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Damurhuda border area a safe route for gold smugglers

  • Published at 08:52 pm July 24th, 2018
Chuadanga 6 BGB standing over gold bars captured from smugglers
BGB Chuadanga 6 unit officials standing behind gold bars seized from smugglers Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

In the last three months, border and customs officials have seized 378 gold bars worth over Tk17 crore

Gold smugglers have been using the Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga, along the Bangladesh-India border, as a safe route to smuggle their wares.

In the last three months, agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) have conducted drives in various areas of the upazila, seizing six large shipments of gold.

A total of 378 gold bars were seized, cumulatively weighing 45.29kg, valued at roughly Tk17.3 crore. Most of this gold was captured while being smuggled out to India.

During one of these drives, which took place on April 25 this year, the Chuadanga 6 unit of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) captured the biggest gold haul in the history of the country at the Nastipur border area, recovering 324 gold bars worth around Tk16 crore. 

Sources in Chuadanga 6 BGB and Benapole customs office said seven people were arrested during these drives.

However, during interrogation, they were found to be day labourers with no idea about the high-ups of the smuggling rings active in the area. 

Five cases have been filed with Damurhuda Model police station in this regard.

Speaking to this correspondent, Khulna and Benapole CIID Deputy Director Saifur Rahman said: “We have seized many shipments of gold and arrested some smugglers from the Darshana integrated checkpoint (ICP), and are constantly gathering intelligence on the activities of these rings. When we find the culprits, we will capture them no matter how powerful they are.”

Chuadanga 6 BGB chief Lt Col Imam Hasan said the BGB was on the lookout for any smuggling-related activity on the border.

“We have handed over the smugglers to police. We are working to find the smugglers,” he said.

Chuadanga Additional Superintendent of Police Tariqul Islam said the names that the law enforcement officials had gotten from the detainees had turned out to be fake upon further investigation. 

“We will keep looking for the real culprits,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.