SSP Shyam Khatri detained in connection to TIA gold seizure

KATHMANDU: The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police on Sunday detained SSP Shyam Khatri, the then chief of the Metropolitan Police Airport Security Office, for an investigation into the seizure of 33 kg gold from the Tribhuvan International Airport last month.

SSP Khatri was recalled to the Nepal Police Headquarters after the January 5 incident.

A senior official at the Headquarters confirmed that a CIB team took SSP Khatri to the CIB for interrogation. He, however, refused to call it "an arrest."

The CIB arrested Khatri based on the statements recorded from other alleged who were held in the same connection, according to a Rastriya Samachar Samiti report.

Khatri was at the Headquarters when the CIB team had come to detain him.

Police on January 5 had arrested three suspected smugglers in possession of the 33 kg hallmark gold from Pingalasthan near the nation's sole international airport after the trio successfully skipped security checks at the TIA.