DHAKA: The Customs Intelligence Investigation Directorate (CIID) has filed five more cases against the Apan Jewellers, which came in the limelight after rape of two private university girls in city’s Banani.
The CIID on Saturday (August 12) filed the cases with Gulshan, Dhanmondi, Ramna and Uttara police stations in the capital city.
Director general of the CIID Dr Mainul Khan said that the cases were filed in the four police stations over huge amount of gold seizure from separate branches of the Apan Jewellers.
The cases were recorded under the Money Laundering Act and the Customs Act on charges of concealing information in their evidence about 15 maunds of gold and diamond which were smuggled in the country.
The customs intelligence sources said that two of the cases were lodged with Gulshan police station and one each with Dhanmondi, Ramna and Uttara.
Three owners of the jewelers Dildar Ahmed Selim, Gulzar Ahmed Selim and Azad Ahmed were made accused in the cases. The accused are brothers. Dildar Ahmed Selim is the father of Banani rape case prime accused Safat Ahmed.
The CIID officials seized 15 maunds of gold and diamonds from different showrooms of Apan Jewellers upon specific allegations following the rape incident. Later, the seized gold had been deposited to the Bangladesh Bank.
Earlier on June 08, five other cases were also filed against three owners of the Apan Jewellers over the gold seizure. The cases were filed on charges of evading customs duty on 567.54kg of gold.
The rape incident happened in the Raintree hotel at Banani on March 28. One of the victims filed a case with Banani police station on May 6 accusing five people, including Safat Ahmed.
The four other accused are Nayeem Ashraf, Shadman Sakif, Shafat's driver Billal, 26, and his bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad.
However, the police had managed to arrest the five rape accused.
BDST: 2205 HRS, AUG 12, 2017