NEW DELHI, Nov 28: The BSF has thwarted another attempt by smugglers by seizing a truck carrying 2 kg gold valued at Rs 1.27 crore at West Bengal's Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP), the force said on Tuesday.
The BSF troops belonging to its 145 Battalion on November 26, based on specific information regarding possible smuggling of gold, seized 2054.110 grams of gold of various sizes during truck checking at ICP Petrapole.
A smuggler was also arrested with the 17 gold pieces when he was trying to bring them from Bangladesh to India by hiding them in the cabin of the truck, said the BSF, which is mandated to guard the 4096.70 km India-Bangladesh border.
"The estimated value of the seized gold pieces is Rs 1,27,56,023," said the BSF, a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
According to the information received, the BSF said, ICP Petrapole troops received special intelligence regarding an attempt to smuggle gold by an empty truck coming from Bangladesh.
"Upon pursuing the input, the troops intercepted an empty suspicious truck with registration number WB-23C-5085. After the initial investigation, the suspect truck was brought inside the parking area of ICP Petrapole for a thorough search.
"During the thorough search, 17 gold pieces, which included 08 gold biscuits, 4 pieces of distorted-shaped gold cubes, and 5 small gold bars of different sizes, were recovered from the upper cabin behind the driver's seat," said the BSF.