Three remanded over 55kg gold theft at Dhaka airport

A Dhaka court placed three people, including two customs officials, on four-day remand each in a case filed over the missing of 55 kg gold worth over Tk 45 crore from customs warehouse at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate court placed the three on a four-day remand and sent them to jail on Tuesday as police produced the accused before the court again and pleaded to place them on 10-day remand each. On the other hand, he requested to keep the remaining five accused in jail.

The remanded accused are- assistant revenue officers Md Shahidul Islam and Saidur Islam Shahed, and sepoy M. Afzal Hossain, said Mozaffar Hossain, sub-inspector of the Airport police station.

Meanwhile, on September 13, eight people, including three customs officials, were arrested in connection of the gold theft incident. Later, they were produced before the court by the investigating officer of the case and he then sought a 10-day remand for a fair investigation into the case.  After the hearing, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mehedi Hasan remanded them for five days each. The five accused who were remanded before are Akram Sheikh, 36, and Masum Rana, 33, Md Mozammel Haque, 35, Niamat Hawlader, 27, Md Rezaul Karim, 36.

On September 2, an airport official noticed during regular patrolling that the lock of a particular volt was broken. Later, around 55.51 kilograms of gold, worth about Taka 45 crore, was reported ‘stolen’ from the volt of the customs transit go-down.

An FIR was lodged with the Airport Thana on September 3 by Mohammad Sohrab Hossain, Assistant Customs Officer of the Preventive team of the Dhaka Customs in this regard.








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