DAWKI: The BSF on Tuesday thwarted a gold smuggling attempt by a 62-year-old Bangladeshi national on the Indo-Bangladeshi border in the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.
The arrested Bangladeshi national has been identified as Mohammad Hason Ali. The BSF seized three gold biscuits weighing 348 grams from his possession, the value of which is pegged at 17 lakh rupees, according to a senior BSF personnel.
According to reports, Hason Ali was illegally crossing the border at Dawki and was heading towards the Dawki Main market when a BSF team intervened and arrested him near the Integrated Check Post in Dawki.
A BSF official informed that the seized gold biscuits have been handed over to the Customs Office at Dawki and the apprehended person is handed over to the custody of Dawki Police.
Bangladesh and India share a water boundary in Dawki which is unfenced and witnesses many cases of illegal infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals. It is difficult to build a boundary wall or fence in the area as it would stop the natural flow of the Umngot river, which may cause floods in the area.
In a similar case, a Tamil Nadu resident Mohammad Mohiuddin was arrested by the Government Railway Police force in Guwahati and two gold biscuits weighing 332 grams and worth 15 lakhs were seized from his possession.
The Railway police force in their routine checkup was able to apprehend Mohiuddin from Rajdhani Express.
According to sources, Mohiuddin was carrying the gold biscuits in his pocket and was traveling to Chennai from Dimapur.
Most of these gold smugglers choose the northeastern route because of its inhospitable terrains which are difficult for security forces to monitor all the time.
According to a report, The BSF has seized more than 133 kgs of gold in the last three years which was being smuggled into India through the Assam-Bangladesh border.