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DGHS driver Malek remanded

Published : 21 Sep 2020 09:55 PM | Updated : 22 Sep 2020 10:54 AM

A Dhaka court on Monday placed Abdul Malek, a driver of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) who has allegedly illegal assets worth crores of taka, on a 14-day remand.

He was placed on remand in two cases filed by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sahidul Islam passed the order. Earlier, RAB members produced him before the court seeking seven days separate remand  in two cases.

RAB personnel filed cases with the Turag police station in the capital in connection with dealing illegal firearms and counterfeit currencies against Malek.

Two investigators submitted separate petitions seeking seven-day remand for each case to interrogate Malek under their custody.

The court allowed the investigators to quiz him rejecting his bail petition.

Earlier, RAB arrested Malek from city’s Kamarpara area on Sunday for his involvement in various criminal activities.

They also recovered a foreign made pistol, a magazine, five bullets, and counterfeit notes worth Tk1.50 lakh from his possession.

A third class employee of the DGHS, Malek accumulated wealth worth crores of taka by resorting to illegal means, RAB said.

According to the primary investigation of the elite force, Malek was allegedly involved in dealing illegal firearms and fake currencies, extortion and other criminal activities in the Turag area. 

During interrogation, Malek admitted  that he extorted a huge amount of money from common people by intimidating them with firearms, RAB said.With an educational qualification of class eight, Malek first joined the Savar Health Project as a driver in 1982. In 1986, he started working as a driver at the transport pool of DGHS.