RAB hands over seized Tk 26.5cr, forex to police

Rapid Action Battalion officials handed over Tk 26.5 crore and foreign currencies, they seized from a house of two Awami League leaders, to Wari police station on Wednesday evening to file a case under the Special Powers Act.

Addition police superintendent ABM Foyzul Islam of RAB 3 said the Criminal Investigation Department of the police was communicated already as a money laundering case was under investigation against Enamul Haque Enu, the suspended vice-president of Gandaria Awami League, and his brother Rupon Bhuiyan.

He said the money would be sent to the treasury.

The RAB in an early Tuesday raid seized Tk 26.55 crore in cash and Tk 5.15 crore in fixed deposit receipts from the flat of Enamul and his brother Rupon Bhuiyan in Wari in the capital.

Rupon was joint general secretary of the same unit of Awami League, who was also suspended from the party.

The RAB also seized foreign currencies—$9,300, 174 Malaysian ringgit, 5,350 Indian rupee, 1,195 Chinese yen, 11,560 Thai baht and 100 UAE dirhams along with 1kg gold from the flat on the ground floor of Mamataz Villa.

The RAB members found five steel safes in the three-room flat, where the cash, FDRs, and jewellery were stored, according to the officials.

The siblings were earlier arrested at Keraniganj on January 13 for allegedly running a casino illegally. They remained absconding after September 18, 2019.

In September 2019, at least Tk 5 crore and 5 lakh in cash and 730 bharis of gold were seized from their houses in Gendaria, Dholaikhal and Narinda during drives against ‘casino’ businesses operated by ruling party leaders.

Five cases were filed against Dhaka Wanderers Club’s casino shareholders Enu and Rupon.

The RAB officials said they would file another case on Wednesday under the Special Powers Act with the Wari police station over Tuesday’s seizure.

The two brothers have 22 houses and plots in the capital, five cars, and Tk 19.11 crore deposited in 91 bank accounts frozen by the Bangladesh Bank, said Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy inspector general (organised crime) of the Criminal Investigation Department. (Source: New Age)

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