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‘The brains behind casino kingdom’

Samrat stood on Arman’s know-how

He passed his SSC exams from Railway High School in the capital in 1988 and went to his village home at Sonapur in Feni for a few days.

But he came back to Dhaka soon afterwards, because his elder brother beat him up for playing cards with his friends.

After a while, Enamul Huq Arman left Bangladesh for Pakistan, his family members told The Daily Star.

“We do not know much about his activities in Pakistan. We only know he used to work at the house of actor Nadeem Baig,” Arman’s younger brother Mahmudul Huq Jewel said over phone yesterday.

He added that Arman was a gambling addict and he learnt many tricks when he was in Pakistan.

At the end of 1993, he returned to the country and started a business of electronics in the city’s Baitul Mukarram area. With the profit from his sales, he began to import different goods from Singapore in luggage.

“My brother had a clothes store at Nayapaltan Super Market. He used to import shirts and pants from Thailand, Singapore and Dubai,” Jewel said.

When Arman was settled in Dhaka, he brought his two brothers and parents from Feni to Dhaka and involved them in his store.

But due to his gambling problem, he started losing money and was forced to sell the store and send the family members back to the village. Arman was the second among six siblings.

His father Munshi Rafiqul Islam was a member of local union parishad for a long time.

While travelling to Thailand and Singapore frequently to buy the goods, he came to know about casinos.

In mid 2000s, during the BNP-led government, he got entrance into the clubs in Motijheel.

Since he had friends in the area and had experience in gambling, he became very popular in different gambling circles very soon.

In 2008, when the Awami League-led government took office, he became close to the Jubo League leaders. Through his gambling skills, he became close to Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat who was also a gambler.

When Samrat became the president of Dhaka South unit Jubo League on July 14, 2012, Arman became the vice-president.

Sources close to the circles, said he taught Samrat about running casinos. Since Samrat virtually controlled everything in the area, they started the business. Arman worked as the expert and accountant of Samrat.

When Samrat started investing in film industry, Arman looked after that business as well.

Arman also established a production company named Desh Bangla Multimedia. On August 12 this year, it released a Tk 3 crore film named “Moner Moto Manush Pailam Na”.

The company is currently producing its second film titled “Agun”.

He used to live with his wife and children in a rented flat in Mirpur.

“We do not know much about his business. We were scared of him and… never asked him anything about his business,” Jewel said.

Arman was very loyal to Samrat and that’s why when the latter went into hiding, Arman accompanied him, said people close to the circle.

They were arrested by Rab early Sunday in Cumilla.

Both of them were expelled from Jubo League several hours after the arrest.

He was sent to Cumilla Central jail on Sunday night. A mobile court of Rab sentenced him to six months in jail after he was found drunk during the arrest.

Rab also filed a narcotics case against Arman on charges of possessing 140 yaba pills.

Our Correspondent in Cumilla contributed to this report.

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