Dhaka – Bangladeshi security forces have seized cash worth about 26.55 crore ( about 3.13 million dollars) and bank fixed deposit receipts worth about yet another 5.15 crore taka (674447.63 US dollars)form the home of a former leader of the local unit of the ruling party in the old part of the Dhaka city.
The crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion found the cash and the receipts piled up in five iron safes at the resident of former vice president of Gendaria unit of the Awami League Enamul Haque Enu on Monday night.
The drive was conducted at Lalmohon Saha Street in Dhaka’s Wari nearly one and a half months after Enu and his brother Rupon Bhuiyan were arrested in Keraniganj, a city outskirt, on January 13 over their alleged involvement in running casino businesses illegally in Dhaka.
Bhuiyan was the general secretary of the Gendaria unit of the ruling party. The duo have been in hiding in a rented home until they were arrested after the law enforcement agencies launched a drive against the illegally run casinos in Dhaka in September last year.
Battalion officer Lieutenant Colonel Rakibul Hasan told a news conference that they also seized gold, foreign currency, casino chips and other materials from the ground floor of the six-storey building.
The foreign currency involved 9,300 US dollars, 11,560 Thai baht 174 Malaysian Ringgits, 5,350 Indian rupees, 1,195 Chinese yens and 100 UAE dirham, the officer said.
The battalion members began the operation in the midnight breaking the padlocked of the doors as none of the AL leaders’ family was staying at the building. They found five steel safes where the cash, FDRs, ornaments and casino chips were stored.
The government launched an anti-casino drives on September 18 and arrested a number of ruling party leaders who used to run those casinos illegally in Dhaka’s five football clubs. The drive was slowed down in the past months.