Jewellers go on indefinite strike
Bangladesh Jewellers Samity has called an indefinite strike from Thursday alleging harassment by tax officials in the midst of a customs probe into Apan Jewellers.
They have demanded that the National Board of Revenue (NBR) stop 'harassing' them with raids and urged the government to draft a business-friendly import policy.
They took the decision at a meeting in their Baitul Mukarram office, its General Secretary Dilip Kumar Agarwal told the media on Thursday.
Dilip Kumar Agarwal said, "Customs intelligence may conduct raid but recent incidents are worrying for the sector."
"Emergency meeting has been called in this regard and the organization will decide what we can do in future", he added.
Earlier, after the arrest of Shafat Ahmed, the main accused in Banani rape case, the news of his father Apan Jewellers' owner Dildar Ahmed's 'Dirty Money' was published.
In this connection the Customs officials seized nearly 300 kg of gold and 61 gram diamonds in the raid at the branches of Apan Jewellers. Apan Jewellers' authority could not show any legitimate documents of the gold and diamond.
Meanwhile, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) on May 14 raided five shops of Apan Jewellers.
CIID conducted the raids after a rape case was filed against Ahmed Shafat, son of one of the owners of Apan Jewellers and four others.