Samrat on 10-day remand
Former Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat was placed on a 10-day remand on Tuesday in two cases filed under the Arms and Narcotics Control Acts.
His accomplice, another Jubo League leader Enamul Haque Arman was
also placed on a five-day remand in the Narcotics Control Act.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Tofazzal Hosen passed the remand orders said General Register Officer (GRO) Md Nijam Uddin Fakir.
The court granted a five-day remand in the Arms Case while a five-day remand in the case under the Narcotics Control Act.
Two Investigation Officers (IOs), Inspector Mahfuzul Huq Bhuiyan and Inspector Mohammad Jahirul Islam of Ramna police of the cases filed under the Arms Act and Narcotics Control Act respectively sought a ten- day remand in each case for interrogation.
Samrat's lawyer Adv Afroza Shanaj Parvin pleaded before the court to annul the remand plea and grant him bail terming him ill.
On October 7, Officer-In-Charge (OC) Md Mafuzul Haque of Ramna Police Station, also the Investigation Officer in the Narcotics Act case and OC (investigation) Jahirul Haque and IO of the Arms Act case, appealed to the court for remand of Samrat for 10 days each in the two cases.
But the court was unable to pass any order as the former Jubo League leader fell sick.
On October 8, Samrat was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) by the jail authorities, after he complained of chest pain. Later, he was shifted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD).
Later, he was discharged from NICVD on October 12.
Meanwhile, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Old Dhaka and its surrounding area were plastered all over with posters demanding Samrat's release. Activists of Jubo League and Samrat's supporters also gathered around the court premises and were chanting slogans claiming their leader's innocence.
They were seen demonstrating under the banner of "Ismail Hossain Samrat Mukti Paridshad."
A RAB mobile court, led by Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam, sentenced Samrat to six months' imprisonment for possessing wild animal hides and another six months for possessing illegal liquor.
RAB filed the two cases against him with Ramna Police Station under the Arms and Narcotics Control Acts the next day.
He came under the spotlight after RAB busted his illegal casino business at different sporting clubs in Dhaka. He was expelled from Jubo League because of his arrest.
On October 6, RAB arrested the expelled Dhaka South Jubo League president Samrat, and his accomplice Arman, from the Chauddagram upazila of Cumilla, over their alleged involvement in illicit casino operations.
He was then sent to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj on that day.
Samrat was sued under the Narcotics and Arms Acts, while Arman was sued under the Narcotics Act only.
Later, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shorafuzzaman Ansari fixed October 15 for the remand hearing of both Samrat and Enamul Hoque Arman, due to Samrat's illness.