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Jubo League chairman forbidden from attending Ganabhaban meeting

  • Published at 11:12 pm October 17th, 2019
Awami Jubo League chairman Md Omar Faroque Chowdhury
File photo of Md Omar Faroque Chowdhury, chairman of Bangladesh Awami Jubo League Collected

Omar Farooq Chowdhury, and presidium member Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon were asked not to attend a meeting with the Prime Minister due to their controversial roles, and involvement with Casino 

Ruling Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina forbade Jubo League chairman Omar Farooq Chowdhury, and presidium member Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon from attending a meeting with her due to their controversial roles, and involvement with Casino business.

Sources in Jubo League said, the prime minister has called a meeting of Jubo League’s presidium members on October 20 to discuss about the upcoming national council of Jubo League, scheduled to be held on November 23.

Jubo League general secretary Harunur Rashid told Dhaka Tribune over the phone that Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader called him on Wednesday morning, and informed him about the meeting of Jubo League presidium members with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

The Prime Minister has forbidden Omar Farooq Chowdhury, and Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon from attending the meeting, several sources from Jubo League confirmed.

Gazi Hafizur Rahman, Prime Minister’s special personal secretary said, the meeting was scheduled to be held on Friday but was postponed to October 20, due to birthday anniversary of Sheikh Russel. 

He however, denied commenting on the embargo on Omar Farooq Chowdhury, and Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon saying that they were absent at previous presidium members’ meeting held on October 11, and they might not be present at the next meeting.

Omar Farooq Chowdhury has been staying away from Jubo League office since the police crackdown against Jubo League leaders for their involvement with Casinos.

Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) has imposed a travel ban on the two Jubo League presidium members after examining their bank statements.

The BFIU is the central agency of the government that was established at Bangladesh Bank headquarters in 2002, to deal with money laundering crimes, and terrorist financing issues. 

In 2010, it was named as BFIU from its previous name of Anti-Money Laundering Department with operational independence.

Earlier, the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested some Jubo League leaders-- Dhaka South unit’s president Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, the unit’s organizing secretary Khaled Mahmud, Jubo League leader Golam Kibria Shamim-- for their involvement with illegal casino business.

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, while many other Jubo League leaders went into hiding to avoid arrest.