Starting as computer operator, man amassed Tk 460 crore, Rab says
He took up a job as a computer operator, on contract basis, at Teknaf Land Port in Cox's Bazar in 2001, with daily wage of only Tk 130.
While working there, Nurul Islam has mastered the techniques of smuggling, tax evasion, unloading illegal goods, and facilitating others with document manipulation at the port, Rab claimed.
Then, he formed a racket of brokers and amassed crores over the last two decades.
Khandaker Al Moin, Rab's Legal and Media wing director, said these after members of the elite force -- along with an intelligence agency -- arrested him from Dhaka' Mohammadpur early today.
Rab claimed to have seized fake Bangladesh taka notes of 3.46 lakh, Myanmar currency worth 3.80 lakh, Tk 2.01 lakh in cash, and 4,400 pieces of yaba during the drive.
"He has amassed around Tk 460 crore, most of which he earned through illegal means," the Rab director told a press briefing.
He has purchased at least six buildings, 13 plots in Dhaka city. Besides, he has 37 plots and houses in Savar, Teknaf, St. Martin's island and Bhola, Moin said.
"To legalise his illegal income, he left his job as computer operator in 2009 and set up at least five companies -- export-import and real estate," he added.
Names of the companies are: Al Nahian Enterprise, Miftahul Enterprise, Alka Enterprise, Alka Real Estate and Kaniz Enterprise.
Most of the properties are in his, his wife's and brother's name, the Rab director said.
The Rab official said there are at least 15 persons involved in his racket. Rab are trying to arrest them.