By Kanhaiyalal Keshari Parsa, Oct. 18: Police have seized a huge amount of gold hidden at an apartment belonging to an Indian national in Parsa district on Saturday afternoon. A team of police from the District Police Office, Parsa, seized more than 23 kilograms of gold from the third floor of the Ganesh Apartment in Birgunj Metropolitan City-5, Superintendent of Police (SP) Krishna Prasai said. The flat belongs to Indian national Ashok Sinha, a permanent resident of Champaran, Bihar, India. Speaking at a press conference organised this afternoon, SP Prasai said that the operation was conducted under the command of SP Ganga Panta. According to Police, the gold was seized from Room No. 303 of the apartment. “During the raid, police seized 22.56 kilograms of gold bars, 681 grams gold jewellery, and 2.06 kilograms of silver jewellery,” according to Prasai. When checked, the gold turned out to be pure and genuine, according to Niraj Kumar Sarraf, chairman of Gold and Silver Entrepreneurs’ Association, Parsa. “Some bars turned out to be pure gold. We are yet to confirm if all the confiscated yellow metal is gold,” said Panta. The present market value of the confiscated gold is Rs. 180 million, he said. Police are further investigating into the case, she added. Parsa police got the information about the gold from special tip-off. Police have, however, received information that Sinha was not in Nepal and had been at his hometown Bihar for the past few months.