Kathmandu: Police have arrested five persons including cleaners at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) with 2.3 kilograms of gold on Thursday night.
A police team from TIA Security Office first nabbed Bhim Kumar Mabol, 28, of Panchthar and Suman Tamang of Nuwakot with the gold. Both are employed at the airport through Sungabha Suppliers as cleaners.
According to a preliminary investigation, Mabol collected the gold from a toilet of an aircraft of Himalaya Airlines that had just landed from Dubai. Mabel had then handed over half of the gold to Tamang.
They were caught while leaving the airport area, said SSP Bhim Prasad Dhakal.
Police arrested three more people involved in the smuggling of the yellow metal after interrogating the duo. The law enforcement agency detained Rajesh Rai, 28, of Udayapur, taxi driver Hem Bahadur Thapa, 41, of Dolakha and supervisor of Sungabha Suppliers Tarakanta Chaudhary, 36, of Saptari.
Tribhuvan International Airport is a major route for gold smuggling. Racketeers have been using returnee migrant workers to smuggle gold to Nepal.