Actor Pori Moni a drug addict, producer Raz used to supply contraband: RAB
Dhaka, August 5: A day after arresting renowned actor Pori Moni and producer Nazrul Islam Raz, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said the former is a drug addict and has been so since 2016, while the latter used to supply contraband. Addressing a press conference on Thursday (August 5) Khandaker Al Moin, commander of RAB's legal and media wing, said Pori Moni used to consume LSD and crystal methamphetamine aka ice, which used to supplied by the producer.
Earlier in the day, Khandaker Al Moin said that a drug case was being filed against Pori Moni and a case was being filed against producer Nazrul Islam Raj under the Narcotics and Pornography Act.
The actor was detained by RAB on the basis of specific allegations, follwing a three-hour-long raid on her Banani home on Wednesday afternoon. Drugs were recovered from her residence.
A joint team from RAB headquarters and RAB 1 started the operation at house No. 12 on Lake View 19 / A Road in Banani around 4 pm on Wednesday. The actor started a Facebook Live session from her verified page as soon as she realised it. There, she complained about some people vandalizing her property. Suspecting the men as robbers, Pori Moni also asked help from others during the live session.
During the ongoing session, she spoke on the telephone in a few times. Although they were prevented at first, the RAB members eventually entered the house through the main gate. The actor was still live on Facebook at that time.
At one stage, after confirming their identities as members of the law enforcement force, Pori Moni opened the door and let them in. RAB members entered the house and started the operation in the presence of a magistrate. After seven in the evening, the she was escorted out and taken to the RAB office in a microbus around 8 pm. However, no one from the RAB spoke about the arrest on the spot. Details of the detention will be announced on Thursday, officials said.
Nazrul Islam Raz, producer, actor and Raz Multimedia chief, was arrested and taken to the RAB headquarters after his house was raided by the Rapid Action Battalion on Wednesday (August 4) at 8 pm.
Al Moin had said important information about Raz was found after the arrest of a person named Mishu. On the basis of that information, raids were carried out at Raz's house.
According to RAB officials, alcohol, drug paraphernalia and BDSM and porn making equipment were seized from Raz's house during the operation.
A RAB source said that the raid was carried out at Pori Moni's house following the recent arrest of director of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), and chairperson of Joyjatra IPTV Helena Jahangir, and models Maryam Akhter Mou and Faria Mahbub Piyasa.
Recently, Pori Moni came to limelight after accusing a businessman of attempted rape at a club in Dhaka. Following the filing of the case, some "disorderly" behavior of the actress was also revealed.
Club authorities accused Pori Moni of vandalizing a club in Banani. Although the actor said, unreasonable issues are were being brought to the fore to cover up her allegations.
Pori Moni had alleged that businessman and politician Nasir U Mahmud tried to rape her late at night at the Dhaka Boat Club. This led to Nasir being expelled from the club and eventual arrest. However, he is now out on bail.