The Rapid Action Battalion filed two cases against Dhaka North City Corporation councillor and also a Juba League leader Tarequzzaman Rajib while another councillor of the city corporation Habibur Rahman Mizan was sent to jail on Sunday.
Rapid Action Battalion acting company commander Md Kamruzzaman said that the cases were filed with Bhatara Police Station in allegation of keeping illegal arm and narcotics.
Bhatara Police Station officer-in-charge Quamruzzaman told New Age that the battalion handed over Tarequzzaman Rajib to them as two cases had already been filed against him — one under the Narcotics Control Act and another under the Arms Act.
The battalion arrested Rajib, councillor of DNCC ward 33, from a house in the Basundhara residential area on Saturday night on the basis of specific allegations brought against him in relation to extortion, land grabbing and terrorism.
Hours after his arrest he was expelled from the post of joint general secretary at Jubo League’s Dhaka north unit.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan magistrate Md Tofazzal Hossain sent Mizan, DNCC wards no 32 councillor, to jail refusing his appeal for bail while he was produced to the court after the end of his seven-day remand.
On October 11, the battalion arrested Mizan, councillor and former general secretary of Mohammadpur thana Awami League, from Sreemangal upazila of Moulvibazar as part of the ongoing drive against the casinos while he was allegedly trying to flee the country.
The battalion seized cheques amounting to Tk 6 crore and 77 lakh, FDR of about Tk 1 crore and cash of about Tk 2 lakh from Mizan’s house.
They alleged that Mizan was engaged in corruption, land grabbing, toll collecting from footpath, markets, illegally taking over cable and internet businesses alongside patronising gambling and involving in torture.
Media report said that Mizan was a leader of the Freedom Party before he started his career in the Awami League and he was also an accused in a case for attempting to kill prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
On September 18, law-enforcement agencies started a drive against the illegal casinos and bars when they arrested Young Men’s Club president Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, also organising secretary of Juba League’s Dhaka south unit.
The Rapid Action Battalion and the police had raided over 20 sporting and recreation clubs in the capital including Fakererpool Young Men’s Club and Wanderers Club, Kalabagan Krira Chakra, Dhanmondi Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Arambagh Krira Sangha, Dilkusha Sporting Club, and Victoria Sporting Club.
At least 273 leaders and activists of the ruling party and its front organisations were arrested so far in the drive.
On October, 6, the battalion arrested Jubo League’s Dhaka south city unit president Ismail Chowdhury Samrat along with his associate Armanul Haque Arman from Chauddagram of Cumilla.
As the drive began, almost all suspected club operators, who are also leaders of the ruling Awami League and its associate and front organisations, went into hiding.
The battalion officials said that some leaders were also trying to flee the country to avert arrest as did Mizan.
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