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A mountain of wealth amassed by Abu Salek, uncovered

  • Published at 10:43 pm February 9th, 2019
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Abu Salek, left and Jahalam Collected

While Abu Salek is still in hiding, investigation by this correspondent found scores of assets to his name, which if valuated, could amount to multiple crores of taka

Several assets and establishments amassed by Abu Salek, the prime accused in a graft case, for which Jahalam was wrongfully imprisoned for three years, have been found in Boda upazila of the district.

While Abu Salek is still in hiding, investigation by this correspondent found scores of assets to his name, which if valuated, could amount to multiple crores of taka.

Salek owns a dealership of Samsung in Boda sadar, which has remained shut down ever since the news of Jahalam’s plight surfaced.

While several of his relatives reside in Boda, they said he cut off communication with them 3-4 months ago.

Evidence of a house he built on a 20 decimal piece of land in Pramanikpara has been found, as well as another of similar size in Sipahipara. Both the houses do not have any residents, and remain locked.

A bakery named “Dhaka Bakery” was built on his land in Sipahipara, but Shaheen Alam, the owner of the bakery claimed Salek tricked him into believing that he (Salek) owned the piece of land when the rental deed was drawn up.

After the deed was signed by both parties, Salek backtracked, saying the land was not his, while still taking the deposit money.  Salek’s relatives said his source of income was investments in the stock market, from a dairy farm, and as a supplier of garments machinery accessories.

Khademul Islam Ramzan, Salek’s brother-in-law, told the Dhaka Tribune he had heard about Salek’s dubious transactions, but they had not heard from him in the past 6-7 months.

Officer-in-charge of Boda police station, Abu Haider Md Ashrafuzzaman, said they have already started gathering information on Salek, but cannot proceed further due to lack of instructions.