The six passengers who arrived from Sri Lanka reached Dhaka via Pakistan and were arrested by customs officers with 370 kilograms of cosmetic items.
All six are Bangladesh nationals and were arrested by customs sleuths on arriving at the Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka.
They were identified as Shaheen Alam, Dalim Hossain, ‘Babul’ and ‘Minar’ from Comilla, Md Mosharaf Bapari from Madaripur and Md Sheikh Khurshid from Narayanganj.
Customs Intelligence Director General Moinul Khan told bdnews24.com that all six were travelling from Colombo via Karachi.
“They had made no declaration about carrying any commercial cargo in line with the baggage rules. Twenty-three bags belonging to them were identified when they landed at the airport. Then when crossing the Green Channel, they were questioned and searched leading to the find,” he said.
Customs Intelligence said the Pakistani products are used in ‘beautification and skin care’.
The arrested passengers had not obtained the necessary clearance from the BSTI as required by the import guidelines.
The kind of bags they were using also cannot be used for the purpose, customs officials said.
Clearance from the Office of the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports is mandatory for carrying commercial quantities of goods. (Colombo Gazette)