Ex-minister’s APS arrested
Detectives arrested AHM Fuad, assistant personal secretary of former Awami League minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, in a murder case from the capital's Bashundhara area early yesterday.
"A team of Detective Branch of police arrested AHM Fuad from the Bashundhara area in Dhaka around 2:20am," Jamal Pasha, additional superintendent of police in Faridpur, told reporters.
Fuad faces eight cases, including those of money laundering and assault, he said, adding that there are also arrest warrants against him in three cases.
"AHM Fuad has been forming various armed terrorist groups, including the 'Helmet Group' and 'Hammer Group', in Faridpur town for about 10 years. He has gained a lot of illicit wealth engaging in terrorist activities," the additional SP said.
Fuad, also a former convener of Faridpur district Jubo League, was shown arrested in a murder case filed with Kotwali Police Station in Faridpur on July 12, 2016, said police.
He was placed on two-day remand in the murder case yesterday after being produced before a court with a 10-day remand appeal, said Abdul Gaffar, sub-inspector of Kotwali Police Station.
Meanwhile, Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka yesterday directed the authorities concerned to publish advertisements in two national Bangla dailies asking Khandaker Mohtesam Hossain Babar, brother of former AL minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, and five others to appear before it by October 31 in a Tk2,000 crore money laundering case.
The five others are: AHM Fuad, Faridpur district Swechchhasebak League General Secretary Fahad bin Wazed Fahim, former Faridpur town Jubo League joint convener Kamrul Hasan David, district Jubo League Joint Convener Mohammad Ali Minar, and Faridpur town Jubo League Joint Convener Tariqul Islam Nasim.
The judge passed the order after receiving reports that arrest warrants against the six were forwarded for execution from the officer-in-charge of Faridpur Sadar Police Station, court sources said.
After accepting the charges, the same judge on September 30 issued arrest warrants against the six since they were shown "fugitive accused" in the charge sheet.
Four other accused -- Faridpur town AL's former general secretary Sajjad Hossain Barkat and his brother Imtiaz Hasan Rubel, also former president of Faridpur Press Club; former Faridpur town Jubo League president Khandakar Nazmul Islam Levi and its former general secretary Ashiqur Rahman Farhan -- are behind bars.
On March 3, Uttam Kumar Biswas, assistant superintendent of police of the CID and also the investigation officer of the money laundering case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka.
SM Miraj Al Mahmud, a CID inspector, lodged the case with Kafrul Police Station against the two brothers – Sajjad and Imtiaz -- under the Money Laundering Act on June 26 last year.
According to the case statement, they amassed huge amounts of wealth after winning contracts from various government departments in the district through manipulation since 2010. They were allegedly involved in drug smuggling and land grabbing. The two became owners of around 23 buses, several trucks, and private cars.