CHITTAGONG, July 13: Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Monday granted five days of remand for M Mehedi who was arrested on Sunday for interrogation in connection with cocaine import through the Chittagong port.
Magistrate Farid Alam issued the order.
Three others had been sent to jail after interrogation in connection with the case. They were Mustafa Kamal, Executive of a developer company, Md Atiqur Rahman, a Commercial Executive who oversees import and export operations of Mondol Group, and Gulam Mustafa Sohel, Manager of Prime Hatchery Limited of the importer Khan Jahan Ali Limited.
Besides, AK Azad, Manager of Corporate Sales and Marketing at COSCO Bangladesh Shipping Lines Ltd, has been sent to jail earlier after interrogation.
Detective Branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested M Mehedi, 30 in connection with cocaine import through Chittagong port on Sunday last from Agrabad.
Mehedi is the brother-in-law of Fazlu Mia living in London and cousin of Gulam Mustafa Sohel who was arrested earlier.
Police suspected Mehedi to be the mediator between London and Chittagong for import of cocaine.
Sub-inspector Osman Gani had filed a case under Narcotics Control Act on June 28 against two persons - importing firm Khan Jahan Ali Ltd's Chairman Nur Mohammad and its employee Gulam Mustafa 'Sohel'. Of the two, Sohel was arrested after seizure of the drug, Nur Mohammad remained absconding.
Detectives suspected one of Kamal's relatives Bakul Mia, who is now living in London, was the mastermind behind the smuggling while an Indian citizen named Raju was also involved.
Earlier, 321 samples taken from 107 drums of suspected cocaine were sent to Armed Forces Food and Drugs laboratory, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) laboratory and Narcotics Control Department laboratory - all located in Dhaka for retesting on July 9, the reports of which are yet to be received by investigating agency Chittagong DB.