Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) has started removing radioactive materials from a container which was seized by Chittagong Customs House from Chittagong port on August 22.
A nine-member team of BAEC started removing the radioactive substances on Monday.
Earlier, BAEC collected samples from the container and detected the presence of radioactive substance inside it.
A team headed by Debashish Pal, chief scientific officer of BAEC, opened the container in order to recover the radioactive substances.
The container was kept at a restricted place in Chittagong port to prevent the spreading of radiation.
According to BAEC, there are around 48 sacks of zinc oxide and one of the sacks may contain radioactive substances.
Chittagong-based Citadel Global Corporation was supposed to export the container to China.
Radioactive materials can cause damage to the human body – weakening and damaging DNAs in cells.