Gold smugglers using land route from Myanmar

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Hyderabad (India) : Smuggling gold from Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore by flight-hopping couriers now appears to have become passe, with customs officials discovering that the yellow metal is entering India by land from Myanmar.Customs officials have uncovered that smuggled gold reaching the southern parts of the country actually comes from Myanmar and the first point of entry is Kolkata. From here, the illegally-obtained gold is transported in trains to various parts of the country, including Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, sources in the customs department told TOI.

“Smuggling from Myanmar has been happening at Jalpaiguri in West Bengal (sic) and from there it is picked up by a few persons and they in turn distribute the yellow metal to various persons across the country,” a customs official said. In the case last month, each of the accused was given three to four kgs of gold to take by train.Last month, officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) nabbed three persons on board the Coromandal Express smuggling 58 gold biscuits weighing about 9.65 kgs in Visakhapatnam. On questioning, the culprits disclosed that the smuggled gold was bound for Chennai.

-more at Times of India

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