Customs intelligence officials detained three people and seized 20 gold bars from their possession at Benapole Check-post in the Jashore district on Monday.
The arrestees were identified as Md Habib, 37, son of Mosharraf Hossain of Nagarkanda village in Faridpur district, Mahiuddin, 36, son of Shahid Molla and Rony Ahmed, 44, son of Amzad Molla of Gopalganj district.
Acting on a tip-off that a huge consignment of gold is being smuggled to India, a team of customs officials intercepted three passengers while crossing the immigration point around 8am, said deputy director of Benapole Custom Intelligence Sayekh Arefin Zahedi.
After interrogation, all of them confessed to possessing gold in their rectums.
Later, the customs intelligence officials seized gold bars.
The market value of the seized gold bars is Tk 1.74 crore.