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Cop, journalist held with smuggled phones in Sylhet

  • Published at 01:41 am November 22nd, 2019
Seized smuggled mobile phones Dhaka Tribune

A court remanded them for three days

A Sylhet court on Thursday placed an assistant sub-inspector of police (ASI), a journalist along with two alleged smugglers in a three-day remand after they were arrested in suspicion of snatching 700 illegally smuggled mobile phones in Gowainghat's border area on Tuesday.

District Magistrate’s Court Judge Md Ziadul Islam approved the remand prayer, confirmed Kotwali police station SI Belal.

The detained are, ASI Jahangir Hossain, 34, of Sylhet Metropolitan Police,  Staff Reporter Mosharraf Hossain Khan, 38, of the Daily Sudin, and Faruque Miya, 36, and Johirul Islam, 39, alleged drug dealers. 

Sylhet Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Zedan Al Musa said: "Two separate cases have been filed by the police in this regard accusing six to eight people. We arrested four of them while the others are on the run."

"The court issued a three-day remand to investigate the matter," he added.

According to the case statement, ASI Jahangir with the other accused seized 700 illegal mobile phones from a drug dealer who smuggled them in. When the smugglers fled the scene, they loaded the illegal phones on their vehicle. The incident was caught in CCTV footage and the local police arrested them with 279 mobile phones in their possession. Two cars and a motorcycle were also seized from them.

Police sources said smugglers Arif confessed that 700 of his smuggled phones were snatched by the accused but he denied filing a case.

Later, Sobhanighat police outpost Sub-inspector Anup Kumar Chowdhury filed two separate cases under smuggling and speedy trial tribunal on Tuesday, confirmed ADC Zedan Al Musa.