14 accused in gold robbery get bail

Aizawl, June 9 (NNN): All the 14 accused arrested in connection with the sensational dacoity case of 52 smuggled gold bars worth Rs 14.50 crore were released on bail today. Aizawl Chief Judicial Magsitrate (CJM) on Thursday granted interim bail to eight Assam Rifles Jawans accused in the robbery case and one civilian for 60 days.

Earlier on May 30, the suspended Commandant of the Aizawl-based 39 Assam Rifles Col Jasjit Singh, one of the prime accused in the gold robbery case, was released on bail by a local court on medical ground. Two other civilians, former student leader Lalmuanawma Mathipi and Aizawl-based non-tribal businessman Bulaki Chand Baid were also released on bail on May 13.

Police have arrested 10 AR jawans including suspended commandant Col Jasjit Singh and four other civilians in connection with highway dacoity allegedly committed by personnel of Assam Rifles on the outskirt of Aizawl city on December 14 last year.

The Mizoram Government has meanwhile decided to hand over the dacoity case to Central Bureau of Investigation for faster probe. Citing the reasons for its willingness to hand over the case to CBI, Home Minister R Lalzirliana at a press conference earlier said that the case has national as well as international implications as gold smuggling racket was at the root-cause of the dacoity.
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