File photo: Gold Bars

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Customs officials on Monday said it seized 150 gold bars weighing 17.4 kg at Bangladesh’s Shah Amanat International Airport in seaport city Chattogram from a plane arriving from Abu Dhabi.

Nurunnahar Lily, a senior customs official, told journalists that they seized the gold bars worth about 100 million takas (about $1.16 million) from Biman Bangladesh’s flight BG-128 that landed on Monday morning.

Acting on a tip-off, she said the customs officials carried out a search after the plane landed and discovered the bars inside the air-conditioning panel above the passenger’s seat.

No one was arrested in connection with the seizure.

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Sources said organised gangs of local smugglers, having links with their foreign sidekicks, have been increasingly using Bangladesh as a transit for the illegal transportation of gold, foreign currencies, contraband drug and medicines.