GUWAHATI: Fifteen Gecko lizards which were being smuggled outside the country were seized from a person at Guwahati railway station today, GRP sources said.
Acting on a tip-off, GRP personnel apprehended a person identified as Sanjay Ray (36) along with the Geckos from 15636 Dwarka Express on platform number 7 of the station, the sources said.
The lizards were kept in a suitcase by Sanjay, who hails from from Kolkata and came here from Tripura by bus last night. He was travelling to Siliguri by the train, they said.
Sanjay confessed to GRP that he was taking the Geckos to Nepal for smuggling them to China where they fetch large sums of money in the grey market, the sources said.
"The trading range for the spot USD/INR pair is expected to be within 61.20 to 62.20," Brahmbhatt added. Meanwhile, premia closed steady to better.
The benchmark six-month premium payable in June ended at its previous closing level of 199.5-201.5 paise while premium on forward contracts maturing in December finished a tad higher at 396-398 paise from 395-397 paise.
The Reserve Bank of India fixed the reference rate for dollar at 61.6990 and for Euro at 71.3302. The rupee strengthened against the pound to 93.53 from last Friday's close of 94.07 and also hardened to 52.60 per 100 Japanese yen from 53.02.
However, rose further to 71.53 per euro from 71.66 last weekend.