KATHMANDU, March 6: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has filed cases against 33 individuals at the Kathmandu District Court on Sunday accusing them of being involved in smuggling 33.577 kg of gold from the Tribhuvan International Airport two months ago.
Based on the intelligence provided by Interpol, CIB on January 5 had intercepted 33.577 kg of 'smuggled' gold from Pingalasthan of Kathmandu after the valuables were being taken to the market following customs clearance at the airport.
The CIB had earlier arrested 12 individuals, including SSP Shyam Bahadur Khatri, on the charge of involvement in the gold smuggling racket while 21 others are at large.
The CIB has arrested SSP Khatri, customs officers Sri Narayan Yadav, Rajkumar Dhakal and Shyam Krishna Shrestha in the case. Likewise, Dil Bandhu Thapa, Santosh Kafle, Ram Hari Karki, Manoj Shrestha, Sunil Shrestha, Rojesh Shakya and Sapan Shrestha are already in police custody.
The CIB has also filed cases against custom officials Pradyumna Hari Shrestha, Ganga Bhurtel and Tej Bahadur Shrestha as the absconding members of the racket along with Hari Sharan Khadka, Gupta Lal Bhusal aka Roshan, Kishan Gopal Agrawal, Rajan Prasad Panta, Arjun Prasad Kharel and Dhruba [his details are still unknown].
Likewise, the CIB has filed case against Chudamani Upreti, Sitaram Kharel aka Gore, Keshav Chapagain, Sanjay aka Durga Prasad Kharel, Gopi Bhusal, Rubin aka Ram Prasad Khadka, Prakash Kharel, Ravi Rajesh Bogati, Sani Shrestha, Geeta Shrestha, Bhola Magar aka Niraj, Sanket Khatiwada, Gopal Sahi, Bisnu Subedi and Madhav Subedi.