33kg gold scam becomes mysterious
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.