CHATTOGRAM: Police have quizzed the caretaker of the residence of Mohammad Ali Nabab, brother of Whip and lawmaker from Chattogram-12 constituency (Patiya) Shamsul Haque Chowdhury, and two of his associates who were on remand after their arrest along with a firearm.
Caretaker Md Kayes, 23, son of Md Firoz of Shovandandi union under Patiya upazila, Nazrul Islam Anu, 25, son of Shamsul Alam of Double-mooring area, and Sajjad Hossain Sajib, 27, son of Lalu Mian of Sadarghat area in the city were placed on a two-day remand on Wednesday in the case filed in connection with arrest along with the firearm. However, questions were raised as police spared the driver and the vehicle that was carrying the arms traders.
Asked about the involvement of whip’s brother Nabab with the firearm trading, he said they were trying to gather information in this connection.
Asked why the private car driver and the vehicle were not detained, the OC claimed that the firearm was not recovered from inside the private car.
The car, owned by a bank official, was running on hire and it had no link with the arms trading, he claimed.
Nezam, however, said a drive was going on to arrest Obaidul Hasan Alvi who handed over the firearm to Kayes.
Kayes was arrested along with two of his accomplices on Tuesday. Police recovered a Light Gun and a cartridge from his possession.
Meanwhile, police did not directly admit that Kayes is the caretaker of Nabab’s residence.
But, a photo of Kayes and two other arrestees was making rounds on social media after their arrest.
Several Awami League leaders of Patiya said Kayes is the caretaker of residence of whip’s brother Nabab.
Nabab used to roam taking Kayes with him. They are from the adjoining villages in Shovandandi union.
A press release sent by Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) said Kayes is the in-charge of ‘Green Delta Prime Valley’ at Road No 5 of CDA Residential Area.
Nabab resides in a flat of Prime Valley and Kayes came close to him there. Kayes also started the arms business under the cover of the job, sources said.
Sub-inspector Mehedi Hasan of Kotwali Police Station, also the Investigation officer of the case, said the trio was members of an organised gang dealing in arms.
They collected the recovered firearm from Alvi of Boxirhat area.
Kayes was arrested while taking delivery of the firearm on Tuesday, he said.
Acting on information gleaned from him, police arrested Anu and Sajib from Halishahar Muhuripara area, he said.
They used to sell firearms to criminals and political cadres at different parts of the country, said the IO.
The arrestees will be produced before court on Friday with a prayer for putting them on remand again, he added.