33kg gold scam be­comes mys­te­ri­ous

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The gov­ern­ment-formed com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate into the 33 kg gold scam failed to trace the gold and the main cul­prits in its smug­gling. Al­though Home Min­is­ter Ram Ba­hadur Thapa had an­nounced that the com­mit­tee would catch the big fishes in­volved in the gold smug­gling, it ended con­clud­ing that Gore (Chu­damani Upreti) was the key per­son be­hind the smug­gling of gold amount­ing to 38 tons over the years. But Gore had claimed that he was just a porter. The gov­ern­ment ter­mi­nated the com­mit­tee led by Joint Sec­re­tary Ish­wor Poudel. On July 25, Poudel was ap­pointed as Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion (DoI). from Mon­day. Hence, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has ended with­out find­ing any clues. Paudel, who was made main in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer in the 33 kg gold scam, has now reached the prime lo­ca­tion at DoI, which is the main of­fice to check the ar­rival of all il­le­gal goods that en­ter Nepal via flights.. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee led by Paudel was yet to sub­mit its fi­nal re­port to the gov­ern­ment. It ended its in­ves­ti­ga­tion in mid-July, 2018. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­sid­ered as the long­est in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Nepal's crime his­tory had be­gun from the first week of March, 2018, but it failed to dis­close the mys­te­ri­ous miss­ing of the 33 kg gold and reach the big fishes. What is did was a the ar­rest of a few po­lice of­fi­cers. The com­mit­tee, sources said, pre­pared a re­port iden­ti­fy­ing Gore as main cul­prit be­hind the smug­gling of the gold and killing of Sanam Shakya, the gold car­rier brought from Dubai. The re­port had also men­tioned that Gore had his hand in tak­ing lives of the staff of Nepal Air­lines Prem Narayan Chaudhary, who had com­mit­ted sui­cide at the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Cir­cle in Singha Dur­bar and se­nior tech­ni­cian of Thai air­ways Sonu Bam. Both of them had com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter the scan­dal came to the light.

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