Sikder Group MD, brother sued for threatening Exim Bank top officials

The authorities of Exim Bank filed a case with Gulshan police station accusing Sikder Group managing director Ron Haque Sikder and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder of ‘abducting and threatening’ two top officials of the bank.

Rafiqul Islam, assistant commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Gulshan Zone, said that they had recorded the case on May 19 against the two brothers.

In the case statement, it was alleged that Sikder Group MD and his brother abducted, tortured and threatened Exim Bank managing director Md Haider Ali Mia and additional managing director Md Firoz Hossain on May 7 as they went to visit Sikder Group properties pledged as security for a loan.

Rafiqul Islam said they were investigating the allegations and none of the accused was arrested so far.

According to police, it was stated in the case record that Exim Bank officials were taken to Rupganj and Purbachal to assess the assets pledged for collateral against a loan of Tk 500 crore.

Since the bank officials refused to evaluate the assets proposed for mortgage as desired by Sikder Group,   Haider Ali Mia was shot at a location in Purbachal area but he escaped unhurt, the case statement said.

The police officials said that the plaintiff alleged that both the bank officials were later forcibly taken to a residence in Dhaka’s Banani area where they were threatened and tortured and later released in the evening after taking their signatures on a blank sheet of paper in presence of the two brothers accused in the case.

None from the bank or Sikder Group was available for any comments.

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