Assam Rifles Colonel Arrested For Stealing Smuggled Gold


Aizawl: A senior army officer and 8 armymen have been arrested for allegedly stealing gold bars seized from smugglers in Mizoram. In December 2015, Colonel Jasjit Singh and his men from his 39 Assam Rifles, had intercepted over 50 gold bars being smuggled in from Myanmar.

But the seized gold was not deposited to the treasury. The smugglers were allowed to go. The Mizoram Police alleges efforts were made to recover the gold when it was found that a unit of the 39 Assam Rifles had intercepted it.

A case was filed on April 21, 2016 and a Special Investigation team was formed to look into the heist and the possibility of the army unit’s involvement in it.

Colonel Singh allegedly refused to cooperate with the investigation and moved for anticipatory bail. But he was arrested today after his bail plea was rejected. He is in the custody of Mizoram police now.