Police have been granted custody of SM Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim, a top government-listed contractor, to interrogate him in two cases filed under the drug and firearms legislation.
Following his arrest by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Friday (Sept 20), the Gulshan police produced him before a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate on Saturday (Sept 21).
Gulshan police sought seven days remand the firearms case while the Dhanmondi police pleaded for seven days in the narcotics case.
Magistrate Mahmuda Akter granted investigators five days each in the cases, the court’s General Registration Officer Sheikh Rakibur Rahman said.
Earlier in the day, RAB started three cases against Shamim, who identifies himself as a Jubo League leader, along with his seven bodyguards after putting him in the custody of the police.
Shamim’s bodyguards have been remanded for four days each in the firearms case.
RAB raided Shamim’s residence and office in the city’s Niketon and seized eight firearms, a huge amount of ammunition, Fixed Deposit Receipt (FDR) worth Tk 1.65 bullion and nearly Tk 20 million in cash, a large stash of US and Singaporean dollars and some foreign liquor, officials said.
Seven of his armed bodyguards were also arrested.
Shamim, also known as GK Shamim, is known to be an influential contractor of the Public Works Department and other government organisations.
Soon after his arrest, social media was flooded with photos where he is seen alongside senior Awami League leaders, ministers and former and current police and RAB officials.
His arrest came just two days after Jubo League Dhaka (South) Organising Secretary Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan was held from his Gulshan home for running a casino at the Fakirerpool Youngmen’s club in Dhaka.