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Govt gets tough with hundi traders

Published : 19 Jan 2023 12:21 AM | Updated : 19 Jan 2023 03:53 PM

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh Police nabbed 14 members of illegal ‘hundi’ racket in a simultaneous drives in the capital.

They were allegedly involved in illegal money transactions for long times.

Mohammad Ali Mia, Additional IGP of CID, disclosed it at a press conference at CID headquarters on Wednesday.

He said, legal action has also been taken against three money exchangers – Gulshan's JMCH Pvt Ltd, Mohammadpur's Alam & Brothers, and Ashkona's Taimur Money Exchange.

According to the CID boss, there are 235 licensed legal money exchangers in Bangladesh. CID claimed that more than 1,000 illegal money exchangers are operating in the country.

He further said, except these, there are many floating, illegal businesses in various areas including Motijheel, Gulshan, Uttara and near Dhaka airport.

Getting secret information, several special teams of CID conducted drives simultaneously at five locations in Dhaka city – Gulshan-1, Ring Road, Mohammadpur, Ashkona, AB Market and China Market in Uttara  on Tuesday. CID then arrested 14 people with huge amount of local and foreign currencies.

During the special operation, a total of Tk 1,99,61,376, including foreign currencies of 19 countries worth Tk1,11,19,826, were seized from their possession.

The arrestees trade foreign currency without licence of Bangladesh Bank through their own offices and floating operations in different areas of the capital.

During primary interrogation, the arrestees confessed that each of the mentioned businesses illegally trade foreign currency worth about Tk 70-75 lakh daily.

“We shall file cases against the arrestees under the Special Powers Act, 1974”, CID chief stated.

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