Samrat transferred to prison from hospital

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 12:05, Oct 12, 2019 | Updated : 15:20, Oct 12, 2019

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat on Oct 6. FILE PHOTO/Sazzad HossainExpelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat has been taken to the Dhaka Central Jail after being at hospital for three days following chest pains.
The alleged casino kingpin was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases on Oct 8, two days after his arrest.
He was transferred to the prison on Saturday (Oct 12), Jailer Mahbubul Islam told Bangla Tribune.
The involvement of Jubo League leaders in overseeing illicit gambling operations came to light after the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) uncovered illegal casino business in raids on Young Men's Club, Wanderers Club and Muktijoddha Krira Chakra on Sept 18.

After arresting some casino owners, law enforcing agencies were looking for Samrat as he had been recognised as the kingpin of the illegal casino business in the capital.

Samrat had reportedly been holed up in his Kakrail office since Sept 18, the day Dhaka South Jubo League Organising Secretary Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan was arrested for his links with running a gambling den at a club in Fakirerpool.

Following Khaled’s arrest, the elite force nabbed Kalabagan Krira Chakra President and Krishak League leader Shafiqul Alam Firoz.

Two days later, Jubo League leader and businessman GK Shamim, was arrested for money laundering, illegal possession of arms, and narcotics.

Raids by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police later on the Mohammedan Sporting Club, Dilkhusha Sporting Club, Victoria Sporting Club and Arambagh Sporting Club also uncovered similar gambling operations.

On Sept 27, RAB arrested Mohammedan’s Director-in-Charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan and charged him with money laundering over his proceedings from the decades-old club.

Samrat has been banned from leaving the country, according to the police.

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