RAB also recovered Tk 7 lakh and foreign cigarettes
Only two days after a police raid, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted its own drive at the Fu Wang Club in Dhaka, and apprehended three people, seized a huge cache of illegal liquor, along with money and foreign cigarettes.
"After the 12-hour drive, the club, located in Tejgaon area, has been sealed off," RAB Director (legal and media wing) Lt Col Md Sarwar Bin Kashem said on Thursday.
Around 11pm on Wednesday, a team of RAB 1 began the raid as part of the ongoing crackdown on grafts, misdeeds, and illegal casino business.
In the drive, the elite force could not apprehend the club owner, Sheikh Nurul Islam, but detained three others -- Jahid, Javier Jerry Dicosta, and Chanchal -- for illegally selling, and storing large quantities of liquor, RAB said.
"We have seized Tk 7 lakh, over 2,000 bottles of liquor, more than 10,000 beer cans, and a huge cache of foreign cigarettes," the RAB official said.
He furthered: "The Fu Wong Club authorities failed to produce any valid document for 50% of the seized beer, and 3% of the liquor.
"And, according to the Narcotics Control Act, if 1% of the entire shipment is found illegal, the entire shipment will be considered as illegal. Besides, there is no rule for stocking of liquor, and beer. But the club authorities had stored those for a long time."
Process of lodging a case under the Narcotics Control Act was underway, Sarwar said.
When asked about the previous police raid at the club, he said: "It was a different raid, and we are not concerned with it. Our raid has found irregularities here."
Earlier on Monday, police raided Fu Wang Club amid allegations of running a casino, but they found no irregularities there.
The mobile court judge, in the raid, Dhaka district administration's Executive Magistrate Md Abdul Al Mamun, then said: "The club has a bar, and the authorities showed us their licence for the business."
Since September 18, RAB and police raided different clubs across Bangladesh, busting illegal casinos. A number of people, including Jubo league leaders, were detained in these raids.