In exchange for money, the Nurul-led syndicate used to release illegal goods imported with false declaration of fishes, dried fishes, pickles, timbers, etc at Teknaf Land Port
A former computer operator at Teknaf Land Port in Cox's Bazar has allegedly amassed several hundred crores of taka through smuggling goods into Bangladesh, tax evasion and unloading illegal goods by forming a syndicate.
Nurul Hasan, the former contractual computer operator, who has amassed around Tk460 crore in the form of cash and properties, was arrested from Dhaka's Mohammadpur area by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday with yaba and fake currencies on his possession, said Rab's Media Wing Director Khandaker Al-Moin in a briefing on Tuesday.
After Nurul joined as a contractual computer operator at the port in 2001 with a daily wage of Tk130, he got involved with some syndicates and learned about smuggling, tax evasion, unloading illegal goods and how to forge various documents required at the port, Moin added.
After mastering the techniques, he formed his syndicate and left the job. He appointed some people loyal to him as his accomplices. There are 10-15 members in his racket, but Rab is yet to identify them, the Rab officer further said.
In exchange for money, the Nurul-led syndicate used to release illegal goods imported with false declarations of fishes, dried fishes, pickles, timbers, etc at the port.
Nurul has set up at least five companies in the export, import and real estate sectors. He has also invested in the shipping industry and amusement parks. The companies are Al Nahian Enterprise, Miftahul Enterprise, Alka Enterprise, Alka Real Estate and Kaniz Enterprise.
Apart from these, Nurul has purchased at least six buildings and 13 plots in Dhaka. Altogether, he owns 37 plots and houses in Savar, Teknaf, St Martin's island and Bhola, most of which are in his name and the name of his wife and brother.
Nurul has 19 bank accounts in various banks in Bangladesh. During the drive on Monday, RAB seized fake notes worth Tk3.46 lakh, Myanmar currency worth 3.80 lakh, Tk2.01 lakh in cash and 4,400 yaba pills.