Law enforcers in separate incidents arrested three people, including an Indian national, along with 71 gold bars at Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport and Benapole checkpost on Friday.
In Sylhet, a joint team of Customs Intelligence and Armed Police Battalion (APBn) arrested a man along with 60 gold bars weighing around 6.968 kg at the Sylhet airport in the morning, reports UNB.
The arrestee is Iqbal Hossain, 26, son of Sheikh Ahmed of Madhyam Kanchan in Chattogram.
Joynal Abedin, additional police super of APBn Sylhet-7, said a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Mascot, Oman landed at the airport around 10:05am.
On suspicion, the team searched the luggage of Iqbal, a passenger of the flight, and recovered the gold bars worth Tk 38.6 million.
In Benapole, Customs Intelligence members arrested two alleged gold smugglers, including an Indian national, along with 11 gold bars worth Tk 6 million.
The arrestees were identified as Anjan Saha, 30, son of Anil Saha of Bahela area in Kolkata, India, and Lavlu Bepari, 25, son of Abdul Mannan Bepari of Zanjira upazila in Shariatpur district.
According to Benapole Customs Intelligence officials, a team conducted a drive in check-post area and recovered the gold bars from the stomach of the two arrestees.
A case was filed with Benapole Port Police Station in this regard.
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