Kathmandu: The Department of Revenue Investigation on Wednesday seized a huge quantity of gold from Tribhuvan International Airport area. The gold had passed undetected through the customs. According to the Department, around 80-100 kilograms of yellow metal was confiscated in course of conducting raid based on a special information. The gold was brought from Hong Kong.
According to the Department source, the gold was brought to Kathmandu via Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong-Kathmandu flight. The gold nugget were hidden under the brake shoes and spare parts.
Four people have been arrested on the charge of their involvement in smuggling the gold. They include Ram Kumar Bhujel, 53, of Dolakha (now residing in Kathmandu), Dilip Bhujel, 21, of Bhojpur, Harka Raj Rai, 49, from Bhojpur and Thapten Chhiring, 53, an Indian national.
This is probably the first case of the largest amount of gold being seized by Nepal’s investigation authorities. In 2018, the Central Investigation Bureau had seized as much as 33 kilograms of smuggled gold brought from the United Arab Emirates to Kathmandu.