Customs officials and police personnel were attacked by miscreants during a drive at a warehouse suspected of storing duty-free goods imported under the bonded warehouse facility at Nayabazar in the capital early on Thursday.
Three customs officials sustained injuries as the miscreants swooped on them with sticks, brick chips and stones. They also vandalised a vehicle of Customs Bond Commissionerate (CBC).Police later arrested one of the attackers-- Mahfuzur Rahman, 48, from the spot and seized three covered vans loaded with duty-free goods worth about Tk 1.5 crore imported under the bond facility. A case was filed with Kotwali Police Station in this connection.
As per the directive of CBC commissioner SM Humayun Kabir, two teams led by deputy commissioner Rezvi Ahmed and assistant commissioner Sharif Mohammad Faisal conducted drives to prevent the illegal sale of goods imported under the bond facility. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) personnel assisted the teams.
Action on a tip-off, the teams found an unnamed warehouse at Dakeshwari in Lalbagh around 1:00am. It was used to store a large quality of goods imported under the bond facility. The teams also conducted a drive at Nayabazar crossing and seized three covered vans full of duty-free goods imported by V Tek Packaging Industry around 4:00am.
The customs officials came under attack immediately after seizing the goods.
CBC commissioner SM Humayun Kabir said that all the attackers and their bosses would be brought to book.