Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Police arrests notorious gold smuggling racketeer Gore

Police arrested Chudamani Upreti alias Gore of Urlabari, the alleged mastermind behind the smuggling of 33.5 kg gold and related murder of a carrier Sanam Shakya.
The police – hosting a press meet at the Home Ministry today – made public the notorious gold don.
The member of a team investigating into the smuggling and subsequent murder of a mule Sanam Shakya confirmed the arrest of mastermind, against which International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) had also issued a diffusion notice a couple of days ago.
The case of the smuggling is currently underway at Morang District Court as the body of Shakya was recovered from Biratnagar.
Following an investigation opened in the wake of Shakya’s murder, Government Attorney’s Office of Morang on May 2 had filed cases against 63 persons at Morang District Court claiming that they had smuggled around 38 quintals of gold worth over Rs 17.018 billion over the years since 2015. But 32 of those charge-sheeted in connection with the smuggling and murder are still absconding.
Gore was at large ever since the death of Shakya, who had been electrocuted allegedly on Gorey’s instruction.
Though, the government formed probe team leader Ishwor Poudel – joint secretary at the Home Ministry – claimed to have arrested him at Gauri Ghat in Pashupati today morning, he is said to have been arrested from Silgudi and brought to Kathmandu. But some also claimed that he has surrendered due to threat to his life.
As much as 33.5 kg smuggled gold brought from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on January 21. Later, investigations had revealed that Gore was the mastermind of the smuggling and the precious yellow metal belonged to MK Agrawal, though no one has a clue, who he is.
The case took a nasty turn after SSP Bikashraj Khanal – the incharge of Makwanpur District Police Office – was arrested in connection with the case, the murder of alleged carrier of smuggled gold, and the disappearance of 33.5 kg precious yellow metal.
The 33.5 kg gold smuggled through the TIA had mysteriously disappeared from Kathmandu before reaching its intended destination.
The smuggling case drew much public attention following the murder of Sanam Shakya, an alleged smuggler. Shakya’s was tortured to death in Urlabari on March 2 and his body was recovered from a vehicle (Ba 12 Cha 5963) in Biratnagar the following day. Police said electric shock was the cause of Shakya’s death.

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