Airport Armed Police (AAP) Battalion on Sunday arrested two passengers along with gold weighing around 1.111 kg while they were trying to come out from the customs hall of Hazrat Shahjalal Interna-tional Airport (HSIA).
The arrestees were identified as Saddam Hossain (33) and Nizam Khandkar (29). Both of them arrived at the airport by a flight of Emirates airlines from Dubai at around 12:20 pm, said Additional Superinten-dent of Police (SP) of the AAP Mohammad Ziaul Haque.
The AAP officer said when the two detained passengers were collecting their luggage from the baggage belt, the Intelligence wing members of the AAP found them trying to tamper with the baggage trolley.
When the two passengers crossed the green channel of the airport, members of the intelligence wing of the AAP detained them and brought them to the AAP office. During primary interrogation, the two pas-sengers denied carrying any item illegally, but later they admitted to having gold with them.
Ziaul Haque also said, after that, the hidden gold was recovered from the trolley, bag and wristwatch with passengers Saddam Hossain and Nizam Khandkar. Apart from gold bars, gold plates were also re-covered. Although the plate appeared to be white in color, chemical tests have confirmed that it is 24 carat gold. 420 grams of gold was recovered from passenger Saddam Hossain and 691 grams from Ni-zam Khandkar. Both arrived on the same flight from Dubai. The total weight of recovered gold is 1 kg 111 grams. Its market value is around 1 crore 10 lakh taka, he said and added that legal action has been taken against them.