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Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Person in charge of Airport Armed Police Battalion Alamgir Hossain said the bars were found under two seats of a Qatar Airways plane after it landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
The gold bars weighed 37 kilogrammes and were worth about 15 million taka (US$192,307.65).
No one was arrested in the incident as the culprit involved in the smuggling attempt managed to escape the scene, said Alamgir.
Customs officials seized 24 gold bars weighing 3 kilogrammes from a passenger who arrived from Saudi Arabia at the same airport on Oct 30.
A day earlier, the airport seized 146 gold bars weighing 17 kilogrammes from a flight shortly after it arrived from Hong Kong.
Local smugglers with foreign links are increasingly using Bangladesh as a transit point for illegal transport of gold, foreign currencies, contraband drugs and medicines.