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12:00 AM, May 20, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 20, 2008

Gatco Case

Hunt on for MK Anwar, other absconding accused

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Naim Ahmed yesterday said their efforts to arrest the absconding accused in Gatco scam case, including former agriculture minister and BNP leader MK Anwar, will continue.
“Efforts are on to arrest the absconding accused. If they are not arrested we will submit reports to the courts on May 22 as per procedure,” Naim Ahmed told a press briefing yesterday after the monthly crime review meeting of the DMP at Rajarbagh Police Telecom auditorium.
Asked why they have delayed in executing arrest warrants, the DMP commissioner said they did not make delay in executing arrest warrants. He said they moved to arrest the accused on Sunday as the previous two days were weekly holidays.
Police sources said they made the delay as the government high-ups reached unofficial agreements with the high profile accused that they would surrender before the court on Sunday. As some of the accused dishonoured the agreements, police were asked to arrest them, the sources said.
Police raided the Elephant Road residence of MK Anwar and other absconding accused on Sunday night but did not find them at their residences.
The law enforcers arrested Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami hours after BNP leaders Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and M Shamsul Islam were sent to jail on surrender to a Dhaka court the same day.
The three ministers were among the 12 absconding accused in the case, against whom a Dhaka court issued arrest warrants on May 15.
The police commissioner also said eight more new police stations will be set up in the city within two to three months. He said work is on to find out suitable houses for Kalabagan, Darussalam, Rampura, Bangshal, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Gendaria, Chawkbazar and Kadamtola police stations.
Giving statistics of crime, Naim said the crime situation is now under control.
The DMP commissioner said they have formed two specialised teams in detective branch to check fraudulence and cheating. He said, “We have reviewed crime statistics and found that cheats and frauds swindled money several times more than robbers, thieves and muggers from city dwellers”.
The cheats and frauds swindled money in different ways including promising people to manage a job or send abroad, providing fake visas of different countries and cheating people in guise of landowner or broker and defrauding people providing medical treatment in clinics and laboratories run without permission and skilled manpower.

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