Suspended Awami League leader jailed in drug case in Chattogram

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 01:30, Feb 16,2021


A Chattogram court on Monday sentenced a suspended ruling Awami League leader to four-year imprisonment on drug charges.

Judge M Zahir Uddin of the Joint Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court, in his verdict, also fined the convict Tk 20,000 or one month jail in default, assistant public prosecutor Biswajit Barua told New Age.

The convict — M Nurul Absar, a, son of Badiul Alam of Dakshinpara under Patenga police station — was a member of the central sub-committee on religious affairs of the Awami League. He was also in Patenga police station’s list of drug dealers.

Nurul was permanently suspended from the post of Awami League’s central sub-committee on religious affairs on January 31, 2019 after evidence of his involvement in drug trading was found.

Lawyer Biswajit Barua said that Nurul was arrested with 40 bottles of foreign liquor at Chinese Ghat on Patenga Naval Road. Later, the police filed a case against Nurul.

On March 25, 2019, after being released from jail, Nurul filed a case against nine policemen, including the then-Patenga police station officer-in-charge Abul Kashem Bhuiyan, alleging that police harassed him.

The Anti-Corruption Commission investigated the case on the direction of the court. Nurul’s allegation was proved false in the ACC investigation.

The ACC report to the court mentioned that Nurul Absar was involved in drug dealing. Later, the ACC filed a case against Nurul for making false allegations.

Judge Sheikh Ashfaqur Rahman of the Senior Metropolitan Special Sessions Court ordered to send Nurul to jail on February 9 in the ACC case.

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