170 gold bars seized at Shahjalal airport
Customs officials recovered 170 gold bars weighing about 20 kilogrammes from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Tuesday night and yesterday morning.
On information, the officials searched an aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines that landed from Hong Kong and found two bags filled with 146 gold bars in a toilet at 11:30pm on Tuesday, said Md Wajed Ali, assistant commissioner of customs.
The street value of the gold recovered is about Tk 6.5 crore, he added.
In another incident yesterday, the officials arrested one Sohel Rahman, 38, with 24 gold bars worth about Tk 1.09 crore.
Sohel, who returned from the United Arab Emirates, hid the gold bars on his person, said Md Wajed Ali, adding that this was the seventh recovery in the last 10 days.
Hours before Tuesday night's recovery, a man with six gold bars was arrested. On October 25, a hajji with 1.16kg of gold was arrested.
A total of 280 gold bars weighing around 33 kilogrammes were recovered from a Dubai-based low-cost carrier on October 22.
On July 24, customs officials seized 1,064 gold bars weighing around 124 kilogrammes, the biggest ever haul at the airport since Bangladesh's independence, from the luggage chamber of a Biman flight.