A court in Chattogram yesterday put two alleged gold smugglers on a five-day remand each in a case filed with Jorarganj Police Station in the district over the recovery of 600 gold bars on Sunday evening.
The court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahidullah Kaisar passed the remand order after police produced Md Rakib, 34, and Karim Khan Kalu, 34, before it in connection with the case filed under the Special Powers Act, said Court Inspector Bijan Barua.
Police produced the duo before the court with a 10-day remand prayer but the court granted five days, said Inspector Bijan.
Meanwhile, Chattogram district's Superintendent of Police (SP) Noor E Alam Mina said they are professional gold smugglers and their plan might have been to smuggle the gold into India via the border of Chuadanga, home district of both the arrestees.
Addressing a press conference at District Police Lines in the city's Halishahar area, the SP said the source of this gold could not be known immediately.
During primary investigation, police found fake documents from the SUV that they were using to transport the gold bars. Police seized three number plates from the vehicle, and Kalu, the driver had no licence, said the SP at the press briefing.
“After they were detained, driver Kalu showed a copy of a general diary (GD) filed over missing of his driving licence. At present, we are trying to find the owner of the vehicle,” the SP said.
He added, “The gold smuggling syndicate is too strong and we believe that they have chosen the highways to smuggle gold using luxurious vehicles to dodge law enforcers.”
“Earlier we have seized a huge amount of yaba consignment from the highway, but we have never seized such a huge amount of gold from there. It seems that gold smugglers have changed their routes,” said the SP.
He also said they are trying to find the godfathers behind this illegal business.