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10.2kg gold seized at Dhaka airport

  • Published at 12:49 am July 20th, 2014

In separate hauls, 58 smuggled gold bars weighing to 10.2 kg have been seized through the arrest of two passengers of separate flights at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the early hours of Sunday.

The detained persons were identified as Amirul Islam, 27, of Gopalganj district and Mohammad Iqbal Hossain, 32, of Chittagong.

The gold bars were smuggled into Bangladesh from Malaysia and Dubai, Hossain Ahmed, commissioner of the Customs Department at the airport told the Dhaka Tribune.

Of the smuggled gold, 50 bars weighing to around 5.8kg were seized by the personnel of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) while 8 more gold bars weighing to around 4kg were seized by the personnel of the Customs Department, he said.

Hossain Ahmed said they seized 8 gold bars weighing to 4.4kg by arresting Amirul immediate after his arrival at Dhaka on a flight of Malaysian Airlines from Malaysia around 1am.

“He was arrested for his suspicious movement while he was about to get out of the airport,” said the customs commissioner, adding: “The gold bars were found wrapped with black cloth in a shopping bag.”

Ishrat Jahan, an assistant commissioner of the Customs Department, said each of the 4 bars out of the total 8 was weighing to one kg while each of the rest of the four bars was weighing to 100 grams.

Meanwhile, around one and a half hours after, in another haul, the CIID personnel arrested Iqbal Hossain with 50 gold bars immediate after his arrival at Dhaka airport from Dubai on a flight of Qatar Airways at around 2:30am.

Moinul Khan, director general of the CIID, said they seized 50 gold bars by searching the bag of Iqbal Hossain while he was about to leave the airport crossing its Green Channel.

The officials of the CIID and Customs Department said processes for filing separate cases against the detained persons were on and they would be handed over to the Airport police station after primary interrogation.

Earlier on Saturday, the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) personnel arrested the Imam of the mosque of Civil Aviation Authorities of Bangladesh (CAAB) at the airport with 18 smuggled gold bars and 18240 US dollars immediately after his arrival at Dhaka airport from Cairo in Egypt via Istanbul on a flight of Turkish Air.

Meanwhile, the smuggling of gold into Bangladesh has reportedly been intensified since neighbouring India has imposed certain restrictions in the import of gold while the incidents of  seizing the smuggling have also turned frequent.

Sources at the airport and intelligence officials said the Indian restrictions in the gold import prompted the smugglers opting for the airports in Bangladesh while a section of officials and employees at the airports play key roles in the smuggling process.

The sources also said several hundred such officials and employees of different government and non-government agencies have also been arrested for their connections in the smuggling.

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