Dhaka, Bangladesh
Casinos in all clubs searched

Now police raid Dhaka's premier sporting clubs

Casinos in all clubs searched

RAB already busted some clubs, casinos under govt-directed purge

News Report: Police Sunday raided some premier sporting clubs in Dhaka and found casinos inside all, adding a new dimension to an ongoing purge launched by the government. Senior ministers say the crackdown on 'corruption' and 'misdeeds is underway at the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and that none found guilty would be spared. The current combat against wrongdoings got off to a starling start with the axing of Chhatra League president and secretary amid a scam over project-money extortion at Jahangirnagar University. Thereafter, RAB went on raids on clubs, casinos and ill-gotten wealth. What were coming to light during the drive against some listed ones in the ruling Awami League's different wings appalled all: unauthorised casinos, caches of cash and savings tools, and guns. On Sunday, it is police who went into action, reportedly following reconnaissance, making forays into Bangladesh's premier sporting clubs situated in the city. They searched Mohammedan Sporting Club, Arambagh Krira Sangha, Dilkusha Sporting Club and Victoria Sporting Club and found elements of casino gaming. Reports said some foreigners are hired to run the casinos and that they take way millions from the proceeds. Cash flows on the floors of casinos wherever such system of junket exists. This is one segment of what is defined as nightlife, seen as integral to business circles that undergo enervating dealings at daytime. In Bangladesh the law doesn't permit casino. "Casino isn't a legal business in Bangladesh," Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Sunday, as the hunt continued. At night, police launched a raid on a lifestyle and health club at Gulshan-1 Navana Tower. Details were awaited. Road Transport Minister and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud and Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaq reaffirmed that the combat would continue and "none involved in corruption and misdeeds be spared". One of flurries of brainstorming at discussions in many forums centered round casinos busted in Dhaka as heads kept rolling with a purge of power politics ongoing at the dictate from the highest level of the government and the ruling party. Analysts say there are casinos in many countries where these nighttime entertainment system is allowed. Macao Island off mainland China is a haven of this sort. One analyst pointed out that casinos are there in Malaysia and the Maldives-two Muslim-majority countries-apart from Nepal at the next door. In those countries the run of casinos is approved and strictly regulated by the law. Even in Nepal-the Himalayan tourist country where nightlife facilities galore, naturally so for attracting foreign tourists and businesspeople-locals are restricted from entry into casinos. Nighttime entertainment and pastime, after day's daily rut, are thought as promoters of business, especially foreign investment in industries, commerce and so. This arrangement is defined as nightlife. However, in Bangladesh it is not permitted, and the clandestine run of casinos and minting huge money through coercive tender manipulation as unveiled through the operations raised security concern and fears of social unrest. A number of analysts from different disciplines are expressing such views as the RAB and police discoveries showed those involved belong to the youth front of the ruling party and that politics was mixed with personal gains. "It's also a security concern as foreigners sans legal permit are also hired to run casinos," said Brig-General Sakhawat Hossain.

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