GRP suspects insiders hand – to conduct a thorough probe into the racket
Guntur (GNT): Illegal transportation of diamonds, gold, and silver ornaments by trains between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is thriving due to corruption and negligence of some railway officials, allege a senior railway police officer.
“The seizure of 274 kg silver ornaments at the Tenali railway station on Sunday shows how smugglers are operating on trains. Smugglers are evading taxes worth crores of rupees and causing huge loss to the government’s exchequer. Besides, they are creating a law and order problem in the State,” said Superintendent of Railway Police (SRP), Vijayawada Division, Ch.Syam Prasad.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered gold ornaments weighing 2 kg and worth crores of rupees earlier. They also seized Rs.58 lakh from a person at the Vijayawada railway station while he was returning after handing over the yellow metal to a trader in the city last year. But, the police had not registered cases on many occasions, which was helping the smugglers, said Mr. Syam Prasad.
“Smugglers are choosing trains to smuggle diamonds, gold, and silver ornaments from Tamil Nadu and other States to Andhra Pradesh by paying ‘mamools’ to some staff. A few months ago, we repatriated a GRP Circle Inspector in Vijayawada for allegedly colluding with smuggler gangs. The charges against the CI are being probed,” Mr. Syam Prasad said.
During investigation, it was revealed that smugglers were doing business wearing ID cards of ‘Bullion Merchants Association’ and ‘Gold Merchants Association’. They appointed agents in Nellore, Guntur, Vijayawada, East and West Godavari, Khammam, Nalgonda, and Hyderabad districts and carrying out the illegal trade. We suspect the role of the police and some railway staff at the railway headquarters in Hyderabad, he said. “On Sunday, the accused travelled in the Sabari Express. How could the smugglers carry 274 kg silver ornaments packed in 10 bags evading the TTEs and the police en route? Similarly, miscreants are transporting explosives and inflammable goods causing fire accidents. The GRP will conduct a thorough probe into the gold smuggling racket,” he said.
- 274 kg silver ornaments seized at Tenali railway station on Sunday
- Smugglers are at work by paying ‘mamools’ to some staff: Syam Prasad