One identified as a police constable
One of the three plainclothes men who allegedly helped a group of 15 Nepali nationals involved in the illegal casino gambling business to flee a Dhaka apartment, has been identified as a constable of the city’s Ramna Police Station.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police detectives have launched an investigation to identify the three others who reportedly helped the Nepali nationals flee their Dhaka residence on the night of September 18, when a crackdown was launched on illegally-run casinos.
“We are analyzing CCTV footage to identify them,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit chief, Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam said on Wednesday.
CCTV footage from the Summit Hasan Lodge apartment building in Segun Bagicha, showed three plainclothes men with walkie talkies entering the building at 10:39pm on September 18. They stayed there for about 50 minutes before leaving, one of them holding a bag in hand, which was not there initially at time of entry. After the three left, 15 Nepali nationals who lived in the building rushed out and also left with their belongings.
This development took place that night at around the same time when Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials were raiding multiple sporting clubs in Dhaka to apprehend illegally run casinos.
Monirul urges media not to call them as police till their identity is confirmed
The DMP additional commissioner Monirul Islam said many have termed the plainclothes men with walkie talkies as policemen, but that walkie talkies are not used by the police only.
“Other law enforcement agencies, intelligence branches, and many private security agencies also use walkie talkies,” he explained.
Who are they?
According to unofficial sources, the three include an assistant programme officer of an intelligence agency, a constable of the Ramna Police Zone, and a third person, possibly a source.
However, Dhaka Tribune could not independently verify the above.
DMP's Ramna Division Deputy Commissioner Sajjadur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that the case is being investigated by the Detective Branch of Police.
“We have come to know that one of them was Dipangkar Chakma, a Ramna Police Station constable,” he said.
Dipangkar was on leave and his failure to report for duty after leave, has led the authorities to suspend him, he said.
“Departmental proceedings are ongoing against him. Although many have said it was Dipangkar seen in the CCTV Footage, we cannot confirm that till we find him in office,” he added.