From a vagabond to ‘Sultan’
Published : Monday, 21 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 919
Son of a construction worker Rajib was known as a vagabond but with the blessing of one of the top ruling party leaders he turned into a 'Sultan' of his locality.
Fortune began to smile upon him after he became a DNCC councilor of the Ward 33 in 2015. Rajib allegedly accumulated a vast amount of wealth over the last four years.
The amount of wealth of Rajib is around Tk 100 crore. Investigators are trying to find out how he has sent his ill-earned money to different countries through hundi.
Hours after his arrest Rajib was expelled from the party for his anti-social activities and breaching party discipline. He was Jubo League's Dhaka Metropolitan (North) unit Joint General Secretary,
Rajib's activities had been under scanner after his men beat a local freedom fighter. Rajib has different wings for collecting money.
There are allegations of extortion, land grabbing and various other crimes against him, according to RAB.
During a raid on his residence after his arrest RAB seized seven bottles of foreign liquor, one unlicensed gun, one magazine, three rounds of ammunition, Tk 33,000 in cash and a passport from his possession.
"He couldn't show us any documents for the gun. It's an illegal weapon," said a member of RAB who was the part of the team that carried out the raid.
He had been absent from all his offices and Mohammadpur residence since he went into hiding.
He was also suspended as a Joint Convener of Jubo League's Mohammadpur unit after his followers beat a local freedom fighter but the order was withdrawn later.
Despite the known source of only a monthly remuneration of Tk 36,000 as a ward councilor, Rajib owns several houses, land and luxury vehicles. He is reportedly accompanied by his musclemen whenever he travels.
Rajib developed a gang over time and there are allegations of widespread irregularities against him including extortion, land grabbing, tender manipulation, and controlling local gangs.
He reportedly spent Tk 60 million to build the duplex house in Mohammadia Housing Society on a five-katha plot. Although just six years ago, he and his wife were living in a Tk 6000 rented flat in Mohammadpur.
Law enforcers have been raiding different clubs across Bangladesh, busting illegal casinos since Sept 18.
Councilor of DNCC Ward 32 Habibur Rahman Mizan was also arrested and charged under the arms and money-laundering act.