The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Gaya within the limits of Eastern Central Railway (ECR) recovered 1.5 kgs of gold worth Rs 74.16 lakhs from a train. On January 16, officers and staff of RPF, Gaya , SIB, Gaya and DRI Patna jointly conducted operation in train no.22912 Howrah-Indore Sipra Express at Gaya railway station headed by RPF Inspector Ajay Prakash on tip off, said Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, MGS Asish Kumar Mishra.
According to the officials, a passenger named Manoj Kumar Pathak of Mirzapur arrived at Gaya railway station from Durgapur by Howrah Indore Sipra Express. On scanning his check-in baggage the officials observed dark images. On detailed inspection, a high-pressure foot pump with gold pieces was found inside the pump. The total quantity of gold recovered was 1.5 kgs valued at Rs 74.16 lakhs.
According to Senior DSC they apprehended one person namely, Manoj Kumar Pathak son of Ramashankar Pathak , a resident of Madhavpur village in Sant Ravi Das Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh and recovered 2 gold biscuits weighing about 1.5 grams from the Howrah Indore Sipra Express at platform no 1 of Gaya railway station. The apprehended person was travelling from Durgapur to Mirzapur, said Senior DSC Asish Kumar Mishra.
Later, with recovered items the apprehended person was sent to the custody of DRI Patna for further legal action. The value of the recovered gold is estimated Rs 74.16 lakhs.
Sources said that Manoj Kumar Pathak, who originally hails from Mirzapur in UP, was allegedly smuggling the gold biscuits to Uttar Pradesh. "He was travelling from Durgapur in West Bengal and was on his way to Mirzapur. The seized item and the accused have been handed over to DRI department for further probe," sources added.
Of late, gold smuggling has been rampant from across the Myanmar border. Most of these items are smuggled through West Bengal, to other parts of the country, like UP and Delhi, where they are in high demand in clandestine gold markets.
RPF Inspector, Gaya Ajay Prakash said that a team of DRI, Patna comprising strength of 4 officers and staff reached RPF post Gaya and share the intelligence input with RPF Gaya and requested for assistant to verify and work out the case accordingly while train number 22912 up Howrah Indore Shipra express arrived Gaya PF 01,at 1.15 a.m.on Sunday.
The joint team of RPF Gaya and DRI Patna raided in coach number S-6 birth no 49 and could be able to arrest one person identified Manoj Kumar Pathak son of Ramashankar Pathak a resident of Madhavpur village in Mirzapur district with 2 numbers foreign gold bar containing 1.5 kg.
Earlier in January 4, in two separate operations, illegal gold seized 6 kgs worth Rs 2.89 crore was seized at the Gaya railway station by the RPF sleuths and arrested two smugglers from 22912 up Howrah Indore Shipra express and train no 12311 Howrah Kalka Netaji express soon after it reached Gaya railway junction at platform no 1on January 4, added Sr DSC Asish Kumar Mishra.
The suspects had used various methods in an attempt to smuggle including concealment of gold inside a high-pressure foot pump in the check-in baggage, gold foils in chocolate wrappers, gold powder mixed with mud and paste to hoodwink officials, the Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of Rail, Asish Kumar Mishra said.