Bangladesh has unveiled a massive network of casino gambling operations involving leaders of Jubo League, the youth wing of the country’s one of the most popular political parties.
Following the crackdown, several of Jubo League’s leaders including Samrat, who is suspected to be the kingpin, has been absconding. The authorities have imposed a travel ban on Samrat while the police are hunting for the absconding Jubo League leaders.
The involvement of Jubo League leaders came into light after the raids on three sporting clubs – Young Men’s Club, Wanderers Club, and Muktijoddha Krira Chakra.
While the police have already arrested Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, organizing secretary of Jubo League’s Dhaka south unit, the hunt for others continues.
The raids intensified over the weekend after the Prime Minister called for prompt and strict action and warned that no one involved would be spared.
Over the weekend, in a nationwide crackdown on gambling, police conducted a series of raids on major sporting clubs in the country’s capital city Dhaka.
Mohammedan Sporting Club, Victoria Sporting Club, Dilkusha Sporting Club, and Arambagh Krira Sangha were raided after the police had confirmed reports of gambling activities taking place.
The sporting clubs hosted casinos and gambling machines which were confiscated. However, the clubs have not been sealed as the sporting activities are allowed, according to Monalisa Begum, additional deputy commissioner (Motijheel division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
“We seized the gambling machine in such a way so that they could not play again with these,” she said.