RAB files two cases against Samrat

Shamim, Khaled on fresh remand

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:23, Oct 07,2019 | Updated: 00:10, Oct 08,2019


Ismail Chowdhury Samrat

The Rapid Action Battalion on Monday lodged two cases with the Ramna police station in Dhaka against ruling Awami League’s youth organisation Juba League’s Dhaka south city unit’s expelled president Ismail Chowdhury Samrat.

One of the cases was lodged under the arms act and the other under the narcotics control act, said Ramna police station officer-in-charge Kazi Mainul Islam.

He said that Juba League’s Dhaka south city unit’s expelled vice-president Enamul Haque Arman was also an accused in the narcotics case.

RAB-1 deputy assistant director Abdul Khaleque lodged the cases and submitted evidence in support of the cases, the OC said.

He said that they would scrutinise the evidence and submit them to the court.

The cases were lodged a day after Samrat and Arman were arrested by the RAB from Chauddagram of Cumilla early Sunday.

RAB personnel later raided residences of the two JL leaders and conducted a five-hour search operation in Samrat’s office at capital’s Kakrail and seized a pistol with five bullets, two sticks and two electric-shocking machines, some 1,160 pieces of Yaba tablets, 19 bottles of foreign liquor and two skins of kangaroos.

On Sunday Samrat was sentenced to suffer jail for six months for violating the Wildlife (Conservation and Protection) Act by storing kangaroo skins.

Samrat’s associate Arman was also jailed for six months in Cumilla after he was found drunk with foreign liquor and was sent to jail there.

Samrat and Arman were sent to jail on Sunday evening.

Several media outlets, after the government has begun the crackdown on illegal casinos since September 18, published reports dubbing Samrat a ‘casino king’ claiming that no casino could be set up in Dhaka without his approval.

New Age’s court correspondent reported that two Dhaka metropolitan magistrate courts issued a five-day fresh remand on GK Shamim and a seven-day fresh remand on Juba League Dhaka south unit organising secretary Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan on Monday.

Metropolitan magistrate Sadbir Yasin Ahsan Chowdhury remanded Shamim to be interrogated by the Crime Investigation Department in a money laundering case.

Shamim, accused in six cases, was earlier interrogated by law enforcement agencies for nine days in cases under the arms act and the narcotics control act.

Metropolitan magistrate Kanak Barua ordered the seven-day remand on Khaled in two cases – one in a money laundering case and the other in a narcotics case.

Khaled, accused in five cases, was earlier interrogated for 17 days by law enforcement agencies after his arrest on September 18.

Earlier, the CID launched investigations into money laundering charges against Khaled, Shamim and others following their involvement in the management of casino-like gambling centres.

On September 18, the RAB started a sudden crackdown on gambling operations in the capital, shut down Youngman’s Club, Wanderers Club, Muktijoddha Chittabinodon Club, Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Golden Dhaka Bangladesh in capital’s Fakirapul, Banani and Gulistan areas.

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