If the theft of gold from the secured warehouse is known, Dhaka Custom House gives the opportunity to hide it instead of taking action against those involved. On the instructions of two additional and two joint commissioners, assistant revenue officers ARO Shahidul and Saidul bought gold worth Tk 80 lakh and deposited it in the warehouse. These facts have emerged in the progress report of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).
AROs Masum Rana and Akram Sheikh were given charge of the secure warehouse of customs valuables at the airport on August 6 last year. On August 17, they took the keys from former AROs Shahidul Islam and Saidul Islam Shahed. Shahidul and Saidul could not hand over the six seized documents-DM’s gold while explaining the goods.
Masum and Akram reported the matter to Joint Commissioner Minhaj when no gold was found despite many searches. Dhaka Custom House held a meeting with four revenue officials the next day. Shahidul and Saidul were pressured to return the gold within two days. But it didn’t work. Later Shahidul and Saidul took the initiative to buy gold on the advice of ADC Farid Uddin and Moshiur Rahman, Joint Commissioner Imtiaz and Minhaj. They caught a person named Aziz. Both of them gave 40 lakhs and a total of 80 lakhs.
On August 23, Aziz arrived at the airport with the gold. An aviation security worker delivered the gold to Shahidul. The gold was deposited in the warehouse in the presence of Joint Commissioners Imtiaz and Minhaj and Deputy Commissioner Segufta Mehjabin.
PBI Additional IG Banaj Kumar Majumdar said that efforts are on to recover the lost gold.
PBI has obtained the account information used for money transactions. The transaction information is being verified from the concerned bank. However, PBI has not yet questioned the senior officers named in the investigation.
Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of TIB, said that if the stolen gold is bought from the market and given an opportunity to fulfill it, it is an attempt to completely cover up the crime. All involved in this act will be held accountable.
A case was registered at the airport police station last September in connection with the theft of around 56 kg of gold from the customs warehouse at Shahjalal airport.