Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Thursday said after getting bail gold smuggling former airport employees keep going back to the illegal trade because they control how gold comes into Bangladesh.
Detective Branch (DB) of police said the officials of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport bring consignments of smuggled gold by knowing how to hide them from security personnel at the airport.
On information, DB police arrested three people with 9.33kg gold, worth Tk40,000,000 at Dhaka airport on Tuesday when it was being smuggled out by an airport employee. They arrested men has been identified as – Mir Hossain, Md Faruk Ahmed and Md Shahin.
Mir Hossain worked at Regent Airlines catering department. Faruk is a bona fide gold smuggler who had finances the some of the gold himself and Shahin is their driver.
During a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, Sheikh Nazmul Alam, deputy commissioner (north division) of DB confirmed their arrest and said they are part of a gold smuggling ring.
The police said the gold was smuggled through a Regent Airlines flight from Dubai on October 24 that landed at 5pm. It was then taken to the hanger gate. Police caught the trio when they were about to leave the airport.
DC Nazmul said: “The air hostesses, who were involved in this ring, setup the gold bars under the aircraft's seats. The people of the catering department brought them out after passengers disembarked and handed them over to the trio who was waiting.”
DB police seized 80 gold bars, three mobile phones and a private car from them. The gold bars were supposed to be handed over to someone in Kaula area, Dhaka.
DC Nazmul said the trio is part of a big gold smuggling ring who communicate through an encrypted messaging service called WeChat.
“We have the names of some of their cohorts and we will be trying to arrest them as soon as possible,” he said.