Dhaka- One of the top figures of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s youth front has been arrested on Sunday, more than a week of speculation that the Jubo League leader was detained by the law enforcement agencies.
Members of the crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion captured Islamil Hossain Samrat, the president of Dhaka’s South unit of the organization, at a village in the eastern district of Cumilla.
The lawmen, acting on an information, arrested Samrat and his associate Arman from Chouddagram sub-district as it was presumed he might cross the border to north-eastern Indian state of Tripura.
Battalion officer Mizanur Rahman told local media that the duo were taken to their custody after they were captured on specific charges.
The arrest was made a day after one of the young lawmaker of parliament, Fazle Noor Tapas, expressed frustration over inactions by the law enforcement agencies despite the fact that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s direction to bring those tainted ruling party leaders to book.
Samrat has been accused of extortion and other forms of crimes, including harboring criminals and illegal casino businesses in the city for a long time. He has allegedly been using influence of the ruling party to establish supremacy in different places of the city.
The prime minister at a meeting of the ruling party’s central working committee last month vented anger over a section of ruling party leaders for their unabashed criminal activities. As per her direction, the Rapid Action Battalion launched anti-casino drive the city and arrested a few Jubo League leaders.
It was much discussed that Samrat might be arrested at any time since he had been allegedly involved in those illegal businesses. He had gone into hiding after the drive began on September 18 when Khaled Bhuiyan, the organizing secretary of the Jubo League, was arrested.