International gangs are involved in smuggling gold through Bangladesh to neighboring countries, according Rab and customs intelligence.
These gold smugglers are using particularly the border areas of the country to commit the crime.The law enforcers detained many gold smugglers by this time. Most of these criminals smuggled gold several times before they were arrested.
Members the international gold smuggling gangs remain active across the country to do the misdeed through various means.
The elite force and customs intelligence came to know the information after arresting the members of gold smuggling gangs from the capital and elsewhere across the country in recent times.
A team of Rab-11 arrested five men with 200 gold bars weighing around 24 kg from Dohar upazila of Dhaka on Friday.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-11 recovered the gold bars and detained five men for illegal possession of gold bars, Alep Uddin, senior assistant director of Rab-11, said.
The arrested are Mohsin, 47, Firoj, 34, Siddique, 46, Mizan, 34, and Aminul Islam 40.On September 2, Rab detained six active members of an international gang from Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Pachdona in Narsingdi. They are Jamal Hossain, Tanveer Ahmed, Razu Hossain, Abul Hasan, Razu Ahmed and Alauddin. The law enforcers recovered 120 gold bars weighing around 14 kg and 13 mobile phone sets from their possession.
During primary interrogation, the arrested said they had been smuggling gold to neighbouring countries through border areas for a long time.
On July 26, the customs intelligence detained an Indian national named Azhar Uddin from Joynagar at Damuhura in Chudanga and recovered seven gold bars weighing 700 grams. Azhar is the son of late Abdur Rahim Khan, hailing from Khidirpur village in Kolkata. He told the intelligence that earlier he smuggled gold from Bangladesh to India for 14 times within a span of two months.