman near the Indo-Bangladesh international border in Nadia district's Haritalapara village on Saturday afternoon and seized gold ornaments weighing around 650 grams.

"Lalita Mondal (30), a resident of Haritalapara village, was arrested with 136 pieces of gold rings and 20 pieces of gold bracelets, from near the border road at 2.40 p.m. on Saturday," a release issued by the BSF's south Bengal frontier said.

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Interrogation revealed that she received the consignment from a local named Sammer Paul to be delivered in Bangladesh's Kalpur.

"The woman has been handed over to Nadia's Dhantala Police Station along with the seized gold," the release said.

The South Bengal frontier of BSF in 2018 had seized gold worth Rs 8.85 crore and apprehended 13 smugglers.

Earlier, The Border Security Force (BSF) seized gold biscuits worth over Rs 32 lakh from West Bengal's Nadia district and caught a smuggler who had stuffed it in a bag packed with papayas, the BSF in December last year.

Acting on a tip about gold smuggling along the Indo-Bangladesh border, the BSF troopers planned a special vigil in the area on Wednesday evening and seized 10 gold biscuits from the smuggler, Abdul Hai Mondal.

Mondal, 41, a resident of North 24 Parganas district, was apprehended from near Madhupur outpost and the gold biscuits worth Rs 32.05 lakh were seized from him, the officer said.

The south Bengal unit of BSF has seized smuggled gold worth Rs 8.44 crore and arrested 12 gold smugglers so far in 2018.