Enu, Rupon own 128 flats, transacted over Tk 200cr, says CID

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:53, Jul 14,2020 | Updated: 00:11, Jul 15,2020


Criminal Investigation Department police present Gendaria thana Awami League vice-president Enamul Haque Enu and joint secretary Rupon Bhuiyan before the media at the Malibagh CID office in Dhaka on January 13, 2020 after they were arrested. — New Age photo

The Criminal Investigation Department found that the detained Awami League leaders — Enamul Haque Enu and Rupon Bhuiyan — had transacted over Tk 200 crore through their 91 bank accounts and they own 128 flats in Dhaka, which they bought with the money earned from the casino business.

The CID has also arrested Joy Gopal Sarker, secretary of Wonderers Club from old Dhaka area. Using gold business as a front, he was involved in the casino business, the agency said.

He brought Enamul Haque Enu and his brother Rupon Bhuiya into the casino business, according to CID officials

Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy inspector general of Organised Crime Unit of the CID, revealed the information in a press briefing on Tuesday noon at its headquarters after completing its investigation.

The CID officer disclosed details on Enamul and Rupon’s alleged involvement in the illegal casino business and Enu was a shareholder of Dhaka Wanderers Club’s casino business.

‘During the investigation, we found 20 houses, 128 flats, 25 Katha land around Dhaka city, though we are still searching for more properties, including land,’ said DIG Imtiaz.

He further said, ‘In 91 bank accounts, the two brothers deposited Tk 19 crore.’

The Wanderers Club started OneTen game back in 2007 and introduced casino in 2014, he said.

Most of the property bought and the transactions made in banks by these siblings had mainly been done during the five years between 2014 and 2019.

‘The money [earned] has been primarily spent on jewellery, land and other properties, and the money laundering issue is still under investigation,’ he added.

The siblings’ father as well as his other brothers was involved in gambling business as well, said Imtiaz.

When asked about their brother Rashid Bhuiyan, who had allegedly been involved in the casino business, Imtiaz said that they would also include his name in the charge sheet.

Under the auspices of the former secretary of Wanderers Club Jay Gopal Sarkar, the duo came to this position, said DIG Imtiaz.

‘Jay received a portion of the money earned every day from gambling. And to run the business smoothly, he would provide support and advice,’ the CID official said.

The CID would submit the charge sheet in the four cases, out of the five being investigated by the CID, within one week, by next Tuesday, said DIG Imtiaz.

‘There are five money laundering cases against them. Investigations into the four of them were nearing completion,’ he said. The rest would be completed by the end of the month, he added.

Involvement of sixteen people are mentioned in the charge sheet over the case with Gandaria police station, he said.

Earlier, the CID arrested Enamul Haque Enu and his brother Rupon Bhuiya — both leaders of the Awami League’s Gandaria wing — over their alleged ties to the illegal casino business in Dhaka on 13 January.

Before that, the Rapid Action Battalion on September 24, 2019, seized Tk 5 crore in cash, 720 tolas of gold and five firearms after raiding the houses of Enu, one of his friends and an employee in Old Dhaka.

After the arrest of the two brothers, the RAB on February 24, in a raid seized cash worth Tk 26.55 crore and Tk 5.15 crore in fixed deposits from the residence of Enu and his brother Rupon at Wari in the capital.

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