They also demanded that Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan be ousted from his post of Bangladesh Cricket Board director and retrieve the money that he allegedly siphoned abroad
Former players, organizers and permanent members of Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited gathered under the same roof Saturday to demand the dismissal of the club’s acting director in-charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, who is now in police custody for running an illegal casino in the prestigious club.
They also demanded that Lokman be ousted from his post of Bangladesh Cricket Board director and retrieve the money that he allegedly siphoned abroad.
The seasoned followers of MSC vented their wrath as they said it has now been revealed that the man has tarnished the image of this great institution by running illicit activities in the club premises by utilizing his power, and at the same time, the performance of the clubs in various sports diminished during his helm.
“We came here to share our sadness. We just couldn’t stay back home after seeing our loving club reach nadir point. Since Lokman took over the club, its condition never went up, but only slumped drastically. Casino doesn’t go hand-in-hand with the spirit of Mohammedan. We never faced such situation before,” said former Mohammedan star and Bangladesh Football Federation vice-president Badal Roy.
Once a domestic powerhouse Mohammedan den used to be crowded with budding and star footballers and its dedicated fans and organizers but in the last few years it became filled with gamblers and corrupted officials than the actual stakeholders of the clubhttps://t.co/sUtLIebEq1— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 26, 2019
“The words of BCB president (Nazmul Hasan) really hurt me. I’m requesting him to remove Lokman from the BCB post. He pocketed Tk70,000 daily from the club (casino rent) and siphoned off Tk41 crore abroad illegally. Is it not enough to dismiss him?” asked a furious Badal, adding that they want lifetime ban of Lokman, and urged the authorities to retrieve the smuggled money.
Badal was accompanied by Imtiaz Sultan Jony, Abdul Gaffar, Rummon bin Wali Sabbir, Ilias Hossain, Mostakur Rahman, Fazlur Rahman Babul, Sajed AA Adel, Sayed Hasan Kanon, Kaiser Hamid, Imtiaz Ahmed Nakib, Shafiqul Islam Manik and many more at the National Press Club Saturday afternoon.
Babul read out the hand-written statement where he said Lokman earned crores of taka from illegal business but it never helped the club, rather downgraded it.
He demanded justice of everyone who was involved with the illegal casino business, and the removal of their position from the respective posts.
“We are determined to bring back the glory days of Mohammedan. The true well wishers of the clubs including the former players and organizers may step forward to save the club and build it again from scratch,” the statement included, after welcoming the High Court’s order to appoint Supreme Court Bar Association president AM Aminuddin to preside the long-awaited Annual General Meeting and election of the club.
Former additional general secretary of the club, Mostakur Rahman, said, “The last 2013 election was controversial as 36 of us boycotted the polls. The 3rd and 4th AGMs were not held since then despite the high court order in January 2015 to hold the AGMs within four months from the date. So the committee in the last four years has been illegal. They held onto the posts by force.”
Meanwhile, it was announced that the former players and organizers will visit the club tenant Sunday to observe the current condition.
Mohammedan Samarthak Dal will also hold a human chain in front of the press club Monday morning under the banner of “Get off corrupted officials, save Mohammedan.”