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Juba League expels Rajib

Placed on 14-day remand in two separate cases
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Juba League 
expels Rajib
Tarequzzaman Rajib

Arrested Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Ward 33 Councillor Tare­quzzaman Rajib was expelled from Juba League committee yesterday for breaching the organization’s discipline. Juba League General Secretary Harun ur Rashid confirmed the matter to The Independent.

Later at night, a Dhaka court granted a 14-day remand to Rajib as the law enforcers sought for 20 days of remand in two separate cases. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Yeasmin Ara passed the remand order.  Rajib, who was serving as the front’s Dhaka North Unit joint general secretary, went into hiding after a crackdown on casinos began in Dhaka on September 18. He was finally detained from a house at Bashundhara Residential Area in Dhaka on Saturday night. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested him on charges of extortion, casino business and other illegal activities. Rajib has been arrested over specific allegations, said Sarwar Bin

Kashem, legal and media wing director of RAB early yesterday. “There are allegations of extortion, land grabbing and various crimes against him,” he said and added that they conducted the raid based on a tip-off that Razib was hiding at a friend’s house. After arresting Rajib, RAB conducted a search of his residence and office in Mohammadpur. During the overnight operation, nothing but a cheque of Tk 5 crore was found.

According to RAB, councillor Rajib had removed information about financial transaction, as he had become cautious.

Seven foreign liquor bottles, a pistol, a magazine, three rounds of bullets, Tk 33,000 thousand in cash and a passport were seized from the house.

After the raid executive magistrate Sarwar Alam of RAB said, "We searched his residence and office in Mohammadpur. We didn't find that much there. We believe that documents relating to his financial transactions had been removed.”

However, a checkbook was recovered from one of his associate’s home. According to the book, five crore (through three checks) had been deposited in one account of BRAC Bank. “We are investigating where the money was deposited, where the money went,” he said.

There would be two cases against him under the Arms and Drugs Act, he said, adding that the sources of income and money laundering would be investigated. “We will investigate his illegal wealth and see where he spent this money. If there is any issue of money laundering, there will be a case of money laundering.”

Magistrate Sarwar said that action would be taken against Rajib’s accomplice and everyone involved. “We don't really see anything of his legal income,” he said.

Sarwar Alam said that the councillor owned a royal house with a market value of around 10 crore taka. He imported everything even furniture for his house is from outside. We feel that this is beyond his known income.”

Rajib had no visible business or profession until becoming a councillor. Currently, his only income is from what he gets from the city corporation. In addition, all illegal transactions would be investigated.

Rajib was elected ward councillor during the 2015 DNCC polls as a rebel candidate after failing to bag a party ticket.

He was suspended as a joint convener of Juba League's Mohammadpur unit after his followers beat a local freedom fighter but the order was withdrawn later.

Despite a known source of only a monthly remuneration of Tk 36,000 as ward councillor, Rajib owns several houses, plots of land, and luxury vehicles. He is reportedly accompanied by his musclemen whenever he travels. The son of a construction worker, he developed a gang over time and there are allegations of widespread irregularities against him including those of extortion, land grabbing, tender manipulation, and the controlling of local gangs.

He reportedly spent Tk 6 crore to build a duplex house in the Mohammadia Housing Society on a five-cottah plot, although, just six years ago, he and his wife were living in a Tk 6,000 rented flat in Mohammadpur.

Law enforcers have been raiding various clubs across Bangladesh, busting illegal casinos since September 18.

Meanwhile, many leaders of the ruling party and its affiliated bodies have been arrested in the last one month.

The list includes expelled Dhaka South Juba League president Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, his accomplice Arman, expelled organising secretary of Juba League's Dhaka south unit Khalid Mahmud, Kalabagan Krira Chakra president and ex-Krishak League leader Shafiqul Alam Firoz, Juba League leader and businessman GK Shamim, Mohammedan’s director-in-Charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan.Councillor of Ward No-32 of DNCC Habibur Rahman Mizan was earlier arrested and charged under the arms and money-laundering Acts.


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