An inter-state gang with links in Jaipur is reported to be behind the smuggling of emerald in Jharkhand. On Wednesday,one person suspected to have such links,was arrested from near Jamshedpur and precious stones of emerald weighing 400 gram worth more than Rs 20 lakh was recovered from him.
“Ghorabandha in Ghatshila sub division is the area where emerald was mined clandestinely. After mining it was sent to far flung areas in the country and abroad”,said a senior police officer.
Senior Suprintendent of Police of Jamshedpur Akhilesh Jha said Mahboob Ali is a jem merchant from Jaipur.He had bought emerald from illegal miners from around Ghroabandha falling in Ghatshila sub division of the East Singhbhum district and was on his way to sale it in Jaipur”,said Jha.
Though Jha did not disclose the names of these illegal miners of emerald,Ali,who was nabbed by the police on a tip off,had provided details of their background to the police.
Incidentally,emeralds have been held in high esteem since ancient times. For that reason, some of the most famous emeralds are to be seen in museums and collections. The New York Museum of Natural History, for example, has an exhibit in which a cup made of pure emerald which belonged to the Emperor Jehangir is shown next to the ‘Patricia’, one of the largest Colombian emerald crystals, which weighs 632 carats.