Narayanganj SP Harun removed

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Home land desk

Harun-Ur-Rashid, superintendent of police (SP), Narayanganj district, was removed on Sunday, amid allegations of picking up the family of a businessperson from Dhaka.

The SP has been asked to join Bangladesh Police headquarters with immediate effect, according to an order issued by the Public Security Division of the home ministry. The notification however did not specify any reason for the order.

Earlier on Saturday, Amber Group chairman Showkat Aziz Russell alleged that his wife Farah Russell and son Anaf Aziz were picked up from their Gulshan residence by law enforcement for purposes of extortion.

He said policemen, some in uniform and some in plainclothes, picked them up in the early hours of Saturday.

He said they were picked up a day after the Narayanganj SP seized Russell’s car from Dhaka Club on October 31. Russell happens to be president of the Gulshan Club,

He says that SP Harun was behind the several above mentioned incidents since his company Amber Denim refused to pay the Police Superintendent TK8 crore in extortion money.

However, Gulshan police station Officer in Charge (OC), SM Kamruzzaman, told Dhaka Tribune they have no knowledge about Narayanganj police conducting any drives in Dhaka’s Gulshan.

Meanwhile, at a press conference on Saturday evening, police said they recovered bullets and liquor from the SUV early Saturday and detained three people, Farah, Anaf, and their driver Sumon.

DB personnel stopped the car in the Signboard area of Siddhirganj around 2:45am on Saturday and seized 28 bullets, 1,200 yaba tablets, 24 bottles of foreign liquor, 28 cans of beer, and Tk22,380 in cash from the car, claimed former Narayanganj SP Harun, at a press briefing.

Later, police filed two cases under the Arms Act and the Narcotics Control Act with Siddhirganj police station, while Farah and Anaf were released to M A Hashem, Russell’s father.

According to a media report by Newsbangladesh.com, owned by the Amber Group, Russell filed a written complaint with the police about receiving extortion calls on May 5.

Neither SP Harun nor Dhaka Range Additional DIG Mahbubur Rahman were available for comment yesterday, despite repeated phone calls.

Meanwhile, Dhaka Tribune called Showkat Aziz Russell regarding the matter, but his mobile phone was found switched off.