A Dhaka court on Sunday granted a fresh two-day remand for Irfan Salim, Dhaka-7 Awami League lawmaker Haji Salim’s son, and his bodyguard Zahidul Islam in a case filed over assaulting a Navy officer.
Meanwhile, Narayanganj district administration has launched drive on Sunday afternoon to recover 14 bighas land allegedly grabbed by Haji Salim’s Madina Group in at Meghna ghat area of Sonargaon upazila.
The upazila assistant commissioner for land Al-Mamun said that they have identified lands grabbed by the Madina Group and demolished sturctures on over two bighas land built by the group, reported New Age correspondent in Narayanganj.
‘We have marked the land grabbed by Madina Group and instructed them to demolish buildings and other infrastructures by three days. We will resume our drive if they don’t follow our instructions,’ said Mamun.
Haji Salim’s assistant private secretary Sohel, however, claimed that they have llegal docmunets of the land and the lawmaker’s private sectary Mohiuddin Mahmud Belal rushed to Sonargaon upazila with those documents.
The upazila assistant commissioner (Land) office said the land were grabbed and filled with sand in 2018. The district and upazila officials went to the spot and demarcated the government land with red flags then, but Madina Group men removed the flags as soon as the administrative officials left the spot.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Ziaur Rahman of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court passed the order after hearing a five-day remand petition filed by the police, reported New Age court correspondent.
The police produced Irfan, suspended councillor of Dhaka South City Corporation’s ward No 30 and his bodyguard Zahid before the court at the end of the three-day remand granted earlier.
Navy Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan on October 26 filed the case against Irfan and his associates for assaulting him at the Kalabagan crossing the night before after Salim’s car hit the officer’s motorbike.
Protocol officer of Haji Salim was again placed on a two-day remand on Saturday in the case filed over the attack, said detective branch officers, who are investigating the case.
DB Dhanmondi zone additional deputy commissioner Tariqur Rahman said that they pleaded to place Irfan and Zahidul on a five-day remand for further investigation, the court granted two days each for interrogation.
DB investigators said that the police applied for further remand as Irfan, Zahidul and Dipu were trying to misguide investigators by spinning divergent narratives on the incident.
None of the closed-circuit television cameras of the area recorded the incident, which led the investigators to rely on footage that went viral on social media, said a DB officer.
He also added that they were trying to piece together narratives and other evidence to reconstruct the event.
The day after the assault, Rapid Action Battalion raided Haji Salim’s nine-storey building in old Dhaka and arrested Irfan and Salim.
Dipu was arrested by the DB from Tangail on Tuesday.
Irfan and Salim were jailed for one and a half years for alcohol consumption and illegally possessing a large number of walkie-talkie sets.
Irfan was also suspended from Dhaka South City Corporation ward No 30 after the punishment.
Initially, Ifran and Zahidul were placed on a three-day remand each and then two-day each in the second phase.
RAB also filed four more cases against Irfan and Zahid for the illegal possession of arms and narcotics.
Meanwhile, Dhaka-7 lawmaker Haji Salim’s land grabbing spree came under the spotlight after the arrest of his son.
Some locals said that the Salim family grabbed huge lands in different parts of old Dhaka using muscle power.
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