Papia, husband to be quizzed for 15 days

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:30, Feb 24,2020 | Updated: 02:02, Feb 25,2020


Police take Juba Mahila League’s suspended leader Shamima Nur Papia to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo

Two metropolitan magistrate courts in Dhaka on Monday remanded Juba Mahila League’s suspended leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon in police custody for 15 days for interrogation in three cases.

Metropolitan magistrate Mohammad Jasim sent the couple to police custody for 10 days in two cases filed with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station under the Special Powers Act and the Arms Act.

Metropolitan magistrate Masud-Ur-Rahman sent the couple accused of ‘forced sex slavery’ to police custody for five more days in another case filed with Biman Bandar Police Station under the Special Powers Act.

The same court sent two accomplices of Papia and Sumon —Sabbir Khandaker and Sheikh Taiyaba Nur — to police custody for five days for interrogation in a case filed with Biman Bandar Police Station.

According to the police forwarding report, the accused confessed that they had amassed a huge amount of money in an organised manner through illegal arms, drugs and smuggling trades, extortion, lobbying, fake note business and land grabbing.

The Rapid Action Battalion on Sunday raided two flats belonging to Papia and Sumon after arresting them at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday.

The RAB seized counterfeit notes, foreign currencies and around Tk 2.5 lakh from them.

RAB recovered around Tk 58 lakh in cash raiding two flats on Indira Road in the city’s Farmgate area and also a presidential suite at a five-star hotel.

Apart from the lavish flats in Dhaka, Papia and Sumon — a former Chhatra League leader — own two more flats and two plots worth around Tk 2 crore in Narsingdi and several luxurious cars.

In addition to the fake notes and currencies, they had seven passports in their names.

RAB handed over the four arrestees to Biman Bandar Police Station on Sunday.  

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