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Couple involved in gold smuggling, money laundering in guise of boutique house

Staff Reporter

Syed Wasikul Haque and his wife Shahrukh Chowdhury Lina have allegedly been committing gold smuggling and money laundering abusing their boutique house.

They smuggle gold from Dubai, import clothes and siphon off crores of taka abroad through the boutique house named Lina’s Thousand Things.

As the law enforcers started investigation, the couple fled the country closing the boutique shop and suspending online operation of the online shop.
It is learnt that the couple used to import clothes made by Pakistan and India via Dubai in a bid to use illegal channels to evade tax.

Sources said airport immigration authorities detained Syed Wasikul Haque along with Omega watch worth Tk 10 lakh, huge gold bars and wine as he returned home from Dubai on February 6.

Although he was released following intervention of various quarter and written undertaking, he provoked a further investigation against him and his wife.

The authorities claimed to have got much information analysing his passport and credit cards.

His wife Chowdhury Lina is PR passport holder of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The couple frequently make movement to and from UAE and smuggle gold and other valuables dodging the revenue.
In 2018, Shahrukh Chowdhury Lina imported gold and other products from Dubai and sent money through hundi, an improper channel of financial transaction. They established Good Looks Garments Trading in UAE. The family members of Lina are hand in glove.

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