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Kamal: It will be known soon whether Samrat is arrested or not

  • Published at 06:56 pm September 28th, 2019
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

The Jubo League leader went into hiding after being suspected of running illegal casinos

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said it will be known soon whether Dhaka south city unit Jubo League President Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat has been arrested or not.

He was speaking to reporters after a program at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Saturday.

“You will see very soon”, he told reporters after his comment was sought on the matter.

"Many things are being said about him [Samrat]. If he has committed a crime then he will be brought to justice,” the minister said.

Samrat went into hiding after being suspected of running illegal casinos. He has been banned from leaving the country, according to the police.

Bangladesh Bank's Financial Intelligence Unit said they were looking into his bank accounts.

Samrat went underground once the information of Jubo League leaders being involved in the illegal casino business surfaced.

He is nowhere to be found, according to Jubo League activists.

The involvement of Jubo League leaders in overseeing illicit gambling operations came to light after the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) uncovered illegal casino business in raids on Young Men's Club, Wanderers Club and MuktijoddhaKrira Chakra on Sept 18.

The elite police unit arrested Khalid Mahmud, organising secretary of Jubo League's Dhaka south unit, the same day before nabbing Kalabagan Krira Chakra President and Krishak League leader Shafiqul Alam Firoz. 

Two days later, law enforcers arrested contractor GM Shamim, who had been identifying himself as a Jubo League leader.

Raids by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police later on the Mohammedan Sporting Club, Dilkhusha Sporting Club, Victoria Sporting Club and Arambagh Sporting Club also uncovered similar gambling operations.

On Thursday September 27, RAB arrested Mohammedan’s Director-in-Charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan and charged him with money laundering over his proceedings from the decades-old club.

Meanwhile, rumours have been rife since Friday that Samrat, the alleged kingpin of Dhaka casinos, could be arrested any time.

Since September 18, RAB and police have raided different clubs across Bangladesh, busting illegal casinos. A number of people, including Jubo league leaders, were detained and then showed arrested after the raids.