The man was earning a daily wage of Tk130 when he worked at the land port
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested a former Teknaf land port contractual computer operator with a daily wage of Tk130 for reportedly amassing Tk460 crore illegally.
Nurul Islam was arrested in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur after a raid on Tuesday, RAB Legal and Media Wing chief Khandaker Al Moin told the media.
According to RAB, Nurul owns six homes and 13 plots in Dhaka city in addition to 37 plots and houses in Teknaf, St. Martin's, Savar and Bhola.
He also invested in a shipbreaking industry and amusement park near Dhaka.
“Nurul Islam learnt the techniques of smuggling, tax evasion, unloading illegal goods, and illegal documentation works, while he was working in Teknaf port,” said Moin.
He added that Nurul Islam was the ringleader of the broker syndicate of Teknaf land port, which is very active in unloading illegal goods and has accumulated billions over the last two decades.
The RAB spokesperson said that the force had seized fake Bangladesh currency of Tk3.46 lakh Myanmar currency worth Tk3.8 lakh, 4,400 pieces of yaba, and over Tk2 lakhs in cash during the raid.
He added that Nurul Islam confessed to his crime during primary interrogation and RAB had already initiated legal action against him.
According to RAB, Nurul Islam joined Teknaf land port as a contractual computer operator with a daily wage of Tk130 in 2001.
He left the job in 2009 and recommended the appointment of another person, who ultimately helped him amass the illegal wealth.
In order to legalize his income, he set up at least five export-import and real estate companies, including Al Nahian Enterprise, Alka Enterprise, Alka Real Estate, Kaniz Enterprise and Miftahul Enterprise, said Al Moin.
Most of the properties are in his, his wife’s and brother’s name, he added.
RAB said there were at least 15 persons involved in his racket and it was trying to hunt them down.