13.6 Kg Gold seized by Airport Armed Police: 1 Held
13.6 kg gold has been seized today when Airport Armed Police, a new unit of Bangladesh Police working at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, drove a special operation at the boarding bridge area. Acting on a tip off, plain clothed Airport Armed Police (AAPBn) members recovered around 13.6 kg gold from a flash tank (cistern) in a toilet near boarding bridge-1 today at around 1145 am. One passenger Md. Monwarul Haque (45) arrived from Dubai by a flight of Fly Dubai to Dhaka. When he straightly entered the toilet near boarding bridge-1 with his hand luggage, suspicion grew in the mind of an AAPBn plain clothed personnel. He then followed Monwarul inside the washroom. When Monwarul passed about 45 minutes inside the toilet, the AAPBn member continued to follow him there.
As Monwarul came out of there, AAPBn member informed another AAPBn colleague to follow him while he entered the same toiled Monwarul came out from. He found the flash sink cover slightly opened and found a small coffee color bag inside it. He then informed his senior officer who turned up very fast at the scene with members from different intelligence agency at the airport along with the Magistrate. He then recovered the packed in which there were 6 bars. They then came down to have those weighed. In the meantime, Monwarul was arrested while he was about to leave the airport.
Later on, the golden bars were examined and weighed before all the intelligence agency members. It was finally found that there was 13.6 kgs of Gold biscuits (117 biscuits, each weighing 10 Tolas). In addition to the gold, AAPBn members found 5 expensive Sony Ericsson Experia mobile phones along with a around 200 Memory cards and other electronic gadgets.
In the questioning, Monwar told the police and reporters that, one Mr. Debu is the owner of the gold and another Mr. Ferdous in Dubai handed over the gold to him to hand it over to one Mr. Aziz. Monwarul traveled Dubai 5 times for very short time, each of which lasted 1 day mostly. He also traveled Malaysia and Singapore, Thailand for the sake of smuggling gold into Bangladesh. Arrested Monwar hailed from Kaliganj of Gazipur District. A case was being filed in this connection.