Bangladesh

Mobile court sentences Erfan Selim, bodyguard to 1 year in jail

Erfan Selim, son of Awami League leader and MP Haji Selim, and his bodyguard Zahidur Rahman have been sentenced to one year in jail for possessing illegal alcohol and walkie-talkies.

A mobile court of Rab handed down the sentence after recovery of illegal alcohol and walkie-talkies during a drive at the residence of Erfan Selim earlier today, Lt Col Ashiq Billah, director of Rapid Action Battalion's legal and media wing, said at a press conference.

Erfan was sentenced to six months' jail in connection with recovery of illegal alcohol and another six months for possessing illegal walkie-talkies. His bodyguard Zahidur Rahman was also sentenced to same terms for the same charges, he also said.

Earlier, Rab members recovered illegal weapons, alcohol, walkie-talkie and handcuffs from the home of Erfan Selim.

The elite force conducted a drive at Haji Selim's house on Devdas Lane in Old Dhaka this afternoon after Erfan and his accomplices beat up a navy officer.

During the drive, 38 walkie-talkies, five virtual private servers (VPS), one briefcase with handcuffs, one single barrel gun, one loaded foreign-made pistol, 12 cans of beer and eight bottles of alcohol were recovered, said Rab Executive Magistrate Sarwoer Alam, who led the drive.

The VPS machines are connected with repeaters with which one can talk on a network of 5-10km without being tracked, he said.

The handcuffs are usually used by the SSF, he added.

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