Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday grilled five persons including three policemen at its office in the capital's Segunbagicha for their involvement in embezzling 165 gold bars seized from smugglers in mid-March.
"Rampura Police Station's sub-inspector (SI) Manjurul Islam and constables Wahiduzzaman and Akash Chowdhury, their source Mahfuz Alam Rony and driver of a police-carrying vehicle Sojib Sikder were interrogated by ACC Deputy Director Jatan Kumar Roy," said Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, media and public relations officer of the anti-graft body.
ACC obtained a permission for a three-day remand from the court for the interrogation, he said.
Detectives held the five on March 31 in this regard. The ACC filed a case against them with Rampura Police Station on April 7.
On March 13, a gang of smugglers abandoned 235 gold bars in a car in Banasree area of the capital after being chased by a police team. But Rampura police recorded seizure of only 70 gold bars.
Surprisingly, the driver of the car, Samir Biswas, along with alleged smuggler Jahid Hossain went to Rampura Police Station to get their car back four days after the incident.
When police arrested the duo, Samir claimed that there had been a total of 235 gold bars in the car, not 70.
Investigation by detectives revealed how the gold was misappropriated by the policemen.
Police high-ups also withdrew the then Officer-in-Charge (OC) Kripa Sindhu Bala and OC (investigation) Nasim Ahmed of Rampura Police Station for hiding the real information of the gold bars.