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05:20 PM, October 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:10 PM, October 23, 2019

Crackdown on casinos: ACC slaps travel ban on 22 persons

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed travel ban on 22 persons as part of its investigation into their involvement in casino business and accumulation of wealth through the unknown source of income.

ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain also chief of the investigation team today sent a letter to the superintendent of police (immigration branch) of the Special Branch of Police, the ACC official told The Daily Star.

The ban imposed on those are accused in connection with money laundering charges and the ACC’s investigation team found primary evidence against them, Iqbal Hossain said.

The people allegedly involved in the casino business and money laundering are trying to flee the country and the ACC, based on intelligence, has come up with the move so     

Bhola-3 constituency lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon and Shamsul Huq Chowdhury, MP and whip of Jatiya Sangsad, are among the 22 persons who are facing the travel ban, he added.

The travel ban was also imposed on SM Golam Kibria Shamim, popularly known as GK Shamim, Jubo League Dhaka South Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, director-in-charge of Mohammedan Sporting Club, Dhaka South Jubo League President Ismail Hossain Samrat and his close associate Eanamul Haque Arman, Shafiqul Alam Feroz, President of Kalabagan Krira Chakra Club, Selim Prodhan, online casino kingpin and Hahibur Rahman Mizan, a ward councillor of Dhaka North City Corporation.

Other  persons are Enamul Haque Anu, vice president of Gendaria than unit Awami League, his brother Rupan Bhuiyan, joint general secretary of the same unit of the organization and their associate Abul Kalam Azad, Kazi Anisur Rahman sacked office secretary of the Central Jubo League his wife Sumi Rahman, Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan and his wife Nabila Lokman Rafiqul Islam, former chief engineer of Department of Public Works, its former additional engineer Md Abdul Hai, Ward Councillor AKM Maminul Haque Saeed and Proshanta Kumar Haldar, former managing director of NRB Global Bank.

Besides, Zakir Hossain, owner of Zakir Enterprise, and Shafiqul Islam, owner of Shafique Enterprise, were also asked not to leave the country for the sake of the investigation, the ACC official said according to the letter.

More people will come under the purview of the ban that will be imposed in the next few days, ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain said.

The ACC on September 30 took a decision to investigate the wealth of the people allegedly involved in casino and illegal business and then a five-member inquiry team headed by Syed Iqbal Hossain.

Later, two more ACC officials have been included in the investigation team to make their efforts a success.

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