Customs officials at the Dhaka airport have seized 45 kg gold from three Malaysian nationals. The three landed in Dhaka on Saturday on a Malaysian Airlines flight, said customs Assistant Commissioner Md Shahiduzzaman Sarkar.
“The estimated market value of the seized 45 kg gold is around Tk 270 million. They said they were only carriers,” he told bdnews24.com.
The three held are He Wooi Khong, 38, Johari bin Harun, 41 and Mohammed Ajwan bin Salihin, 21.
Bangladesh has witnessed a huge spurt in smuggling of gold, though market analysts say much of the gold coming into the country is smuggled into India.
The demand for gold is continuously rising in India and many in the country’s eastern states like West Bengal have been nabbed with huge quantity of contraband gold smuggled from Bangladesh.
As much as 70kg of gold was seized in one such raid by revenue intelligence officials in Kolkata.