JL leader GK Shamim with 7 bodyguards held
Tk. 165 cr FDR money, Tk 1.8 cr in cash seized: 7 arms also found
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detains Jubo League central committee leader SM Golam Kibria Shamim and recovers huge amount of money from his office at Niketan area of Dhaka on Friday.
Staff Reporter :
Rapid Action Battalion in a drive picked up Awami League (AL) leader Golam Kibria (GK ) Shamim from his residence at Niketon in the city's Gulshan area on Friday morning.
They also picked up seven of his bodyguards and recovered seven guns during the drive. They are Shahidul, Murad, Delwar, Zahed, Sayem, Aminul, and Kamal, RAB official said.
RAB Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam said that they recovered also Fixed Deposit Receipt (FDR) worth Tk165.27 crore.
Of those, Tk140 crore FDRs are in the name of his (Shamim's) mother, and the rest in his name, he said.
"Besides, an amount of Tk1.80 crore in cash, 83 cheque books of 23 banks have also been seized," Sarwoer Alam said.
RAB then took Shamim to his business office GKB & Company Private Limited situated at Niketon, around 11:00am and conducted a raid there, RAB Legal and Media Wing Director Sarwar Bin Quasem told the media on Friday evening.
Shamim is the Managing Director of the company, a construction firm. The battalion personnel recovered a large amount of money, arms and drugs during the raids, the RAB official said.
He told reporters that they conducted raids at the residence and office of GK Shamim based on specific allegations. He has been taken to RAB custody for grilling over some specific
allegation against Shamim.
"There are also allegations that the arms recovered during the drives, were used in illegal activities.
Jubo League (JL) sources said that Samim introduced himself as the Cooperative Secretary of the JL that was fabricated. But he was the Vice President of the AL Narayanganj district unit.
GK Shamim also intruder from Jubo Dal, front organization of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, they alleged.
Didarul Islam, Personal Secretary of Shamim, said that Shamim's company is a first class contractor firm enlisted in Public Works Department (PWD) under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works.
He, however, claimed the huge amount of money recovered in the drive is not illegal.
"As we have various ongoing projects, the money is required to pay workers and for other purposes," he added.
"A foreign-made pistol, seven shotguns and a huge cache of bullets were also seized from the office of GKB & Company Pvt Limited, owned by Shamim," he added.