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Gold haul accused kills self in police custody

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 14, 2018-

A man accused of smuggling 33.5 kgs of gold along with others committed suicide on Friday while he was in police custody, authorities said.

The accused suicide gives a mysterious twist to the smuggling case that allegedly has complicity of police officers considering the huge value of the contraband. 

Prem Raj Chaudhary, a resident of Rajapur Municipality-7, Bardiya, committed suicide at the Anamnagar based custody of Metropolitan Police Circle, police said. Chaudhary was a loader of Nepal Airlines Corporation.

Police claimed he committed suicide in the bathroom before 5 am on Friday. This is the second death in the gold smuggling case. 

On the second week of February, the 33.5 kgs gold smuggled from the United Arab Emirates via Tribhuvan International Airport went missing before it reached the intended receiver. During the search for the missing smuggled gold, its carrier ‘mule’ Sanam Shakya was found murdered after he was tortured. 

Suspecting the involvement of police officials, Nepal Police Headquarters has named a high-level investigation team to investigate the strange gold smuggling case. 

The police headquarters took this decision stating further investigation was necessary to ascertain the role of police in the murder of smuggler Shakya.

Police had recovered Shakya’s body from a vehicle during security check in Lahan, Siraha district on March 3. Shakya was missing for four days before police found him dead.

Senior officers have called SSP Dibesh Lohani, DSP Prajit KC and SI Balkrishna Sanjel of Metropolitan Crime Division to the headquarters for inquiry.

The Home Ministry too has formed a high-level probe committee led by joint secretary Ishwor Poudel.

Published: 14-04-2018 07:46

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