KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu arrested a person from Tinpiple at Tarakeshwar Municipality on Tuesday evening on the charge of smuggling five kilogrammes of gold via the Kerung transit point on the border with China.
The Range organised a press conference here today to share the news of the arrest. Police said that the trend of gold smuggling through the Kerung point has increased in recent days after they adopted strong checking measures at Tribhuvan International Airport.
Chief of the Range, Senior Superintendent of Police Basanta Kumar Lama, said that they nabbed Sob Bahadur Tamang of Gosainkunda-9 along with the five kilogrammes smuggled gold. Tamang had hidden the gold inside his belt and was travelling to Kathmandu in a public bus.
According to preliminary investigation, Tamang was carrying the gold for the smugglers with the enticement that he would be given Rs 50,000 per kilogramme.
Earlier, police had arrested two persons on September 25 while smuggling three kilogrammes of gold.
Police arrested Nara Bahadur Ghale and Pemba Tamang of Gosainkunda Rural Municipality, acting on a tip-off that they were carrying the smuggled gold to Kathmandu from the Kerung transit point.