280 gold bars seized at Dhaka Airport
Asif Islam Shaon

The recovered bars weighed about 32kg and are worth almost TK147m

The airport armed police battalion recovered 280 gold bars from a Flydubai flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early Tuesday morning.

Custom Commissioner Zakia Sultana said police seized the abandoned gold, wrapped in a black piece of cloth, from a restroom of the airplane.

The recovered bars weighed about 32kg gold and are worth about TK147m.

Custom officials said they had already been informed that the Dubai flight would be carrying the shipment of gold.

The customs commissioner suspects that the person carrying the gold had sensed the presence of police, abandoned the gold in the bathroom of the aircraft and fled the scene.

It is widely known that many rings are involved in the smuggling of gold, currencies, various precious metals, stones and materials through the airport, in cahoots with a section of officials and employees of various government and non-government agencies deployed at the airport.

In the last eight months, more than 100 hauls of gold, weighing in around 300kg, and other precious items have been seized at the airport.

From January 1 this year, the Customs alone seized more than 200kgs of gold, and currencies from different countries, worth Tk70m.

On July 24, customs officials seized the biggest ever haul of 1065 bars of gold, weighing in at 124kg.

According to the airport authorities, more than 3,600 people have been arrested in the last three years for their involvement in smuggling. The arrestees include airline crewmembers, officials and employees of the civil aviation, customs, immigration, National Security Intelligence and Ansar members.

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