The police investigators have sought information from the immigration authorities over reports that Sikder Group managing director Ron Haque Sikder and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder flew on their private jet to Bangkok on May 25 night just a week after a case had been filed against them for assaulting two officers of Export-Import Bank of Bangladesh Limited.
The bank authorities filed the case accusing the siblings of ‘attempt to murder,’ ‘abduction’ and intimidating two of its top officers over the sanction of Tk 500 crore loan.
Gulshan police station inspector (investigation) Aminul Islam, also the case investigation officer, told New Age that they sought information from the immigration department of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport over the reports that that the suspects had left Dhaka.
‘We are waiting for the information in black and white,’ said Aminul, adding that no one was so far arrested for their alleged involvement in the apparent escape of the suspects.
Sikder Group owns R&R Aviation, which has one Hawker 800A for the overseas charter flight and often used as medical emergency purpose.
The HSIA director AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan told New Age that their flight took off with two passengers at 9:11pm on May 25 on emergency medical purpose.
‘I do not know who were the passengers,’ said the airport director.
Nearly ten days after the case was filed with the Gulshan Police Station on May 19, the police investigators said on Thursday they were collecting information and whereabouts of Ron Haque Sikder, who is also the managing director of Sikder Group, and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder.
The police also said that they were verifying the allegations made by Serajul Islam, the director of Export Import Bank, also known as Exim Bank, over the sanction of Tk 500 crore.
In the case statement, it was alleged that Sikder Group MD and his brother abducted, tortured and intimidated Exim Bank managing director Md Haider Ali Mia and additional managing director Md Firoz Hossain on May 7 as they went to visit Sikder Group properties pledged as security for a loan.
Exim Bank officers were taken to Rupganj and Purbachal to assess the assets pledged for collateral against the loan.
Since the officers refused to evaluate the assets proposed for mortgage as desired by Sikder Group, Haider Ali Mia was shot at a location in Purbachal area but he escaped unhurt, the case statement said.
The Serajul Islam, also a retired lieutenant colonel, alleged that both the bank officers were later forcibly taken to a house in Dhaka’s Banani area on that day where they were threatened and tortured and later released in the evening after taking their signatures on a blank sheet of paper in presence of the two brothers accused in the case.
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