The Rapid Action Battalion or RAB has started three cases against SM Golam Kibria Shamim, who has made a fortune as a contractor and identifies himself as a Jubo League leader, following his arrest in a raid on Friday, reports bdnews24.com.
The elite police unit put Shamim along with his seven bodyguards in the custody of Gulshan Police on Saturday.
"RAB has filed three separate cases under the drugs, money laundering protection and firearms legislation," said Gulshan Police OC Kamruzzaman.
Police will seek remands to question Shamim and his seven associates as suspects in the cases from a court later, he said.
RAB seized about Tk 20 million in cash, Tk 1.75 billion worth of fixed-deposit receipt or FDR savings, alcohol and firearms during the raid on his business in Dhaka's Niketon on Friday.
It came 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.
Shamim is known as an influential contractor in the neighbourhoods of Sabujbagh, Basabo and Motijheel. He has made headlines for his influence over the Public Works Department to secure contracts.
Once a Jubo Dal member, Shamim joined the Jubo League and identified himself as the cooperative affairs secretary of the organisation’s central committee, according to the local media.
His firm currently has at least 22 construction projects in hand with a total allocation of around Tk 60 billion, including in the RAB headquarters, Secretariat and several hospitals.
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