Bangladesh Jewellers’ Association has decided to go for strike for indefinite period from Sunday demanding formation of a gold import policy.
The association leaders took the decision at a meeting at its Dhaka’s Baitul Mukarram Market office, according to its vice-president Enamul Haque Khan.
They have issued a 48-hour ultimatum for the customs and threatened to go on strike unless the confiscated gold from Apan Jewellers are released.
The association’s Vice President Enamul Haque also demanded that the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate’s director general Moinul Khan to be removed.
A gold import policy has been called by the association to help its businesses.
“To destroy the industry, a conspiracy came into play and Moinul Khan is behind it,” he alleged at a media briefing after the meeting.
On Sunday, customs detectives deposited to the Bangladesh Bank some 570kg of gold ornaments and over 7,000 diamond jewellery confiscated from Apan Jewellers.
During the raids on May 14-15, the jeweller was seized from the top brand’s five outlets following which the authorities summoned owners.
Customs detectives interrogated the three owners – Dildar Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed two times following the raids, but they failed to come up with valid documents against the stock.
Dildar is the father of Shafat Ahmed who is arrested on charges of raping two university girls at a hotel in Banani. Three others, co-accused in the case, are also behind bars now.
The investigations into Apan Jewellers were launched by customs detectives following the allegations.