Shillong (Meghalaya):Border Security Force (BSF) deployed at Shella in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya acting on a tip-off on gold smuggling conducted a joint operation along with a team of state Police and apprehended five Indian nationals including one lady and recovered one gold bar valued at over Rs 3.15 lakh, besides Indian currency amounting to one lac . The arrested have been identified as Wali Ul Miraz , Imran Khan and Smt Sidora Shongwan.
There has been no seizure of gold along Indo-Bangladesh border since long, though smuggling of gold has always been in news but through other routes. This is a maiden seizure of gold by BSF in Meghalaya. The sudden increase in smuggling activities have put BSF more on the toes. " We are determined to foil any ill design of smugglers on the International border" said P. K. Dubey, Inspector General BSF Meghalaya.
Heavy rain fall in the past few days have disturbed the administrative toil of few BSF outposts in Purnanagar, Shela, Thariaghat, Betgora, Omkhawa, Mukamchera areas in East Khasi Hills Distt, Barmanbari, Kachuadogri in South West Khasi Hills Distt, Sonatal in West Jaintia Hills Distt and Angratoli in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. Flood like situation at places has caused huge damage to the Indo-Bangladesh Border Fence (IBBF) at many places.