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Anti-Casino Drive

2 cops punished for helping Nepalese to flee

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:51, Dec 27,2020

 
 

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has demoted an assistant sub-inspector to nayek and frozen the yearly increment of salary of a constable for 10 years for helping 15 Nepalese to flee during an anti-casino drive in Dhaka in 2019.

A DMP investigation has found evidences that ASI Golam Hossain Mithu and constable Dipankar Chakma leaked information to the Nepalese before the Rapid Action Battalion’s raid at their Segunbagicha flats on September 18, 2019.

The Nepalese were employed to operate gambling boards at the casinos at the Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club, which was raided by RAB before the raid at the Segunbagicha apartments.

CCTV footages showed that the Nepalese fled after the two policemen and an intelligence agency official had come out of the Segunbagicha building.

The DMP suspended Golam, who was posted at the protection division, and Dipankar after the incident.

A departmental inquiry found both Golam and Dipankar guilty and Golam has been demoted to nayek and Dipankar’s yearly salary increment will be frozen for 10 years, said Walid Hossain, deputy commissioner for media at the DMP.

The two cops have resumed their service. Skilled professionals, mostly from Nepal, have been hired into casinos to operate modern electronic gambling boards in Dhaka.

The law enforcement agencies in 2019 conducted operations at around 50 casinos and arrested 270 people during the raids.  Most of the arrestees were leaders of various front organisations of the ruling Awami League.

Six leaders of the Juba League, three councillors of Dhaka city and one Krishak League leader, among others, were arrested.

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