Irfan Salim acquitted in arms case

Court Correspondent | Published: 17:57, Feb 18,2021 | Updated: 02:01, Feb 19,2021


A New Age file photo shows police escorting suspended Dhaka South City Corporation councillor Irfan Salim to court

The Dhaka Metropolitan Special Tribunal 1 on Thursday acquitted Irfan Salim, son of ruling Awami League lawmaker for Dhaka 7 Haji Mohammad Salim, in an arms case filed with the Chawkbazar police station.

Judge KM Imrul Kayesh passed the order accepting the final report submitted by the investigation officer of the case, said additional public prosecutor of the court Tapas Kumar Pal.

The final report stated that the weapons that were found during a raid at Irfan’s house did not belong to him.

The investigation officer of the case, Chawkbazar  police station inspector (operations) Muhammad Delwar Hossain, on January 4 submitted the final report recommending Irfan’s release from the case.

The Detective Branch of the police, however, on February 11 filed a charge sheet against Irfan and four others on charge of assaulting a navy officer in Dhaka in October 2020.

Irfan, now in jail, and three others were arrested after the assault incident while Kazi Ripon has remained fugitive.

Irfan, suspended from the ward-30 councillor post of the Dhaka South City Corporation, has been named as the prime accused in the charge sheet, said officials.

The four others are his bodyguard Zahidul Islam, associates AB Siddque Dipu and Kazi Ripon and driver Mizanur Rahman.

Navy Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan filed the case on October 26, 2020 against Irfan and his associates for assaulting him in the Kalabagan crossing the night before after Irfan’s car had hit the officer’s motorbike on October 25.

The Rapid Action Battalion carried out a nine-hour-long raid at Haji Salim’s house in Dhaka’s Old Town following the incident and recovered firearms and drugs and then filed two separate cases each against Irfan and Zahidul.

In the raid, RAB seized at least 38 walkie-talkie sets, three VHF sets, two pistols, two handcuffs, a router, six bottles of alcohol, a shooter gun and 400 Yaba pills.

On January 4, police pressed the final reports against Irfan in two cases for possessing illegal firearms and drugs citing ‘insufficient information’ in the first information report filed by RAB with the Chawkbazar police station.

Police investigators, however, pressed charge sheets against Irfan’s bodyguard Zahidul in the two cases.

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