Kathmandu: A Chinese national has been arrested from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in connection with the smuggling of nearly 100-kg gold.
With this arrest today, number of the arrestees in this connection reached seven. The Chinese national held today is Jeyung Lyn, according to Superintendent of Police at TIA, Padam Bahadur Bista.
Bista further informed that Lyn was arrested while he was flying to China via Tibetan Airlines. He is now sent to Revenue Investigation Department for further action.
Nearly a quintal of gold was confiscated by the Department from the area near TIA customs office yesterday. Two persons were arrested along with a taxi while they were exiting after customs clearance.
The Department arrested four others on Wednesday night itself. It was revealed that the valuables were brought in the name of Ready Trade from Hong Kong. Its proprietor is also arrested.
The yellow metal was found hiding in break shoe of scooter. Currently, the gold is being weighed to ascertain its amount.
Those arrested earlier in this connection are taxi driver Ashok Ranamagar, customs agent Rajendra Kumar Rai, proprietor of Ready Trade Pvt Ltd Dilip Bhujel, assistants Harka Raj Rai, Thukpin Chhiring and Raj Kumar Bhujel.
Gold smuggling case: Six persons including agent busted
Likewise, The Department of Revenue Investigation has so far busted six persons in connection with a recent gold smuggling case. The police also arrested an agent of the smuggling of around 100 kilograms of previous yellow metal.
According to Director-General of the Department, Nawaraj Dhungana, search of those involved in the gold smuggling was underway. The identities of those arrested have not been disclosed.
A special team of the Department on Wednesday had seized huge amount of gold in front of the Tribhuvan international Airport Customs Office while it was being transported through the customs pass in a taxi.
The Department had immediately arrested two persons along with the gold in front of the TIA Customs Office gate.
Dhungana further shared the team arrested additional four individuals involved in the scam this morning. It is said that the gold was brought from Hong Kong.
This is so far the first incident where such a big quantity of yellow metal was seized in Nepal. "Details are yet to be revealed. Those who are on the run are being searched for", he said. -