Customs Intelligence officials seized around 7.3 kilogrammes of gold worth about Tk 3.65 crore and detained a man in this connection at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka this morning.
The detainee Al Amin boarded a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines No. BG 087 which landed the airport from Malaysia around 6:00am, Moinul Khan, director general of customs intelligence at the airport, told The Daily Star.
Following his suspicious movement, the customs officials challenged him while he was passing through the green channel.
At one stage, they recovered five gold bars weighing one kilogramme each, one bar half kg and 18 bars weighing 100 grammes from his possession.
The customs officials also seized a total of 26 passports with Malaysian visa from his possession.
Al Amin is an active member of an international human trafficking gang and so he has been carrying the passports intending to traffic human from Bangladesh, Moinul said.
Meanwhile, Government Railway Police (GRP) detained a young man and sized 40 gold bars weighing around 5 kilogrammes from his possession at the Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka this morning.
The detained person Shahin, 35, came from Chittagong by the train Turna Nishita Express, Abdul Majid, officer-in-charge of Kamalapur GRP Police Station, told The Daily Star.
The OC said acting on a tip-off, a team of GRP launched a raid at the train and detained Shahin after he got down on the platform at around 7:30am.
Later, the law enforcers conducted a search on Shahin's body and recovered the gold bars, the OC said.
Market value of the gold bars is estimated around Tk 2.40 crore, he added.