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GK Shamim on remand
The Daily Star
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:00

GK Shamim on remand

The Daily Star
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:00

SM Golam Kibria Shamim has been accused of tender manipulation, extortion and running drugs and gambling businesses in one of the three cases filed against him yesterday.

GK Shamim on remand


He took money from bus terminals and cattle markets by causing fear with his armed bodyguards, the case added.

Although the firearms were licenced for personal security of his seven bodyguards, they wielded those breaching the conditions of licences, it reads.

Shamim and Shafiqul Alam Feroz, president of Kalabagan Krira Chakra Club, were arrested on Friday. They were placed on a 10-day remand yesterday.

Popularly known as GK Shamim, the top government-listed contractor and his seven bodyguards were accused in the case filed under the Arms Act with Gulshan Police Station.
The accused bodyguards are Delwar Hossain, Murad Hossain, Zahidul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Kamal Hossain, Samsad Hossain and Aminul Islam.

Two other cases filed against Shamim with the police station are under the money laundering and narcotics control acts.

Naib Subeda Mizanur Rahman of Rab 1 filed the cases yesterday afternoon.

During a raid at Shamim’s house and office in the capital’s Niketan, Rab seized eight firearms, a huge amount of ammunition, Fixed Deposit Receipts of Tk 165 crore and around Tk 1.8 crore in cash, a large stash of the US and Singaporean dollars and some foreign liquor.

Shamim is known to be an influential contractor of the Public Works Department and other government organisations. His company GKB and Company (Pvt) Limited is handling 15 big construction projects of the government, involving around Tk 3,000 crore, said Shafaeth Hossain, marketing manager of his firm.

PLACED ON REMAND

Shamim was placed on a 10-day remand in the cases filed under the Arms Act and Narcotics Control Act.

In one case, the prosecutors appealed for a seven-day remand each for Shamim and his seven bodyguards, but the court granted Shamim five days and seven bodyguards four days each.

Shamim was placed on another five days remand in the drugs case in which Shamim is the lone accused.

His lawyers pleaded to the court for cancellation of the remand, saying Shamim was a special contractor. They argued that he needed the armed bodyguards because his 18 construction projects involving several thousand crores.

They also argued that the firearms were legal and the liquor seized did not belong to him.

The prosecution lawyers asked how a man could win the contract for 18 government projects.

They said to know the mystery Shamim needs to be interrogated in remand.

KALABAGAN CLUB PRESIDENT

Kalabagan Krira Chakra Club President Shafiqul Alam Feroz was placed on a 10-day remand on charges of possessing an illegal firearm and drugs.

A Dhaka court passed the order after police produced Shafiqul before it with a 20-day remand prayer in two cases.

The prosecutors said as the law enforcers found a foreign pistol and 990 yaba pills in his possession, it was necessary to interrogate him in remand.

Shafiqul’s lawyer told the court that an influential quarter, conspiring against Shafiqul, implicated him in false cases.

The lawyer said Shafiqul was “threatened with crossfire” and asked why he would keep firearms and yaba pills at his office at a time when series of raids were going on in the capital.