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Tk5 crore, 720 bhori gold seized from AL leaders’ Old Dhaka homes

  • Published at 12:30 pm September 24th, 2019
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RAB officials display the seized money, gold ornaments and ammunition from Enamul Haque Enu's house at Banianagar under Sutrapur police station of Dhaka on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune

Overflowing safes, Enamul Haque Enu bought massive amount of gold in jewellery to save space

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday seized about Tk5 crore in cash, eight kilograms of gold and six firearms during raids on the residences of two ruling party leaders and two others in different areas of Old Dhaka.

Acting on a tip-off, the elite force had raided the houses of Awami League’s Gandaria Thana unit Vice-President Enamul Haque Enu, his brother and Gandaria unit Joint General Secretary Rupon Bhuiyan, Enamul’s employee Abul Kalam Azad and friend Harun Ur Rashid between early hours and late afternoon on Wednesday.

Both Enamul and Rupon are shareholders of the Dhaka Wanderers’ Club, where an illegal casino was busted by RAB several days ago.

Harun is also the vice-president of the ruling party’s Wari Thana unit and the president of the Dholaikhal Truck Stand Labour Samity.

However, RAB could not arrest any of them or their accomplices during their drives.

According to RAB 3 Commanding Officer Lt Col Shafi Ullah Bulbul, Enamul had kept in a number of safes, the huge amount of money that was sent to him from the Wanderers’ Club casino.

“But as the safes ran out of space to keep the cash, Enamul bought large amount of gold jewellery with a portion of that money to save space,” he said.

The latest raids and seizure of the huge cache of cash and gold comes hot on the heels of the crackdown on illegal casinos and gambling establishments in the capital and elsewhere that started last week.

On Wednesday’s raid was another dent on the ruling party men who have been using illegal means to amass massive amounts of assets.

Sources from Awami League’s Dhaka south unit said both Enamul and Rupon are influential in Gandaria and its surrounding areas. Spot visits also found posters of the brothers all over the area.

Raid at Enamul’s building

Lt Col Bulbul said they started looking into Enamul’s activities after they learnt the Awami League leader bought five safes from a shop on Old Dhaka’s English Road on Saturday.

RAB on Wednesday seized total Tk5 crore in cash from five safes found inside the homes of Enamul, Rupon, Azad and Harun in the Sutrapur and Narinda areas, he said.

He said they seized a little over Tk1 crore and eight kilograms or 720 bhori gold jewellery from three safes found inside Enamul and Rupon’s flats on the first and fourth floors of a building at Sutrapur’s Banianagar during their first raid that started in the early hours.

In line with the current gold prices set by the Bangladesh Jewellers Samity, the gold jewellery seized on Wednesday are worth over Tk4 crore.

Enamul owns the six-storey building and the brothers lived in the flats with their families. Two pistols, two airguns and a shotgun were also recovered from the place at the time.

RAB is yet to verify whether these firearms are legal. Locals, however, alleged that the brothers used to threaten the people in the area with these firearms.

RAB sources said Enamul went to Thailand about a week ago and his brother Rupon is on the run.

Raids at Narinda

The second drive RAB conducted was at the house of Enamul’s employee Abul Kalam Azad on Lalmohon Saha Street at Narinda, where they found Tk2 crore in another safe and a revolver.

Lt Col Bulbul said: “Enamul came to this house and kept the safe here. Azad didn’t even know what is inside the safe and about the revolver found wrapped in a cloth.”

Azad’s wife Shila Rahman told reporters that her husband mainly looks after Enamul’s construction sites.

“Enamul’s bodyguard Pavel brought a bag and the safe on Sunday here for safekeeping,” she claimed, and added they did not know about the revolver found inside the bag.

The third raid was conducted at Enamul’s friend Harun’s house at Narinda’s Sharat Gupta Road. RAB found the fifth safe here with Tk2 crore inside it. Harun was not home.

His wife Lipi claimed two men brought the safe to their home on Saturday afternoon.

RAB claimed Tk5 crore they seized on Wednesday belonged to Enamul, who also owns at least 15 houses in different parts of Old Dhaka, including the Banianagar, Narinda, Sutrapur and Murgitola areas.

Locals alleged that Enamul bought three of those houses within the last six months.

They also claimed before he suddenly started buying huge amounts of movable and immovable assets, including houses and business establishments, Enamul used to own and run a small shop.