Apan Jewellers' 536 Kg gold, 7,369 pieces diamond 

Apan Jewellers’ 536 Kg gold, 7,369 pieces diamond 


Dhaka, Jun 4 – Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) on Sunday deposited 536 Kg of gold ornaments and 7,369 pieces of diamond ornaments seized from five outlets of Apan Jewellers to Bangladesh Bank as the leading jewellers brand failed to show valid documents for those.“As the Apan Jewellers authorities did not show valid documents for the seized 536 Kg gold ornaments and 7,369 pieces diamond ornaments, those were granted primarily as smuggling goods and were deposited to the Bangladesh Bank,” CIID DG Moinul Khan told UNB.
The market price of the seized gold ornaments were assessed Tk 259.10 crore, he said.
Earlier in the morning, the CIID officials started confiscating the gold and the diamond from the five outlets which were seized by the CIID on May 14 and 15 and those ornaments were kept at the respective outlets.
Though the outlets’ owners were asked to submit relevant documents in favour of the seized ornaments, they failed to come up with those, CIID Joint Director Shafiur Rahman said.
The CIID teams raided all of the outlets of Apan Jewelers on May 14, owned by Dilder Ahmed, father of prime accused of the Banani rape case Shafat Ahmed. Two other brothers of Dilder are also partners of the outlets.
Businessman Dilder came in the limelight after the rape of two private university girls allegedly by his son Shafat and his cohorts in a Banani hotel came to the fore.
One of the rape victims filed a case with Banani Police Station on May 6 accusing five people, including Shafat.
The four other accused are Nayeem Ashraf, Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal, 26, and his bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad.
All of the accused are now behind the bars.


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