Mohammedan's director in-charge Lokman placed on 2-day remand
Md Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, now at police custody for running a casino in one of the most prestigious sporting club, Mohammedan Sporting Club, was a close affiliate of some key figures of BNP.
Lokman, originally from Noakhali, was a member of the BNP central committee, sources said. He also served as one of the bodyguards of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for a while.
At that time, he formed good relationships with some top leaders of the party. Later, he first emerged as an organizer at the Brothers Union club, and then entered Mohammedan Sporting Club with the recommendation of Mosaddak Ali Falu, a former adviser to BNP chairperson.
Falu, as the then general secretary of the Mohammedan Sporting Club, introduced Lokman to the club. When Falu became the president, he selected Lokman as the general secretary of the club.
Although Falu failed to hold his position after Awami League came into power in 1996, Lokman managed to continue holding his post over the years. Gradually he became an influential name in the club arena.
Lokman was, however, expelled from BNP in 2008, after he joined the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as a director.
Even though BNP was not in power, he managed to gradually strengthen his position at the Mohammedan, an old club with a long history and tradition.
It is worth mentioning that Lokman is also a director of the BCB, chairman of the board’s facilities committee and also a member of the Bangladesh Premier League T20’s governing council.
A close friend of BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon, Lokman is also one of the five members of the Project Implementation Committee of proposed Sheikh Hasina International Stadium in Purbachal.
The alleged mastermind of Mohammedan’s downfall, the club’s director in-charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan was arrested for illegal money transaction on Wednesday night, three days after the law enforcement agencies raided the club and sealed off its illegal casino.
Rapid Action Battalion also recovered liquor from his house on the same night.
Remanded for two days
A Dhaka court yesterday sent Lokman on a two-day remand over a case filed under the Narcotics Control Act.
Police produced Lokman before the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shorafuzzaman Ansari in the morning and sought five days to interrogate him.
How casino was introduced in Mohammedan?
For about one and a half years ago, Lokman introduced illegal gambling establishment at the Mohammedan Club with the help of AKM Mominul Haque Sayeed, a joint general secretary of Jubo League Dhaka (South).
Sayeed is also the Councillor for Dhaka South City Corporation’s Ward No-9 and president of Arambagh Krira Sangha.
The casino inside the club was up and running for the past one and a half years at least, once Lokman helped clearing a resolution by the club’s managing body using his influence, Lt Col Ashik Billah, the commanding officer of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 2 said after arresting Lokman from his house.
Lokman rented a room of the club for running a casino for Tk70,000 daily to Sayeed, the RAB official said, adding: "Lokman was collecting Tk21lakh per month from Sayeed. Apart from that, Lokman used to receive a percentage of the money earned at the casino."
Assets: Bangladesh and abroad
Hailing from Udaypur village of Bholakot union at Ramganj upazila of Lakshmipur, Lokman do have a three storied building there. In Dhaka, he lives in his own building in Monipuripara.
Lokman is currently worth around Tk43 crore, of which Tk2 crore is real estate assets. He has siphoned off most of the cash to two banks in Australia.
Lt Col Billah said Lokman’s son studies in Australia and the man had visited the country several times over the years. “We suspect he siphoned off most of the ill gotten money to two banks — ANZ Bank and Commonwealth Bank — in Australia, during his visits.”
He owns a seven storied building in Tejgaon, a house in Uttara's Sector-7, a seven-katha plot in Purbachal and about two-bigha land in Beribadh.
It has been alleged that in addition to cash, Lokman also do have Fixed Deposit Receipts of a crore Taka in a bank. He also has several businesses including travel agency, communication firm and mobile phone tower etc.
Ex Jubo League leader Khalid remanded again
Former organizing secretary of Awami Jubo League’s (Dhaka South) unit Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan was again placed on a 10-day remand in two separate cases filed over possession of illegal arms and narcotics.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Didarul Alam passed the order yesterday.
RAB pleaded him before the court for a total of 20-day remand in the two separate cases – 10 days in each case – to which the court responded by passing the order for a 10-day remand in total.
Earlier on September 19, separate courts in Dhaka placed Khalid on a total of seven-day remand in two cases lodged over the accusations.
RAB arrested Khalid from his Gulshan residence on September 18 allegedly for running an illegal casino in the Dhaka’s Fakirapool area. The law enforcement agency also seized illegal weapons, yaba pills, and a huge amount of cash from his residence.
He was then handed over to Gulshan police station on September 19.
RAB filed three cases against him under Arms, Narcotics Control Act, and Money Laundering Prevention Act.
Jubo League recently expelled Khalid for his alleged involvement in anti-social activities.