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DMP chief: Illegal casinos across Dhaka being listed

  • Published at 04:08 pm September 19th, 2019
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During the raid of RAB in an illegal casino inside Youngmen’s Club at Fakirapool in Dhaka on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The DMP official said there will be no more illegal gambling, casinos in Dhaka

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam has said they have started making a list of all the illegal casinos across Dhaka.

He said: "Along with RAB, police will also take action against those who run illegal gambling activities and casinos, no matter how powerful they are.” 

“No such illegal business will run in this city," the commissioner said while talking to journalists in front of his office around 12pm on Thursday.

Shafiqul Islam said: "Those who go to these casinos for gambling; they also do drugs. Drug abuse will be controlled after these casinos are closed down.”

“If that also does not help, we will take stronger action against drug traders," he added.

The commissioner also said: "People are allowed to entertain themselves, but if they are involved in anything illegal or are doing drugs, we will keep them under surveillance and if necessary, we will even take steps against them.” 

Responding to a query, Shafiqul said: "We always take action as soon as we are informed. Deputy commissioners of different zones have been instructed not to tolerate such activities."

On Wednesday, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided at least six illegal casinos in Dhaka and arrested an Awami Jubo League leader, for allegedly running one of those establishments. 

Many of these casinos were reportedly run by leaders of the ruling party affiliate organizations, according to sources and locals.

During the raids, the elite force also seized around Tk40 lakh, gambling equipment and illegal liquor, among other items, from three of the casinos.

More than 180 men and women, including casino staff and gamblers, were detained during the raids, after which mobile courts jailed them in different terms.