The wife of a businessman in Benapole has brought allegations of demanding Tk 10 lakh illegal toll and threatening her family with dire consequences against a suspected yaba trader.
While reading out the allegations at a press conference at Jashore Press Club yesterday Sukh Moni, wife of businessman Rubel Hossain, said her husband left his job about six months ago and they together started a business in Benapole a few months ago.
She said they import mustard oil cake from India through Bhomra Land Port and sell those in different parts of the country.
“Local yaba trader Mostafizur Rahman alias mobile Babu had been demanding Tk 10 lakh since the start of the business,” she said, adding that Babu also threatened her family with dire consequences if her husband did not give him the money.
In the beginning of the month of Ramadan Babu again asked her husband to pay the amount, otherwise, he will implicate him in a false drug case, she alleged.
Sukh Moni said drug addicted Babu, a known drug trader in the area, married wife of another top drug trader Salim, who was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police last year.
Babu also threatened her saying that if her husband failed to meet his demand he will marry her forcibly and took her to India, she alleged, adding that although Babu runs his illegal currency trade in Benapole, no one dares to lodge any complaint against him.
Sukh Moni and her husband Rubel, who was also present at the press conference, urged for local administration’s intervention in this regard and protect them from extortionist Babu.