Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday pressed charges against Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, a former Jubo League leader and an alleged kingpin of illegal casino business in Dhaka, in a case filed under the Arms Act.
Rab’s Sub-inspector Shekhar Chandra Mallik, also an investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka.
The charges brought against Samrat for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition at his office were primarily proven and he should be brought under trial for the offences, the IO said in his probe report.
In the charge sheet, the IO did not mention for what reasons the illegal arms and ammunition were used. The charge sheet will be placed before the court on November 20 for the next course of action, court sources said.
On October 6, Rab members arrested Samrat, former president of Dhaka South Jubo League, and his close aide Enamul Haque Arman, former vice-president of the same unit, in Cumilla after raiding a house near Indian border.
He came under the spotlight after Rab busted his illegal casino business at different sporting clubs in Dhaka. He was expelled from the Jubo League following his arrest.
Samrat was then brought to the capital, and the elite force conducted operations at various establishments where the former Jubo League leader either lived or carried out political and business activities.
Rab also took Samrat to his political office in Kakrail where he had been reportedly staying since the crackdown began on September 18.
Rab members at a press briefing said they had seized two torture devices, a pistol with five bullets, two hides of kangaroos, 1,160 pieces of yaba and 19 bottles of foreign liquor from there.
A Rab mobile court, led by Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam, sentenced Samrat to six months’ imprisonment for possessing wild animal hides and another six months for possessing illegal liquor.
Rab filed the two cases against him with Ramna Police Station the next day.
On September 24, the government imposed a travel ban on Samrat.
On October 13, Samrat’s mother Sayera Khatun Chowdhury said her son was implicated in the cases due to personal and political vengeance.
On October 15, Samrat was placed on a 10-day remand in connection with the two cases -- one for possessing arms and ammunitions and the other for possessing drugs -- at his office. After completion of his remand, he was sent to jail.