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2 cases filed against ‘Casino King’ Samrat

Published : Tuesday, 8 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 903

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Monday filed two separate cases against expelled Jubo League Dhaka South Unit Chairman Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat with Ramna Police Station under firearms and narcotics control acts.
Kazi Mainul Islam, officer-in-charge of Ramna Police Station, told The Daily Observer that Abdul Khalek, deputy assistant director of RAB-1, filed the case.  Another case was filed against aide Enamul Haque Arman. Samrat was sued under narcotics and arms acts, while Arman was sued under the Narcotics Act only, the OC said.
The elite force also handed over some evidence to the police.
On Sunday, hours after their arrest, Jubo League leaders Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and Enamul Hoque Arman were jailed by a mobile court for six months, for wildlife law violations and drunkenness, respectively. The two were then sent to jail, said RAB Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam.      Samrat, allegedly a top casino kingpin, was sentenced under the Bangladesh Wildlife Preservation Act after a RAB raid found the hide of two kangaroos at his Kakrail office in Dhaka.
The executive magistrate added that Arman faced imprisonment as he was drunk while being arrested along with Samrat from the Chauddagram upazila of Comilla around 5am on Sunday.
Several hours later, then Dhaka South city unit Jubo League President Ismail Chowdhury Samrat and Vice President Arman were expelled from the ruling party youth wing for breaching party discipline and carrying out unethical practices.
Through the arrest of Samrat, one of the casino kingpins, the speculations over his arrest since the drive against corruption began over two weeks ago, has put an end. "Evidences of the cases were handed over to us and we will take step through investigation," the OC said.
Following a five-hour search at the office, the elite force at a press briefing said it seized two electric machines used for torturing people, a pistol with five bullets, two hides of Kangaroo, 1,160 pieces of Yaba and 19 bottles of foreign liquor from there.
The RAB members also searched two of his houses in the capital's Shantinagar and Mohakhali DOHS areas.
Samrat controlled illegal casino business at different clubs in the capital and was also involved in tender manipulation and extortion, according to sources in law enforcement agencies.
On Sept 18, RAB busted into casino operations by carrying out raids on Young Men's Club, Wanderers Club and Muktijoddha Krira Chakra in Motijheel.
The elite anti-crime unit arrested Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, organising secretary of Jubo League's Dhaka south unit, the same day before nabbing Kalabagan Krira Chakra President and Krishak League leader Shafiqul Alam Firoz a day later.
Two days later, law enforcers arrested contractor GK Shamim, who also identified himself as a Jubo League leader.
ln the wake of Khaled's arrest, Samrat was holed up in his office in Kakrail overnight with his supporters surrounding the building.

Subsequent news reports indicated that he had remained there ever since but it later emerged that his whereabouts were unknown.

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