By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 11: Guwahati continues to remain smugglers’ choice as a transit point. In fact, Guwahati as a transit point is a Hobson’s choice for smugglers smuggling goods to and from North East India as they have no altertive to this.
GRP personnel seized gold biscuits weighting 19 kg and worth Rs 6 crore from four people from Aizawl waiting in platform No. 2 at Guwahati Railway Station to board Saraighat Express, bound for Howrah. The consignment comprising 48 gold biscuits – 40 smaller ones each weighing 160 grams and eight bigger ones each weighing 1.6 kg – together weighs 19 kg, valued Rs 6 crore in the intertiol market. The four persons from Mizoram came to Guwahati by bus. GRP personnel in their routine check found consignment and seized it. They also arrested four persons – three women and one man – in that connection. The four have been identified as lone male Laltandika (29, Lalhmlngmawli (42), Lalnginglovi (34) and Sailahmuni (40). The development came close on the heels of GRP personnel catching a person going to Howra in Kolkata with Rs 1.60 crore hard cash on Sunday in the Railway Station. Amit Kumar Sarma, who claimed to be an the accountant of Tinsukia Development Corporation Private Ltd that has its head office at Baraba Bazar in Kolkata, was transiting the amount in his trolley bag.