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Casino Business Police looking for Khaled’s associates

Published : Monday, 23 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 825

Intelligence agencies identified five close associates of Jubo League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan who ran the casino at the Young Men's Club at Fakirerpool among other casinos in Dhaka city.
They were identified as Arman of Chhatra League and Rabiul Islam former president of Chhatra League (South). Both fled to Singapore in the wake of the raid in the Young Men's Club casino, according to intelligence agency.
Two others, Ashraful Islam alias Chasma Ashraful, leader of Jubo League, the youth front of the ruling Awami League and Sumon, a closed associate of Khaled, are traceless.
Investigators are trying to find out other people who were close to Jubo League leader Khaled.
A high official of the investigation agency told the Daily Observer on Sunday that during interrogation, Khaled confessed that there were other five godfathers who controlled the casino business in Dhaka city.
Law enforcement agencies are trying to arrest Chasma Asraful and Sumon. Chasma Asraful was just a spectacle seller at the Paltan footpath but changed his fortune after he joined the Jubo League.
Khalid also used his torture cell at Kamalapur areas for collecting extortion money, intelligence sources said. RAB raided Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan's Eastern Kamalapur office and recovered two electronic machines which were used for torturing cell inmates.
According to sources this five people collected the extortion money from the 60, or so, casinos in the capital where Tk 120 crore was transacted every night.
The Rapid Action Battalion has filed three cases against Jubo League leader Khaled on charges of running a casino in Dhaka.
 Some leaders of Jubo League were found to be running the gambling business, which they started in 2015 from the Victoria Sporting Club.  
Khaled is now on      a seven-day remand in Gulshan Police Station.
A high official of the investigation agency told this correspondent on Sunday that that during interrogation, Khaled confessed to the investigator that he had been running the Young Men's Club casino among others casinos in Dhaka city by paying regular bribes to the relevant authority.

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