Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday granted remand for a total of 18 days to interrogate suspected gold smuggler Monir Hossain, known as ‘Golden Monir’, in three cases filed over the recovery of foreign currencies, firearms and liquor from his residence in Badda area of the capital.
Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Abu Bakar put him on a 7-day remand in every two cases filed under the Arms Act and the Special Powers Act. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Masudur Rahman placed Monir on a 4-day remand in another case filed under the Narcotics Control Act, reports UNB.
Earlier, the Investigation Officers sought a total of 21 days of remand in the three cases for interrogation.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) filed the cases against Monir after recovery of foreign currencies, firearms and liquor from his residence on Saturday. He was arrested on the same day.
RAB handed over Monir known as ‘Golden Monir’ to Badda police.
The law enforcers recovered foreign currencies of 10 countries worth Tk 900,000, around 8kg of gold, and Tk 19.0 million in cash from his possession during the overnight raid.
Monir, who was a salesman of a cloth shop in Gausia Market, has 200 plots in his name in Badda, Nikunja, Uttara and Keraniganj, and used a luxurious car worth Tk 30.0 million, RAB said.
He was also a vicious hundi trader and a land broker. RAB said they found his involvement in gold smuggling.
Monir’s amassed wealth has a value of approximately Tk 10.50 billion.
According to RAB, people use to address him as 'Golden Monir' for his involvement in smuggling a huge amounts of gold into Bangladesh.