Police has arrested Chudamani Upreti aka Gore, the alleged mastermind of 33 kg gold smuggling case.
He will be made public amid a press meet at around 12 pm today.
High level police sources said Upreti was arrested on Monday but did not reveal from where he was arrested.
The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police on January 5, 2017 had confiscated 33kg gold from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) that had passed undetected through the customs. But the gold 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.
The District Attorney’s Office, Morang, has filed a charge sheet at the Morang District Court against 63 suspects.
Government had formed a committee under Home Ministry’s Joint Secretary Ishwor Poudel to investigate the case.
Poudel-led committee concluded that Upreti and his accomplices smuggled 3,999.6kg of gold since July 2015.