Shamsul, Sharun making fortune using Ctg Abahani
As a tool of making money Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Haque Chowdhury Sharun are using Chattogram Abahani Club. They are making huge amount through running casino from the club, human trafficking, embezzling funds and renting out its field by hosting different events. As a general secretary of the club Shamsul made his son Sharun one of its directors to ease the way of amassing illegal wealth, said sources.
Ignoring opinions of other members of the executive committee the whip also runs the club at his will and takes decision unilaterally. The misdeeds came to light after the countrywide drive was launched against gambling at different clubs in 2019. Awami League leaders are in an embarrassing situation with His speech backing the gambling activities.
Asked about casinos at various sporting clubs, Shamsul told journalists at the Chattogram Circuit House in September 2019 that there are 12 sporting clubs across the city and those take part in the Premier League. “Does the administration pay salary of players of those clubs? Does the government pay them? No. So, the clubs have to be provided with the chances,” he had said. Whip’s son Sharun basically ran the casino business using his father’s influence.
Sources said Awami League leader Didarul Alam Chowdhury called the first meeting to form Chattogram Abahani Krira Chakra in 1980 and served as its general secretary for long. Shamsul sneaked into the club as general secretary in 1998 and started using it for personal gains in different ways. Huge money through human trafficking he made under the name of playing club football in London in 2002.In guise of players and he helped his son a number of people to reach London as a player of Abahani Club at that time. At home and abroad the incident defamed the renowned club and hit headlines across the country at that time.
A committee formed in this connection also recommended suspension of Shamsul from the post. But, he overcame the issue with the backing of a BNP leader and admitting his wrongdoings. In another move, Shamsul turned the club into a limited company despite protest by other executive members. Then he collected Tk 2.5 lakh from each of the directors and deposited the money in unauthorised Merchant Cooperative Bank and later embezzled the amount in connivance with his bodyguard Abdul Hannan Rana. Then Club Chairman Nurul Islam BSc called a meeting for the balance statement after getting the information. But, Shamsul misbehaved with the chairman after failing to provide the statement. It compelled Nurul to step down from the post.
For a brisk business, the whip started running casino at the club. His son Sharun supervised the activities. Local musclemen Dighal and Mohiuddin were used for collecting, distributing and depositing the money. Founding General Secretary of the Club and Awami League leader Didarul Alam said Shamsul and Sharun earned every day Tk 6 lakh from gambling at the club. In bank account of Shamsul and his close relatives they used to spend Tk 1 lakh as maintenance cost and deposit Tk 5 lakh, he said. Following his controversial casino statement in a Facebook post in 2019, police Inspector Mahmud Saiful Amin claimed that whip’s net income stands at around Tk 180 crore from gambling in the clubs of Chattogram.
But, the inspector was suspended from the job for such a comment in the social media, said the sources. Didarul also brought allegations for lack of transparency regarding the income and expenditure of the club, running illegal activities, not auditing the balance by any renowned audit farm, appointing whip’s close relatives, including son, to different important posts, changing logo of Abahani set by its founder Sheikh Kamal, looting the fund of Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup and selling tickets at high price among others and of not holding general meeting.
Didarul demanded a neutral probe and exemplary punishment for the wrongdoings accordingly against Shamsul and his son. In 2019 Sharun misbehaved and threatened with Didarul.