The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has urged the police to issue an embargo on leaving the country against some 22 persons including two lawmakers Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury and Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon as per its ongoing drives against those, who amassed wealth through casino business.
The ACC on Wednesday sent a letter to the Special Superintendent of Police (Immigration) of Special Branch in this regard.The commission asked the specialised unit of police to take necessary steps to prevent the 22 persons, who are now in both police custody and under the watch of law enforcers for their alleged involvement in amassing wealth illegally through casino business, from leaving the country.
The others 20 people are so-called Jubo league (JL) leader GK Shamim, JL Dhaka south unit’s expelled president Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, organizing secretary Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, vice president Enamul Haque Arman, office secretary Kazi Anisur Rahman and his wife Sumi Rahman, Director-in-charge of Mohammedan Sporting club Lokman Hossain Bhuyain, his wife Nabila Lokman, Kalabagan Krira Chakra President Shafiqul Alam Firoz, online casino ‘kingpin’ Salim Pradhan, ward councilor Habibur Rahman Mizan, Gandaria Thana Awami League president Enamul Haque, its joint secretary Rupon Bhuiyan, Public Works Department former chief engineer Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, additional chief engineer Md Abdul Hai, ward councilor Mominul Haque Sayeed, NBR global bank former managing director Pashanto Kumar Hawlader, Wanderers Club staff Abul Kalam Azad, owner of Jakir Enterprise Limited Jakir Hossain and owner of Shafiq Enterprise Limited Shafiqul Islam.
The names of the 22 people came under ACC scanner after it has recently launched inquiries following the government’s crackdown against illegal casinos runners. Most of them are leaders of ruling Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies.
The anti-graft body started investigation against the alleged casino runners on September 30.
Earlier, the government launched a drive against corruption and illegal gambling on September 18.