Three Nepalese help start casino business under political patronage
Published : Friday, 20 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 929
Nepalese citizen Dinash and Rajkumar were the main architects of casino business in Dhaka city under the direct patronage of some top bosses of Jubo League Dhaka South, according to intelligence agencies report.
Law enforcement agencies reported that over 60 illegal casinos are operating in Dhaka city. The number of illegal casinos actually exceeds 60, according to various sources.
RAB arrested Jubo League Dhaka South Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from his Gulshan flat yesterday evening for running a "casino" at a football club in Fakirerpool in Motijheel Commercial Area.
Those who gamble at the casinos also indulge in drugs and organized criminal activities. "So, if the casinos are sealed off, drug abuse and crimes will stop." RAB officials feel.
Dinash and Rajkumar also have another associate Binod Manali. Dinash and
Rajkumar first started casino business from Victoria Club in 2015.
Gambling and drug business take place regularly at the casinos situated in Segunbagicha, Motijheel, Fakirerpool, Dilkusha, Bank Colony, Arambagh, Nayapaltan, Kakrail, Gulistan, Osmani Udyan, Bangabazar, Gulshan Link Road, Uttara, New Market and Kalabagan areas, according to intelligence sources.
An official of an intelligence agency told the Daily Observer that supreme boss of Jubo League Dhaka South is controlling all the casinos in Dhaka city.
RAB officials said that they learnt that two leaders of two ruling party-affiliated organizations ran the "casino" in Wanderers Club.
Law enforcing agencies have launched a massive crackdown on illegal casinos and bars in Dhaka city as well as other cities and towns in the country.
Executive Magistrate of RAB Sarwar Alam in a press briefing after the raid at five clubs in the capital on Wednesday, said Khalid runs a well-decorated "casino" at Motijheel.
Out of the 142 people arrested, 31 people, including 16, were sentenced to one year in jail and the rest to six months' imprisonment. Many of them were arrested drunk, he said.
RAB officials said every day billions of Takas used to be gambled in the "casinos" that remained open 24/7.
Sarwar said Youngmen's Club was a football club but a portion of the floor space was used for running the "casino." The club had a Nepalese manager but "we could not detain him," he said.
On the same day, RAB raided at least five clubs in the capital city and detained and sentenced 182 people in connection with running casinos, gambling, and dealing in drugs and sealed off at least two other clubs, where illegal casinos were also being operated.
It was learnt that RAB swooped on the illegal casinos after AL President Sheikh Hasina expressed annoyance on Saturday over allegations that some Jubo League leaders were involved in various crimes, including extortion and running "casinos."