POST TIME: 18 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Samrat in RAB custody

Samrat in RAB custody

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday took custody of expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat after receiving the nod to investigate the two cases filed against him under narcotics and firearms legislations. RAB senior assistant director (media wing) Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan confirmed the matter to the Independent. “Samrat has been taken to the RAB-1 office after the Detective Branch (DB) handed him over to us,” he said. Late on Wednesday, the elite force received the documents that cleared them to investigate the cases, he added. On October 15, a Dhaka court remanded Samrat for 10 days in the two cases. He was kept in DB custody. Earlier, on October 6, Samrat and his close aide Arman were arrested by the RAB from Cumilla’s Chauddagram over his alleged ties to casino business in the capital. The RAB later conducted a five-hour raid on Samrat’s office in Kakrail’s Bhuiyan Trade Centre with him in tow. They subsequently recovered a foreign pistol, 1,160 pieces of yaba tablets, 19 bottles of foreign liquor, two kangaroo hides and ‘electrical torture equipment’ from there.

RAB executive magistrate Sarwoer Alam sentenced Samrat, under the Wildlife (preservation and security) Act, to six months in prison for keeping two kangaroo hides in his possession.

The same day, he was sent to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.

The RAB filed two cases against him with Ramna police station under Narcotics Control Act and Arms Control Act.

On October 7, Samrat was placed before a Dhaka court, where the investigating officer (IO) of the cases appealed for a 10-day remand each in the two cases.

However, the court was unable to pass any order as the former Jubo League leader fell sick.

On October 8, Samrat was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) by the jail authorities after he complained of chest pain. Later, he was shifted to the coronary care unit (CCU) of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) from where he was discharged on October 12.