Sources in the department of prison said that there certainly must be recommendations from a ‘higher level’ to send GK Shamim to hospital. There is no other reason for him to be kept at an outside hospital. Out of the 10,000 inmates at Dhaka Central Jail, why should he be given the opportunity to go to hospital so often?

When asked about the matter, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, “I was not aware of this. I shall look into why a convict is being brought to hospital repeatedly.”

Before his arrest, GK Shamim would sometimes identify himself Jubo League’s cooperative affairs secretary. Sometimes he would say he was Narayanganj district Awami League vice president. He would move with seven armed bodyguards. He would get almost all the big contracts of the public works department.

When he was arrested from his office in Niketan in the capital, cash amounting to Tk 18 million, FDR documents of Tk 1.65 billion, USD 9000, 752 Singapore dollars, a firearm and liquor were recovered from the place. A case was filed against him under the firearms act, narcotics act and money laundering prevention act.

The verdict for the firearms case at Gulshan police station against GK Shamim and his seven bodyguards is scheduled to be declared on 25 September.

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