Runaway Biman official arrested for gold smuggling
11 March 2015, Nirapad News: Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate yesterday detained a fugitive Biman Bangladesh Airlines employee, who officials said was involved in a gold haul smuggling at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on January 14.
Md Emranul Islam, who worked as a mechanic at the national flag carrier’s Engineering and Maintenance Department, was nabbed while wandering around the airport area around 5 pm.
Following his detention, he was taken to the Customs Intelligence office in Moghbazar where its Director General Moinul Khan briefed reporters.
On January 14, officials seized 120 gold bars weighing 14 kilograms from the cargo area of a Biman flight which flew to Dhaka from Dubai. Wrapped in black clothes, the gold bars were found after a four-hour search.
Officials suspected the involvement of Biman staff in the incident as general passengers are not allowed to enter the cargo area. They noticed that workers of shift B were on duty when the flight arrived. But Emranul and another worker Osman Gani left the workplace when officials decided to conduct a search.
“We asked all the workers of shift B to appear before launching the operation but the two did not. Police searched the whole airport for them but to no avail. Also for the last two months, there was no trace of the two. Police filed a case with Airport police station, naming both of them and several others,” said Moinul at the briefing.
“Emranul was nabbed alone today but there is no trace of Gani as yet,” he said. The official said Emranul was also involved in the smuggling of 62kg gold via a Biman flight on February 2.
“He was directly involved in some other similar incidents. As for the January 14 gold haul smuggling, he worked in complicity with the owners of the gold and some corrupt Biman officials. If he is put on remand, we can obtain detailed information on his connection with some large gangs,” said Moinul.
According to him, detectives seized 870kg gold and nabbed 115 smugglers in the last 22 months.
“The detainees have revealed the names of many smugglers, several of whom are involved with Biman. We will arrest them soon,” added Moinul.