Flying Squad of Barasat Divisional Preventive Unit, Kolkata Customs Zone Recovers 4664 grams Gold Valued at Rs. 2.15 Crores
By PIB Kolkata, March 7, 2021
Kolkata Customs Zone in a Press Note has informed today that its Flying Squad of Barasat Divisional Preventive Unit has recovered 40 gold bars from 10 persons of a syndicate at Birati railway Station weighing 4664 grams and valued at Rs. 2.15 crores in the recent past.
In pursuance of the directions of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC), the
Kolkata Customs Zone has stepped up its preventive vigilance mechanisms by setting up Flying Squads and the static surveillance
teams who shall conduct effective road and transit checks of vehicles etc., as and when required, to curb illegal and prohibited activities.
A Nodal officer has also been appointed to coordinate the action between different teams.
The Flying Squad of Barasat Divisional Preventive Unit intercepted these 10 persons and on questioning it was revealed that they were all residents of Bongaon, North 24 Parganas. The Gold bars contain specific markings indicating their foreign origin and it appears that the gold had been smuggled into India through the porous Indo – Bangla border, stated the Press Note.
As a result of the increased vigilance, an unclaimed consignment consisting of 90 Khukris valued at Rs.59, 500, was also recovered from a bus at Salsalabari under Alipurduar District, which was coming from Guwahati and going to Siliguri on Saturday (March 6, 2021).
The Press Note also stated that the details of the Flying Squads are available on the Website of Kolkata Customs Zone. Any one, who is interested in sharing information, may contact the Jurisdictional Flying Squad to report illegal activity or share information.