By Our Reporter
The open border between Nepal and India has become a haven for gold and other smugglers. It was evident from the arrest of two Nepali nationals in Kolkata, India for possessing 33 kg gold. And it is suspected that the seized gold belonged to Gore (Chuda Mani Uprety) which had gone missing from Kathmandu about a year ago.
One can imagine the situation, if the open border is used by the international terrorists.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, India, arrested two Nepalis with 33 kilograms of undeclared gold from West Bengal, which Nepali authorities said could be the precious metal that had disappeared mysteriously.
The gold was recovered from a Maruti Swift VXI car with two occupants — Nepali citizens Rakesh Prasad and Hem Prasad Sharma — at Dankuni Toll Plaza along the Delhi-Kolkata Highway on December 12.
Interestingly, names of Rakesh and Hem Prasad were also found in a diary of Sanam Shakya, who was killed by Gore after the gold went missing.
During a search, 33 pieces of gold bars weighing one kg each were found. The gold bars were concealed in a false compartment behind the dash board and inside a cavity of the vehicle’s gearbox.
A special probe panel formed to investigate the murder of Sanam Shakya and the disappearance of 33 kg smuggled gold has so far been unsuccessful in finding the whereabouts of the ‘lost’ yellow metal. The panel led by Ishwar Raj Paudel, joint secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, which conducted the investigation for four months and submitted its report on August 1 had failed to delve into the status of the gold. The disappearance of the gold was the main reason for Shakya’s murder.
With the floating of the news, authorities of Home Ministry in Kathmandu were reportedly preparing to go to Kolkata to interrogate Rakesh and Hem.
Rakesh and Hem hail from Sunsari district where Shakya was electrocuted to death by Gore’s gang.