10kg gold bars found in Biman flight

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Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) yesterday recovered 86 gold bars weighing 10 kgs from underneath a passenger seat of a Biman flight from Dubai at the port city’s Shah Amanat International Airport.

Acting on a tip-off, a CIID team carried out a drive in Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG-148 that touched down at around 9:30 am, said AKM Sultan Mahmood, deputy director of CIID.

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The gold bars, which were worth about Tk 7 crore, were wrapped in scotch tape.

No arrest has been made in connection with the incident yet.

The gold bars would be deposited with the Bangladesh Bank, as per the laws of the land.

It is very difficult for a passenger to commit such a crime on his own, according to Mahmood.

“We had conducted several drives in aircraft and recovered a huge quantity of gold bars abandoned in toilet, galley and some other parts of the plane. Such smuggling is not possible without the involvement of aircraft staffers,” he told The Daily Star.

Contacted, Tahera Khandaker, general manager of public relations at Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said the flag carrier is yet to receive any information about the incident.

The customs officials should be able to determine how the gold bars entered the aircraft and who were involved in the incident.

“If they complain to us naming specific Biman employees, we will suspend them.”

Moreover, if someone is arrested by the customs or the police for committing such an offence, action is taken based on the final investigation reports of the agencies, she added.

Between January 2015 and October this year, 3,681 abandoned gold bars weighing about 438 kg have been recovered from flights of different carriers, according to Chittagong airport customs officials.

Earlier on February 22, Chattogram Custom House and CIID in a joint drive recovered 150 gold bars worth about Tk 9.5 crore from air conditioner panels of a Biman flight from Dubai. Customs officials failed to detain anyone in connection with that incident.

Then on October 25 last year, Chattogram Custom House officials recovered 160 gold bars, worth about Tk 11 crore, abandoned on a passenger seat of another Biman flight from Dubai.

On October 2, 2019, CIID detained Mohammad Ilias, a cleaner of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, with 36 gold bars worth about Tk 2 crore from Biman flight BG-128 from Dubai.

Ilias was detained when he was returning to the airport terminal after cleaning the aircraft, said customs officials.

The biggest haul of gold bars at Chattogram airport was reported on April 8, 2019, when CIID seized 200 gold bars worth about Tk 12 crore from the galleys of a Biman aircraft coming from Abu Dhabi.

The gold bars were recovered from two boxes stashed under the basins of two galleys of the aircraft.

Customs officials have so far failed to identify any of the smugglers involved in the crimes.

In April 2019, the commissioner of the Chattogram Custom House sent a letter to the National Board of Revenue asking it to identify the main culprits behind such smuggling. However, the authorities failed to identify anyone.

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