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Dhamaka bosses under fire for alleged money laundering

CID seeks travel ban, blocking of NIDs for top officials of the online marketplace

Update : 24 Jul 2021, 07:25 PM

The top brass of e-commerce site Dhamaka are under investigation for alleged money laundering through the platform, a senior official of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has said. 

Moreover, the platform is not registered and does not have a valid licence, added the official seeking anonymity.

“There is evidence that they have not provided products on time and taken a huge amount of money from customers which is absent from their accounts,” he further said. 

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Following the preliminary investigation, the CID sought a travel ban on the top officials of Dhamaka last week through a letter to the Special Branch. 

They had also sent a separate letter to the Election Commission (EC) seeking a ban on the national ID cards (NID) of the platform’s top officials — Deputy Managing Director Nazim Uddin, Office Director (Operations) Safwan Ahmed, Accounts and Finance Chief Aminur Hossain, and CEO Sirajul Islam.

Data by the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) shows that services of the platform have not been satisfactory as Dhamaka had one of the lowest complaint settlement rates at 25.67%.

One customer of Dhamaka, who had ordered Tk23,767 worth of products, said his order has been pending for the last three months.

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According to the CID investigation, Dhamaka has allegedly transferred around Tk50 crore — received from customers as advance payments — to bank accounts of its officials and laundered money out of the country. 

Additionally, Tk588 crore worth of transactions remains unexplained by the platform. 

Dhaka Tribune was unable to reach Dhamaka for comments regarding these allegations.

According to CID, they have also found cognizable evidence against 14 companies at the primary stage of assessment.

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