Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested Jubo League leader Golam Kibriya Shamim alias GK Shamim with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money in the city’s Niketan area.
Seven of his bodyguards were also arrested during an operation that was conducted as part of the crackdown on illegal casinos and businesses.
The members of the elite force seized about Tk 18.0 million in cash and foreign currencies, Tk 1.65 billion worth of savings, alcohol and firearms during the raid on Shamim's office in the area on Friday, RAB Executive Magistrate Mohammad Sarwar Alam told reporters at the spot, report UNB and bdnews24.com.
He said the seized money was obtained illegally by the Jubo League leader who has allegations of extortion and tender manipulation against him.
The operation was conducted two days after a RAB unit arrested Jubo League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, who was expelled, for running an illegal casino inside the Young Men’s Club in Fakirapool.
The RAB team surrounded GK Shamim’s business around 12 noon and conducted the operation until 4:30pm, the RAB officer said.
The elite force members, led by its executive magistrate Mohammad Sarwar Alam, cordoned off the office of Shamim around 12:30pm and started the drive.
Talking to reporters, magistrate Mohammad Sarwar Alam said they were conducting the operation based some specific allegations against Shamim.
He said they will brief reporters about the drive once it is completed.
Shamim, a Narayanganj Jubo League leader, is known as an influential contractor of Sabujbagh, Basabo and Motijheel areas of the capital.
On Wednesday, members of Rab arrested Khalid, also president of Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club, from Gulshan area for running an illegal casino in the club.
Separate courts here on Thursday placed Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, organising secretary of Dhaka South city unit of Jubo League, on a seven-day remand in two cases filed against him.
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