The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police is starting an investigation due to various reasons including the rise in the dollar price in the country. It has come out that, in the last one year, Hundi traders have smuggled 7.8 billion dollars equivalent to 75 thousand crore rupees. Police have arrested 16 people who were involved in hundi business.
They used Mobile Banking or Mobile Financial Services (MFS) development, cash, rockets and billion dollar digital hundi transactions.
CID chief Additional IGP Mohammad Ali Mia gave this information in a press conference in Dhaka on Thursday.
He said that the interrogation of the 16 people who have been arrested has revealed that Tk. 20 crores and 70 lakhs have been smuggled in the last four months. Apart from this, CID has found more than 5 thousand agents who do hundi through MFS. Preliminary investigation found that they are involved with hundi using MFS service development, cash, rackets and means. These 5,000 agents have smuggled 25,000 crores in the last four months and 75,000 crores in the last one year.
The CID chief said that among the 16 arrested, six are BKash agents, three BKash distributor sales officers, three BKash DSS, two Hundi agents, one Hundi agent’s associate and one Hundi manager.
The CID chief said, through investigation, it is known that an organized gang is illegally smuggling money abroad through Hundi and money laundering by paying the price in local currency without bringing the hard-earned money of those staying outside the country from abroad to Bangladesh.
He said that the organized hundichakra collects the foreign currency earned by Bangladeshis abroad and pays the equivalent amount in local currency instead of sending it to the country. In this work, the criminals are divided into three groups. The first group collects foreign currency from expatriates based abroad, giving it to those who want to smuggle money out of the country. The second group smugglers and their accomplices pay the money in local currency to the MFS agent. The third group i.e. MFS agents pay the price in local currency to the MFS number received from the resident abroad.
These gangs are constantly making crores of rupees through cash in using MFS illegally. With the help of MFS agents, the traffickers are also operating many illegal businesses including online gambling, drug trading, gold smuggling, yaba trading, besides acquiring fixed assets abroad.
The CID chief said, these illegal activities are crimes under Section 2(x) (14) of Domestic and Foreign Currency Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2012, which is punishable under Section 4(2) of the same Act. Appropriate legal action is under process along with the case record in this regard.
Arrested are Akhtar Hossain (Hundi Agent), Didarul Alam Sumon (Hundi Agent), Khorshed Alam Imon (Associate of Hundi Agent), Rumon Kanti Das Joy (Development Agent), Rashed Manjur Feroz (Development Agent), Md. Hossainul Kabir (Development DSS), Naveen Ullah (Development DSS), Md. Junaidul Haque (Development DSS), Adibur Rahman (Development DSO), Asif Nawaz (Development DSO), Farhad Hossain (Development DSO), Abdul Bachir (Development Agent), Mahabubur Rahman Saleem (Development Agent), Abdul Awal Sohag (Development Agent) and Fazle Rabbi (Development Agent).
10 lakh 46 thousand 680 taka, 3 crore 46 lakh 47 thousand 229 electronic money in 4 sims and 34 mobile phones were recovered from them. CID has filed a total of 4 cases in this incident.