Customs officials at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Sunday seized 25kg of gold from a man who arrived from Singapore on a wheelchair, in the biggest bust of this year.
The seized 256 gold bars are worth about Tk15.5 crore.
The detained Jamil Akter, 48, a Nilphamari native, arrived on a Singapore Airlines flight around 10:30pm on Saturday.
This is the largest gold bust of this year. Last year, another passenger on wheelchair was caught with 23kg gold.
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The seized 250 gold bars/ Handout
“Acting on a tip-off, our team confronted the man when he was crossing the green channel on a wheelchair, pretending to be unwell,” Dhaka Customs House Preventive Team Assistant Commissioner Ahsanul Kabir said.
“He denied having any gold initially, but admitted to it later, during interrogation. We found 250 gold bars in a vest kept between his legs.
“The man has a chips shop in Singapore. He went in and out of the country 13 times in the last six months,” the customs official added.
Customs officials were preparing to hand over him to police after filing a criminal case.
Meanwhile, another team found 6kg gold abandoned in a plane that arrived from Singapore on a US-Bangla Airlines flight on the same day.
Acting on a tip-off, another customs official team found out that gold was being smuggled through a US-Bangla Airlines flight. It came from Singapore on Sunday at 7:45am. They found the six gold bars abandoned in the plane’s bathroom, said AC Ahsanul Kabir.
He said the 6 gold bars were scotch taped together. Each gold bar weighs 1kg and is said to be worth Tk3 crore in the market.
The customs officials will take legal action against the perpetrators in both the incidents, he added.