Two cases filed against Kalabagan club president

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2019-09-21 13:36:05 BdST


Two cases have been filed against Kalabagan Krira Chakra President Mohammad Shafiqul Alam Firoz, who was arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion or RAB during a raid forming part of the government's crackdown on illegal gambling establishments. 

Dhanmondi Police Inspector Md Parvez Hossain recorded the cases initiated by RAB, charging Firoz with the possession of an illegal firearm and drugs in the early hours of Saturday.

The cases against him were filed by Inspector of RAB-2 Mohammed Abdul Hamid Khan as plaintiff, said Inspector Parvez. 

Firoz, a member of Krishak League’s central committee and senior vice-president of manpower export association BAIRA, had tried to run for the Chandpur-5 seat in the last general election on the Awami League ticket.

He was one of five people to be arrested during Friday's raid on Kalabagan Club, according to RAB. 

The elite police unit said it seized foreign coins, playing cards and gambling equipment, casino-style scoreboard, a foreign-made firearm, three rounds of bullet and methamphetamine-based yaba tablets during the operation.

Asked why the four other arrestees were not named in the cases, Captain Ashik Billah of RAB-2 told, "The four were paid staffers of Kalabagan Krira Chakra. It wouldn't have been prudent to charge them in the cases and there wasn't anything pointing to their involvement in the matter."

They were later released on bond, he said.