A Dhaka court yesterday placed Moinul Haque Manju, a ward councillor of Dhaka South City Corporation, on a 10-day remand in two cases filed under the arms and narcotics control acts.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Dhiman Chandra Mondol passed the order after Sub-inspector Harun-Or-Rashid of Wari Police Station produced him before the court and sought a seven-day remand prayer in each case.
The court also put Manju’s driver Sajjad Hossain on a five-day remand in the narcotics case after police produced him before it with a seven-day remand appeal.
Rab lodged the cases with Wari Police Station on Thursday night.
Earlier in the day, Rab arrested Manju in a case filed on October 30 over demanding Tk 2 lakh from a trader at the capital’s Rajdhani Super Market.
The councillor had long been running an extortion racket in the area, according to Rab.
He amassed crores of taka from extortion and grabbing properties of others. Rab said he used to send the money to his family in the US through Hundi (an illegal non-banking channel).
Rab said they recovered two firearms, some bottles of liquor, a stash of cannabis, and a large amount of sex stimulating pills from the ward councillor’s office in Tikatoli.
The councillor could not show any valid documents of the firearms, said Rab.
However, in the remand prayer, police mentioned that of the two pistols, one was found to be a toy gun.
With Manju, law enforcers have so far arrested three ward councillors in the capital since the beginning of the ongoing crackdown on corruption and illegal casinos.
Locals said Manju was elected councillor of the ward-39 twice before.
In 2015, shop owners of Rajdhani Super Market filed a complaint against Manju with the home ministry, but no action was taken.
Since September 18, Rab and police have raided different areas and arrested a number of leaders of ruling Awami League and its associated bodies.
The other arrestees are expelled Dhaka South Jubo League president Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, his accomplice Arman, its expelled organising secretary Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, Kalabagan Krira Chakra president and former Krishak League leader Shafiqul Alam Feroz, contractor GK Shamim, and Mohammedan Sporting Club Director (in-charge) Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan.