Lokman remanded for two days

Khalid on fresh 10-day remand 

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:04, Sep 27,2019 | Updated: 00:34, Sep 28,2019


Police take Mohammedan Sporting Club director-in-charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan and expelled Juba League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan to courts in Dhaka on Friday.— Sony Ramany

A metropolitan magistrate court on Friday remanded again ruling Awami Jubo League Dhaka South unit organising secretary Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan for 10 days in custody of the Rapid Action Battalion in two cases while Mohammedan Sporting Club acting director M Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan was remanded by another magistrate for two days.

Khalid was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with his cold-related problem before he was taken to the custody of RAB 3 for next 10 days in custody in two cases filed following his arrest in Gulshan on September 18 over his links to the operation of illegal, casino-like gambling centres in the capital’s Fakirerpul.

Of the two cases — arms act and narcotics control act — he was in custody for a week since September 19 while a third case filed under money laundering act would be investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department.

Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Didar Hossain allowed RAB 3 to interrogate Khaled for five days each  in two cases in response to the applications filed by the investigation officer and assistant superintendent of police Md Belayet Hossain.

Earlier on September 19, another metropolitan magistrate Mahmuda Akter granted a four-day remand for Khaled in one of the three cases while the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shahinur Rahman put him on a three-day remand in another case filed under a drug-related case.

Khaled, president of Youngmen’s Football Club, was arrested on September 18 from his Gulshan residence in the wake of the crackdown at a casino in the football club.

Following his arrest, a number of political leaders and government contractor GK Shamim among others were arrested and cash over Tk 7 crore was seized.

Meanwhile, another magistrate remanded Mohammedan Sporting Club acting director M Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan for two days in connection with a drug-related case filed with Tejgaon Police Station on Thursday, following his arrest at his Monipuripara residence on Wednesday night with four bottles of liquor.

Metropolitan Magistrate Md Sarafuzzaman Ansari passed the order after police produced him before the court with a five-day remand prayer in a drugs case.

The RAB investigators claimed Lokman Hossain, also a director of Bangladesh Cricket Board, was found connected to renting out the club to operate as a gambling centre and amassing huge sums of money and depositing around Tk 41 crore in two banks in Australia.

The RAB director general Benazir Ahmed, meanwhile, on Friday said that they had targeted more casinos and all of them were found closed.

‘We have dismantled all the casinos,’ he told reporters in the capital’s Banani after inspecting an anti-terror drill.

He also called upon all not to spread rumours or gossip over the casino-related investigation. ‘Even, character of individuals is being assassinated… this is not correct,’ the RAB chief said, adding, ‘Some are saying that there are 600 casinos in the city.’

Meanwhile, law minister Anisul Huq also said that the drive would continue while road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said that none of the people who got shares of the illegal casino money would go unpunished.

Citing that the drive against casinos and illegal bars began within the house of Awami League, Obaidul Quader in a programme in Sylhet said, ‘They may belong to Awami League or any other party or to the police administration. This is immaterial. All of them will be brought to book.’

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