Assault on Pori Moni: RMG factory owner linked to incident
A garment factory owner who was present at the Dhaka Boat Club around midnight on June 9 had been involved in inciting the incident centring actor Pori Moni, Detective Branch officials said yesterday.
A DB investigator said they are now looking for the garments trader, but did not disclose the name of the businessman for the sake of investigation.
The detectives on Monday arrested businessman and former president of Uttara Club Limited Nasir Uddin Mahmud and another businessman Tuhin Siddique Omi from a house in Uttara-1 after the actor filed a case against them and four others over attempting to rape and murder her.
Three women were also arrested during the raid. The DB team also recovered local and foreign alcohol and 1,000 yaba tablets.
Nasir and Omi are now being interrogated in remand in a case filed against them and the three women under the narcotics control act with the Airport Police Station by DB Sub-inspector Manik Kumar Shikder.
According to the case statement filed by Pori Moni, Nasir physically assaulted her, forced a liquor bottle to her mouth to make her drink and tried to rape her with the assistance of Omi and four unidentified persons.
After his arrest on Monday, Nasir -- also a presidium member of Jatiya Party -- claimed that he was framed.
THE 3 OTHER ARRESTEES
Shah Alam, the caretaker of the Uttara-1 building from which the arrests were made on Monday, said one of the accused in the narcotics case, 24-year-old Nazma Amin Brishti, is Omi's wife.
Police, however, in the statement of the case filed with Airport Police Station following the arrests, mentioned that Nazma is Omi's friend.
The two other women accused in the narcotics case and arrested during the raid are Lipi Akter, 18, and Sumi Akter, 19.
Jahangir Alam, caretaker of a six-storey building in Uttara-5, said Nasir, 65, rented a flat there three months ago, saying that the 18-year-old Lipi is his wife.
The caretaker said Lipi, who identified herself as a student, lived in the flat mostly alone.
"Every two-three weeks, Nasir sir used to visit the flat and stayed six to seven hours," Jahangir told The Daily Star.
Details of Sumi Akter, who also lived in Uttara area could not be known. A shopkeeper in the neighbourhood where she lived said yesterday that all her household belongings were shifted elsewhere after she was arrested.
In the narcotics case filed with Airport Police Station, it is mentioned that Omi and Nasir collected the drugs for consuming and selling while Nazma, Lipi and Sumi also consumed the drugs and assisted them in dealing them.
Meanwhile, Additional Commissioner (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police AKM Hafeez Akhter yesterday said action would be taken against Pori Moni if any specific allegation of vandalism at Gulshan All Community Club was made against her.
He made the remark replying to a query during a press briefing centring the arrest of some suspected robbers at DMP's Media Centre.
When a journalist asked whether the All Community Club incident would be taken into cognisance in the investigation of her attempted rape and murder case, Hafiz Akhtar said, "Since the case is ongoing, everything will come under the purview of interrogation…"
On Wednesday, KM Alamgir Iqbal, president of the Gulshan All Community Club, told journalists that Pori Moni and two others went to the club on June 7 with a member.
There she turned unruly and smashed glasses, ashtrays and plates, he said. Gulshan police went there following a call to 999 from the popular actor and later filed a GD with the police station.
In another development, Jatiya Party MP Golam Kibria Tipu yesterday in parliament demanded release and acquittal of Nasir Uddin Mahmud.
The JP presidium member made the demand while participating in the general discussion on the proposed budget for 2021-22 fiscal.
Golam Kibria Tipu said in his speech said, "I know Nasir Uddin for the last about 35 years. I know him since he was a student. He is an established businessman and pays taxes to the government."