Aizawl police dig into smuggled gold

Aizawl, 27 April: Aizawl police have stumbled upon what is believed to be the biggest gold racket in Mizoram following a feud among the gold smugglers that resulted in one group robbing the other last December.

Aizawl's Kulikawn police received a complaint recently that a vehicle carrying 50 kg of gold was robbed by a gang of about five people along the Aizawl-Thenzawl-Lunglei Road (called as World Bank road) on the southern outskirts of Aizawl around 2330 hrs on December 14, 2015.

An FIR was submitted by one Lalnunfela, a resident of Electric Veng, owner of the robbed vehicle.

After investigation by a special investigation team led by additional SP (CID), it was suspected that a high Assam Rifles official in Aizawl and some civilians were involved in the dacoity.

On April 22, the SIT raided the residence of one of the suspects, Lalmuanpuia Mathipi, a former students' leader, at Zonuam locality in Aizawl. He was arrested the following day and he, along with his alleged accomplice Bulaki Chand Baid, who lives in a rented house at Laipuitlang Aizawl, is still in police custody.

Sources said the police have also questioned some other civilians and Assam Rifles officials in Aizawl, but were not remanded.

The whereabouts of the smuggled gold bars are yet to be known.

The police have also not ruled out against the possiblity of involvement of "powerful" people.UNI ZS AKM SW VP1610

-- (UNI)
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