Apan Jewellers owners fail to provide docs for gold, diamonds

Dhaka,  Wed,  24 May 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 00:26:32
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Apan Jewellers owners fail to provide docs for gold, diamonds

The owners of Apan Jewellers have failed to provide documents against the stockpiling of nearly 500 kilogrammes (kg) of gold and 427 grams (g) of diamond ornaments, report bdnews24.com.

Dildar Ahmed and his brothers Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed went to the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate or CIID to be quizzed on Wednesday.

The Raintree Hotel's Managing Director HM Adnan Haroon, however, failed to appear before the CIID to answer questions on the illegal stockpiling of alcohol and evasion of import duties.

Lawyers for Haroon said he was sick and not in a position to appear before the CIID.

After quizzing the Apan Jewellers owners and hearing Adnan's plea for more time, the CIID asked them to reappear on May 23.

The two businesses are facing intense criticism after Dildar's son Safat Ahmed was accused of raping two university students at the hotel in Banani.

Customs intelligence officials said they are investigating Apan Jewellers on 'public demand'.

After the five-hour questioning of  Dildar and his brothers, CIID Director General Moinul Khan told the media that the directorate 'seized' the ornaments during raids on Apan Jewellers outlets on Sunday and Monday.

The ornaments were 'seized' in the business's DCC Market and Suvastu Tower in Gulshan, Uttara, Mouchak and Shimanto Square in Jigatala shops because the authorities could not show any papers for the stocks. Moinul said.

"The three owners could not provide any legal documents even on Wednesday," he said.

The CIID chief also said they submitted applications asking for 15 more days. The customs asked them to appear again and take part in the hearing on the gold and diamond cache with necessary papers on those at 2pm on May 23, he added.

Emerging from the CIID office after the questioning, Dildar told reporters he was 'innocent'.

"I did business the way other people in the country do. We do not run any illegal business anywhere," he said.

"...If I have done anything wrong, I beg the people's mercy," he added.

Meanwhile, police have arrested Nayem Ashraf, accused of raping two university students in a hotel in Dhaka's Banani.

Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque told bdnews24.com that Nayem was arrested in Munshiganj's Louhajong on Wednesday.

Locals at Kazipur in Sirajganj identified Nayem as Hasan Mohammad Halim. He committed many wrongdoings by claiming influential people to be his father at different times, they said.

He is the fifth suspect arrested in the case. The four others are Safat Ahmed, the son of an owner of Apan Jewellers, Safat's friend Shadman Sakif, the son of Regman Group co-owner Mohammad Hossain Jony, and Safat's driver 'Billal' and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.
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