NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 24 - The illicit trade of fake gold, which has given a bad name to Lakhimpur district, received a severe blow recently following a raid by the police on a workshop making fake artifacts in Daulatpur village, Nowboicha.
The success against this illicit trade came on May 15 when a team of policemen led by Lintu Borah, IC, and ASI John Pathori of Bangalmara police outpost raided a house in the village following a tip off. The house was being used as a workshop for making artifacts like various statues of fake gold which were sold to gullible customers.
Two persons, Safiqul and Imran Hussain were arrested by the police from the spot. This incident is only a single example of this illicit trade, which has a huge network affecting hundreds of customers. This was the first success of the police against this illegal act, which has been going on for years with not a single case being registered.
Recently two arrests were made by the police in this connection in which the main accused had managed to escape. Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur, Vivek Raj Singh has initiated a public awareness campaign against the fake gold trade in Lakhimpur district. He has started this campaign by involving the police stations of Nowboicha, Silanibari, Laluk, Banderdewa of Lakhimpur district.