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Ashiyan MD Nazrul goes into hiding: Faces arrest warrant in two cases

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23rd December, 2021 10:16:26 PM
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Ashiyan MD Nazrul goes into hiding: Faces arrest warrant in two cases

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Managing Director (MD) of Ashiyan Lands Development Ltd Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan and 12 others have gone into hiding as they are facing arrest warrants in two separate cases.

Police were conducting drives to arrest them but could not find them.

According to a case, Ashiyan Lands Development Ltd sold a plot of land worth Tk 30 crore to Northern University Bangladesh in 2013. But in 2020, Nazrul made a fake agreement showing the land price as Tk 50 crore.

The court issued the warrant for the arrest of Nazrul and four others in the case filed over breaching the agreement and fraudulence.

Nazrul’s brother and Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of the company Saiful Islam Bhuiyan and Director Zahidul Islam Bhuiyan were among the rest four accused.

On December 15, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Hasibul Haque issued the arrest warrant, confirmed plaintiff’s lawyer Russell Hossain.

He said the court issued the arrest warrant and police would take necessary steps in this regard.

Besides, another court issued separate warrant for the arrest of the Ahiyan MD and eight others in a separate case filed against 15 people with Khilkhet Police Station.

One Anwara Begum, who is also a victim of fraudulence, filed the case on December 1.

Nazrul and 13 other accused went into hiding in connection with the two cases.

Contacted, Khilkhet police said they were conducting drives to arrest the MD of Ashiyan Lands Development Ltd and the other accused.

Police raided different places, but could not find them, they said.

Wishing not to be named, a police officer said: “Police remain active to arrest Nazrul and necessary action will be taken against him.”

Mohammad Saiful Islam, coordinator of Northern University, filed a case against Nazrul and some others with a Dhaka court on fraudulence charges. He filed the case on behalf of Chairman of the private university’s Board of Trustees. Ashiyan’s DMD Saiful Islam Bhuiyan, Directors Zahidul Islam Bhuiyan, Kazi Shamim Mahadi and Omar Faruk were also made accused in the case.

According to the case statement, on August 3, 2013, the Board of Trustees of the university and the company struck an agreement on a non-judicial stamp that the main campus of the educational institution would be set up on a piece of land measuring 165 decimals on Kawla Jame Mosque Road at Dakkhinkhan in the capital.

As per the agreement, Saiful Islam Bhuiyan took Tk 12 crore in advance against the total price of Tk 30 crore.

The rest of the amount was supposed to be paid by August 30.

The company would hand over all the papers and documents, including mutation and tax, to the university authorities within two months as per the agreement. It was stated in the agreement that the varsity authorities would take control of the land and demand compensation if the development company failed to give registry within the fixed time.

Besides, if any problem arose regarding the land, the company would hand over another piece of land as per the choice of the varsity.

Meanwhile, as per the conditions, a pledge was made on a non-judicial stamp of Tk 300 through notary public on August 22, 2013 after the payment of the total amount of Tk 30 crore.

Nazrul signed another pledge in the presence of witnesses that he would get the land registered on August 23 after receiving Tk 30 crore as the land price.

But after receiving the money, Nazrul started showing various excuses regarding the registry of the land. On October 26 of the same year, on behalf of Northern University chairman and vice-chancellor, a letter was sent to Nazrul asking him to register the land. After five days, Nazrul said he would register it soon.

With the help of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th accused, Nazrul on December 15 of the same year gave the land through a deed at Sub-Registry office in Badda (document no. 11353).

Later, the plaintiff became the occupier of the property in his own name and with the payment of khajna. Later on February 14, 2016, he applied to RAJUK for a land use clearance. In response to his request, RAJUK gave permission to Northern University to construct a building for a permanent campus. Since then, everything related to educational activities had been going on.

But on February 9, 2020, Nazrul filed a case (CR case No. 259/20) making Prof Dr Abu Yusuf Mohammad Abdullah, the trustee board chairman of Northern University, as the No. 1 accused.

He claimed that he would get another Tk 20 crore from the plaintiff. The case is under investigation by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).

After reviewing the papers of this case, the Northern University authorities found that a similar agreement that was signed on August 3, 2013 was made showing Tk 50 crore instead of Tk 30 crore as the land price. It showed Tk 12 crore in advance and 38 crore as arrears. It was later claimed in the CR case that Tk 30 crore had been paid and Tk 20 crore remained unpaid.

But Northern University officials said the tenure of the contract was two months and that is why is not valid at present.

Ashiyan Lands Development Ltd MD Nazrul filed the case showing a false and baseless agreement. The two sides sat for a settlement on November 15 this year on the permanent campus of Northern University.

In the presence of witnesses there, the people of Ashiyan Lands Development Ltd again demanded Tk 20 crore. At that time, they also threatened Northern University authorities bringing allegations of forging the deed. At one stage, they even threatened to kill the trustee board chairman Prof Dr Yusuf Abdullah.