Dhaka court acquits Daud Merchant

Staff correspondent | Published: 19:38, Nov 03,2016 | Updated: 14:27, Nov 04,2016

Daud Merchant

Daud Merchant.--Wikipedia photo

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrates Court on Thursday acquitted Indian national Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant from a case related to his suspicious movement under section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The metropolitan magistrate Mohiuddin passed the order as the investigation report of police found no evidences of crimes against Daud.

Earlier on January 14 Dhaka Metropolitan Police sought exemption of Daud Merchant from the case after submitting of a final report in the case stating that no enough evidences could be gathered to prove the charge against Daud Merchant.

Daud Merchant, a reported sidekick of Indian crime boss Daud Ibrahim, was held at Kashimpur Jail gate in Gazipur on December 1, 2014, immediately after his release on bail.
He was arrested on charge of suspicious movement earlier on May 27, 2009, from Mourai in Brahmanbaria.

Daud Merchant alias Rauf Raja, 45, also a convict of the murder of Mumbai music magnate Gulshan Kumar, was now facing other charges, officials said.

Gulshan Kumar, renowned owner of Indian music company T-series, was shot dead on the streets of Mumbai on August 12, 1997. He was believed to have been murdered through paid killers after refusing to pay extortions to city gangsters.

Daud, who had been serving a sentence in an Indian jail since 2002, went into hiding after being released on a 14-day parole in March 2009 to visit his family in Mumbra, a small town about 40 kilometres from Mumbai, the Indian media had reported.

Daud is facing trial in Bangladesh for ‘posing a threat to Bangladesh’s security’ and being in possession of a ‘fake’ passport.



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