Two separate courts in Dhaka today placed expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon on 15-day remand each in three cases lodged against them.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Masudur Rahman placed the couple along with their personal aides Sabbir Khondokar, 29, and Sheikh Taiba Nur, 22, on five-day remand each in a case lodged under The Special Powers Act, 1974, with Airport Police Station.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim on the other hand, placed the Papia and Sumon on 10-day remand in total in two arms and narcotics cases lodged under Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station.
Investigation officer (IO) of special powers act case and Airport Police Station inspector Md Kaikobad Kazi in his remand plea said the accused have confessed amassing huge wealth through business of illegal weapons, drug trade, smuggling, trading of fake currencies, extortion, lobbying, land trade and immoral works.
“We need to take them on 10-day remand to interrogate them extensively to discover the source of foreign currencies recovered from them, identify other members of fake currency making gang and its kingpin and conduct raids in this regard,” he said.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-1 arrested Papia and the three others from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on February 22. The elite crime busting agency members recovered seven passports, Taka 2, 12,270, fake note of Taka 25,600, USD 11,481, Sri Lankan 420 rupee, Indian 301 rupee and two debit cards from their possessions.
RAB later raided Papia’s Farmgate flats and recovered a foreign-made pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign-made liquor, Taka 58, 41,000 cash, credit and debit cards of different banks from there.