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21 held in Ashulia gambling den raid

  • Published at 04:47 pm October 25th, 2020

In September 2019, the government launched a massive crackdown on illegal casinos in Dhaka

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained 21 people during a raid at a gambling den in Ashulia, Dhaka.

RAB 4 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ziaur Rahman confirmed the matter on Sunday.

In September 2019, the government launched a massive crackdown on illegal casinos in Dhaka in a landmark event pertaining to the country’s law and order.

The raid took place on Saturday night in the Kaichabari area of Ashulia.

The detained people are Md Billal, 38, Jewel, 28, Moidul Islam, 32, Sobuj Miah, 28, Sharif, 28, Liton, 45, Rabiul Mollah, 24, Abu Taleb, 20, Diyajul Islam, 20, Shipon, 20, Abdul Alim, 35, Azadul Islam, 50, Sohel Mollah, 32, Asadul Islam, 30, Ekhlas, 35, Moin Miah, 28, Masud Rana, 20, Habibur Rahman, 47, Rubel Miah, 33, Fazle Rabbi, 22, and Roni Bhuiya, 25.

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RAB said at the back of a shop in Ashulia’s Kaichabari neighbourhood, a gambling den was run with various electronic boards installed there. 

Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team, accompanied by Executive Magistrate Md Anisur Rahman, conducted the raid there.

The team also seized an electronic board used for gambling, playing cards, 100 yaba pills, 12 cans of foreign beer, 22 mobile phones, and Tk38,000 in cash from the spot.

Sensing the presence of the law enforcement team, the owner of the den fled the area before he could be detained.

RAB 4 Senior ASP Md Sajedul Islam, who led the raid, said: “Cases will be filed against the detained people. We will continue to conduct these raids.”

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On February 10, 2020, the High Court declared gambling illegal at 13 clubs in five districts and other areas across the country.

The court also ordered law enforcement agencies to seize gambling equipment if found anywhere in the country.

What had happened?

To date, charge-sheets in 21 cases filed in this regard have been submitted, while 11 cases are being investigated.

Sources said that around 275 people were arrested during the raids. Most of the arrestees were leaders of various front organizations of the ruling Awami League. Among them were six leaders of the Jubo League, three councillors of Dhaka city, and one Krishak League leader. RAB arrested 236 people and filed 32 cases over the last one year.

Law enforcement forces raid Mohammedan Sporting Club on September 22 and confiscate gambling materials from the club premises |
Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The law enforcement agencies arrested Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, former president of Jubo League's Dhaka South City, Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, former organizing secretary of the same unit, GK Shamim, a claimed to be a Jubo League leader and an influential contractor, Selim Pradhan, who ran an online casino, and leaders of the Awami League's Gandaria Thana unit Enamul Haque Enu and Rupon Bhuyian over their alleged involvement in money laundering, narcotics and counterfeit currency.

A total of 22 firearms, 277 rounds of ammunition, about Tk8.45 crore in cash, including a huge amount of foreign currency, different bank FDR Tk166.27 crore, 135 different bank cheque books, Tk11.77 crore of bank cheques, around 8kg gold, narcotics and gambling equipment were recovered during the operations, said RAB officials.