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Two AL leaders held for 'running casino'

FE Report | January 14, 2020 00:00:00


The police have arrested two absconding brothers, Enamul Haque Enu and Rupon Bhuiyan, on charges of running casino business.

A team of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police nabbed three persons, including the sibling duo who are also local Awami League leaders, from a house at Keraniganj in the early hours of Monday.

They were planning to leave the country on forged passports, said CID's Deputy Inspector General Imtiaz Ahmed.

The third arrestee, Sheikh Mostafa Sunny, is one of their accomplices, he said.

The two brothers were on the run since the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided their houses at Gendaria in Old Dhaka on September 24 last.

During the raids, the elite force men recovered over Tk 50 million, eight kilograms of gold ornaments and firearms from their houses.

Enu, a director of Dhaka Wanderers' Club, one of the first establishments raided during the crackdown on casino gambling, is also the vice-president of Gendaria unit of Awami League. His brother Rupon was its joint general secretary.

At a press briefing at the CID office, DIG Imtiaz Ahmed said the brothers fled to Cox's Bazar in a bid to go to Malaysia illegally via Myanmar after the RAB raided their houses.

But having failed to leave the country, they came back to Keraniganj and were planning to go to Nepal using fake passports, he said.

"We also recovered Tk 4.0 million that they kept with them to manage forged passports, 12 mobile phone sets, documents of landed property, cars and bank accounts from their possession," he added.

During preliminary interrogation, the arrestees said they have several flats and plots in the capital, the senior CID official said.

"We suspect that they have amassed such a huge wealth through illegal earnings from casino operation," he said.

He also said they came to know that the two brothers have some 22 flats or land and cash deposits of Tk 190 million with 91 bank accounts.

According to a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission, they amassed over Tk 218 million through casino business.

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