Six arrested, one on the run in connection with the seizure of around 100kg gold from TIA

Published On: July 20, 2023 10:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 20: The Department of Revenue Investigation (DRI) has made some progress in an ongoing investigation, resulting in the arrest of six individuals linked to the seizure of nearly 100 kilos of gold from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Notably, one of the arrested individuals is an agent involved in the case.

According to Navraj Dhungana, the Director-General of the DRI, efforts to identify and apprehend additional suspects are underway. As of now, the identities of those arrested have not been disclosed to the public. 

The operation leading to the gold seizure took place at TIA on Wednesday. The DRI's team intercepted the gold, which was about to be smuggled in a taxi after clearing customs at the airport.

The arrest was made on-site at the airport customs office, with two individuals being apprehended immediately. In the subsequent hours, four more suspects were arrested. The investigation revealed that the gold had been brought into Nepal from Hong Kong. This marks the first instance of a seizure of such a large quantity of gold in Nepal.

Director-General Dhungana stated that further details are yet to be revealed, and efforts to locate the remaining fugitives are underway.

The seizure of such a large amount of gold was made based on specific information that the gold was concealed within the brake shoe of a scooter. Acting on this tip-off, a dedicated team from the Revenue Investigation Department conducted a targeted raid, resulting in the successful seizure of the gold.

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