BNP doubts continuation of drives against casinos

Staff Reporter :
BNP Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam Khan has claimed that the drives against illegal casinos might not continue for long because it had so far exposed Awami League members connection to illegal gambling.
He said it on Wednesday while addressing a human chain organized by Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal in front of the Jatiya Press Club, for demanding unconditional release of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
He said, “The government started the drive against casinos after 11 years of its stay in power, and names of their leaders are getting known to all.”
Nazrul Islam said, “The more these drives continue, the more Awami league, Jubo League and Chhatra League leaders, connection will be exposed.”
“That is why the government will not continue the drive,” he said.
Since September 18, law enforcement agencies have been conducting raids and shutting down casinos across the country. Several people, including some Jubo League leaders were also arrested in this connection.
Earlier on Tuesday, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud claimed that Jubo League leader GK Shamim, who was arrested for illegal possession of narcotics and firearms and had cash on laundering charges, used to give BNP Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman Tk one crore every month.
Nazrul said, “Awami League had been in power for the last 11 years, and brought governing body of every institution under its control across the county. So, why did a leader of your organization send money to Tarique Rahman?”
BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Moin Khan and Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal President Anwar Hossain also spoke at the human chain programme.