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Case filed against MP Papul, associates with Motijheel police

  • Published at 02:46 pm July 9th, 2020
Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul Collected lakshmipur 2Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul Collected lakshmipur 2
File photo of Former Bangladeshi MP Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul Collected

The case was filed on Tuesday night

A case has been filed against Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul, member of parliament from Laxmipur 2 constituency, and three of his associates, for human trafficking.

The associates named in the case are Abdur Rashed, 54, Rezaul Karim, 45, and Monir, 33.

Some of the Papul's trafficking victims -- Abdul Alim of Nogaon, Md Shah Alam of Mymensingh, Apple Ahammed of Jamalpur, Md Rubel Haque of Rajshahi, Md Sohag of Noakhali -- filed the case with Motijheel police station on Tuesday night.

Jahidul Islam, assistant commissioner of police in Motijheel Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) confirmed the matter with Dhaka Tribune.

According to the case statement, the victims, on July 25, 2017, went to the office of Papul’s travel agency in Dhaka’s Fakirapul area where they reached a verbal agreement that all of them will be sent to Kuwait at the cost Tk7 lakh each. 

Following this, the same day, the victims submitted Tk2 lakh each to Papul’s associate Monir.

Later in 2018 and 2019, these five individuals were sent to Kuwait and the rest of the money was fully paid.

“We had a contract with him [Papul] that said, we will be working in Kuwait for eight hours a day, will get paid 120 Kuwaiti dinars (1 dinar = $3.25 approx) every month for two years, and the company that hired us will provide us accommodation,” said one of the victims in the case statement.

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Papul lied to the aforementioned victims and didn’t provide them with any wage for over four months, added the case statement.

However, at one point they were forced to work for a staggering 16 hours a day without any weekends and were only paid 100 Kuwaiti dinars, read the statement, adding that the victims were physically and mentally tortured if any of them missed work for even a single day.

The victims demanded justice for the wrongdoings of Papul.

Earlier on Monday, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh Police had announced that they have started an investigation against Papul, who has also been accused of human trafficking and money laundering among other offences. 

"We have taken steps as per procedure and started our investigation against Papul. We will disclose details with evidence," said Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy inspector general of CID.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday, said that if MP Papul turns out to be a Kuwaiti citizen, his parliamentary seat will be declared vacant.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Kuwait arrested Papul on June 6 in connection with cases related to human trafficking, residency visa trading, and money laundering.

Then, the public prosecutor of Kuwait had approached the central bank to freeze the bank accounts of Mohammad Shahid Islam. 

The financial balance of the company amounts to about 5 million Kuwaiti dinars, including 3 million dinars as the company’s capital.

On June 25, Papul was sent to the central prison of the country.

The attorney general of Kuwait decided to imprison the Bangladeshi MP for 21-days in the central prison.

Earlier, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sought income tax documents of Papul, his family, and his sister-in-law from the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Deputy director of ACC Mohammad Salauddin sought the documents from NBR in connection with the MP’s alleged involvement in money laundering and accumulating illegal wealth.

Besides, it also served a notice to the Election Commission to get the electoral affidavit of MP Shahid and his wife Selina Islam.

The ACC earlier requested the Special Branch of Police seeking restriction on MP Shahid and his family’s foreign travel.

Earlier, on June 9, the ACC served notices to MP Shahid Islam, and his family members, seeking their wealth statements.

ACC Assistant Director M Salahuddin served the notices to Shahid, his wife lawmaker Selina Islam, their daughter Kazi Wafa Islam and Selina’s sister Jemin Akter.

They were asked to submit copies of their passports, NIDs, TINs, and income tax returns within 15 days.

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