Huge cash, gold, arms recovered from AL leaders’ houses

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Dhaka, September 24: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in simultaneous drives recovered Tk 5.5 crore in cash, 730 tolas of gold and six firearms from three houses of Awami League leaders in the city’s Sutrapur and Wari areas on Tuesday.Tipped off, a team of Rab-3 conducted a drive at the house of Gendaria Thana AL Vice-president Enamul Haque at Banianagar in Sutrapur and recovered Tk 1.5 crore in cash, 730 toals of gold ornaments and five firearms from three vaults, said Rab-3 Commanding Officer Lt Col KM Shafiullah, UNB reports.

Another team of the elite force conducted a raid on the residence of Enamul’s employee at Lalmohon Das Lane of Wari and recovered Tk 2 crore, one revolver, 18 bullets and a vault.

The Rab members also raided the house of Harunur Rashid, vice-president of Wari unit AL, and recovered Tk 2 crore in cash. The money seized from the house belongs to Enamul, said Rab.

Earlier in the day, Rab members cordoned off Enamul’s house to arrest him and joint general secretary of Gendaria Thana AL Rupom Bhuiyan for their involvement in casino business.

Residents of the building are relatives of Enamul and Rupon, according to the sources.

The drives were conducted based on information that the two AL leaders took five vaults on rent from English Road and they kept the money received from casino business at the vaults, said the Rab official.

However, the elite force could not arrest the AL leaders as they went into hiding. Of them, Enamul fled to Thailand.

Both AL leaders Enamul and Rupom were involved in the casino business at Wonderer’s Club.

On Friday, Jubo League leader GK Shamim was arrested along with illegal firearms and huge money from his Niketan office.

Rab members seized fixed deposit receipts (FDRs) worth Tk 165 crore, Tk 1.8 crore in cash and huge stash of foreign currencies during the drive.

On the same day, Rab detained five people, including Kalabagan Krira Chakra president Safiqul Alam Firoz, and recovered a pistol and Yaba from the club office.

On Wednesday, Rab arrested Jubo League leader Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from Gulshan for reportedly running an illegal casino.