There is no respite in the Casino Crackdown in Bangladesh. The South Asian Country is wreaking havoc on the illegal casino establishments and now it has extended to the realm of Online Gambling. To facilitate the same, the Police shuffled major personnel from the unit which is taking action on the Casino and Online Gambling. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is undertaking all the actions. However, seven officers-in-charge have been shifted to different units out of 50. The report says that there are officers who were protecting the underground casino operators, hence the move was made. The crackdown can even change the landscape of politics in the country. The youth wing leaders of the Awami League have been identified as responsible for the installation of the casinos across Dhaka and other major cities, reported local media.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has already launched a probe to determine all the illegal gambling operations. The ACC has also said that no person irrespective of the affiliation to any political party is safe under this probe and crackdown. National Board of Revenue (NBR) has also identified a major legal loophole that allowed the import of the gambling equipment. Any Casino and Gambling is illegal in Bangladesh and all the import of casino tables, slot tables, and all other tools are illegally imported. The documentation is being traced to identify the culprits behind the act and trade.
The authorities have even traced back on the decision of four exclusive tourist zones. The government officials previously said that these zones would be exclusively available for foreign passport holders. However, considering the religious affiliation of the country, the officials have pushed back the idea.
In the process of the crackdown, RAB has nabbed an alleged kingpin of Online Gambling. Salim Prodhan was trying to flee the country to Thailand. However, it is still not sure what role Salim had in the alleged underground casinos’ operations in Dhaka. He is also the owner of Prodhan Group which is a conglomerate in Bangladesh. The group of companies also includes P24 Gaming that includes B2B Live Casino Solutions. It also started B2C Site p24-gaming.com. However, since then the site has gone offline. The Facebook page is still online for the website. The Facebook page also claims that it is the first company to be licensed in the United Kingdom.
It has been revealed that P24 has 150 B2B clients. The page claims that Tier I clients and land-based casinos are clients of P24. It also indicates that the P24 is somewhat related to European live dealers, Evolution Gaming. The local media reported that Salim Prodhan is facing charges of money laundering and many other charges. Salim has reportedly a North Korean partner known as ‘Doo’. Doo has allegedly convinced Salim to launch the websites. Salim is, however, helping the authorities.
RAB said that Salim Prodhan had three bank accounts and the range of deposits is around BTK90m or $1.07m per month. The Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit has frozen all the bank accounts unless the probe is completed.