Major gold haul
Customs officials seized 155 gold bars, weighing around 18 kilograms, from the capital's Shahjalal International Airport yesterday morning.
According to the officials, the gold bars worth about Tk 6 crore.
Acting on a tip off, the officials around 9:30am had searched a bus on the airport tarmac and found the gold bars in a black bag kept on a spare tyre attached to the bus door, said Ayesha Akhter, an assistant commissioner of customs.
She said the bus was carrying United Airways' passengers coming from Mascot.
Customs officials seized the bus and arrested its driver Md Falan Fakir for interrogation. However, none of the passengers have been detained.
A case in connection with the recovery has been lodged with the Armed Police Battalion.
"This is the first time we seized gold from a bus used by passengers from Mascot. Earlier, customs had recovered gold from flights coming from Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore," said Mostafizur Rahman, deputy director of customs intelligence.
He said, "A special team was formed to beef up monitoring over gold smuggling last month, after the biggest gold haul at the airport."
Mahfuzur Rahman, executive officer of ground service of United Airways, said, "The gold bars recovered might have been left by any of nearly 150 passengers of the flight."
Asked what steps the airways has taken to check smuggling, he said it was the job of the civil aviation authorities.
On July 24, as many as 1,065 gold bars weighing around 116kg were recovered at Shahjalal airport. On August 20, an Indian national was arrested at the airport along with 65 gold bars weighing about 8kg.