SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The police authorities in the state of Odisha in India have seized gold and silver ornaments worth INR 3.1 crore, while it was being smuggled from Tamil Nadu in a car. Four person including the car driver were arrested, said the Superintendent of Police.
The extraordinary haste, upon being intercepted by police, created doubts in the minds of police personnel. Upon searching the car, they identified a door to a secret chamber, when the cover of a rear seat was removed. The officials recovered around 4.66 kilogram of gold and 185.5 kilograms of silver ornaments from the chamber. The ornaments were seized following failure by the persons to provide valid bill of purchase. The four were detained in Golantara police station.
The GST and IT authorities have been informed about the seizure, who will further investigate the case. According to police, the persons were allegedly transporting the ornaments from Tamil Nadu to be sold to jewellers in Behrampur, Odisha.
The exact place of origin of the ornaments is under investigation. The investigation is expected to unearth the racket behind smuggling of gold and silver ornaments. The gold traders in South India frequently smuggle gold to Behrampur in order to evade Goods and Services Tax (GST).