Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Law enforcers detained two foreign nationals allegedly due to their attempt to take away money from the restricted cash counters of Bangladesh Bank (BB) on Wednesday, police said.
Witnesses and officials said the foreigners came before the cash counter at around 3:30 pm (local time) and expressed their interest to exchange US dollars, but the officials concerned suggested them to go to the exchange houses.
But the duo suddenly moved inside the highly sensitive and restricted areas of cash counters in the name of receiving the service, they added.
Talking to BBN, a senior official of the central bank of Bangladesh said one of them tactfully put a bundle of BDT 1000 notes equivalent to BDT 0.10 million into pocket while another engaged in conservation with the official concerned on the table.
He said some of the service receivers standing in the queue observed the stealing attempt and raised their voice, drawing attention of the officials.
Their personal details could not be confirmed immediately. But an executive director of the BB said they would be the nationals of Iran – one of them was holding a passport of Iran.
“We’ve already handed over the suspects to the police for further investigation,” Abu Hena Mohd. Razee Hassan, senior deputy governor of the BB, told BBN in Dhaka on Wednesday night.
He also said the central bank has lodged a general diary (GD) with Motijheel Police Station in this connection.
When contacted, an officer of Motijheel Police Station said they were investigating into the incident.