ITBP Seizes 108 Gold Bars Near Indo-China Border in Ladakh

GG News Bureau
Ladakh, 10th July. 
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has made its largest-ever gold recovery near the Indo-China border in Ladakh, seizing 108 gold bars, each weighing one kilogram. Alongside the seizure, the ITBP has arrested three individuals involved in the smuggling operation, as confirmed by an official statement from the border guarding force.

The seized contraband, valued at over Rs 84 crore based on current gold prices, also included two mobile phones, a binocular, two knives, and Chinese food items like cakes and milk.

“This is the biggest haul of gold recovered by ITBP in its history. The seized material will be handed over to the customs department,” the ITBP official stated.

The operation was conducted by the 21st battalion of ITBP in the Changthang sub-sector of eastern Ladakh, encompassing areas such as Chizbule, Narbula, Zangle, and Zakla. The patrol was initiated in response to increased smuggling activities observed during the summer months.

According to the official account, the ITBP received specific intelligence inputs regarding smuggling activities near Sriraple, situated just 1 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC). During the patrol on Tuesday afternoon, the patrolling party led by deputy commandant Deepak Bhat encountered two individuals on mules.

Upon attempting to evade capture, the smugglers were apprehended following a pursuit by ITBP personnel. Initially claiming to be medicinal plant dealers, a thorough search of their belongings revealed the hidden cache of gold bars and other illicit items.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Tsering Chamba (40) and Stanzin Dorgyal, residents of Ladakh’s Nyoma area. Another person was also detained in connection with the recovery. Both ITBP and local police are jointly interrogating the suspects to uncover further details of the smuggling network.

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