Gold bars seized from Qatar Airways plane in Dhaka airport by Bangladesh police

Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Qatar Airways CargoLess than two weeks after seizing 200 gold bars, police in Bangladesh’s main airport in capital Dhaka seized another 320 gold bars from a plane that arrived from Doha, Xinhua news agency reported.


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.

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