Meghalaya police busts an interstate gold smuggling racket: Rs 59 lakh seized

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A Reporter

SHILLONG: A few days after the police had seized a sizable amount of money from one vehicle at Mawlai along the National Highway road, Superintendent of Police (SP) East Khasi Hills, Claudia Lyngwa informed that the money recovered amounts to Rs 59 lakh and was part of an interstate gold smuggling racket.

It may be mentioned that on May 18, East Khasi Hills police were able to seize a huge amount of money from one vehicle. However, the police at that time were tight-lipped on dispersing information on the matter to the media as it might hamper their investigation.

Speaking to The Sentinel, Claudia Lyngwa informed that the police recovered Rs 59 lakh from the vehicle and four persons were apprehended including one woman. “After recording their statements it turns out that these people were actually smuggling gold and whatever gold they have received they had sold it to two persons – one from Nagaon districts of Assam and the other from Guwahati,” Lyngwa said.

She said that even the Nagaon police was informed about this matter and the person was eventually apprehended by the police along with 450 grams of gold from him. “The next day we were more clear that this had nothing to do with drugs or crime related thing but it’s purely a smuggling racket,” she said.

Lyngwa said that the police have forwarded three of the apprehended persons as they are from Meghalaya to court on May 19, while the other one was handed over to the Assam police.


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