This time an imam of a mosque of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) was arrested for smuggling in around 1.8 kilograms of gold at Shahjalal International Airport yesterday.
Airport Armed Police Battalion (APBn) members arrested Aslam Sheikh, 32, imam of the Airport Civil Aviation Tower mosque, with 18 gold bars and US $18,240 around 5:30am.
Although police had earlier arrested a number of people including some Caab staffs for their link to smuggling of gold over the last one year, this is the first time an imam was nabbed for such offence.
Aslam went to Egypt five days ago using a tourist visa and landed in Dhaka in a Turkish Airlines flight around 4:45am, said Alamgir Hossain, senior assistant commissioner of the APBn.
The APBn members then challenged him when he was trying to come out through Gate 3 of departure terminal instead of the arrival ones, added Alamgir.
They found the gold bars worth about Tk 75 lakh and the US dollars equivalent to Tk 14.6 lakh hidden inside the shorts under Aslam's trousers.
During primary interrogation, Aslam admitted to the police that a man gave him the gold bars at Cairo airport and assigned him to carry those to one Tareque in Dhaka. He would get Tk 50,000-60,000 in return.
Police suspect that Aslam had been working for a gold smuggling gang for long.
The APBn handed him over to Airport Police Station and a case was filed.
The Caab authorities said Aslam was a contractual employee at the prayer enclosure for their office staff and they would take appropriate action against him.
Meanwhile in another incident at the same airport, the APBn arrested a Malaysia returnee named Ahmed Mamun with 39 gold chains weighing 295 grams.