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e-Orange patron Sohel Rana detained at Indo-Nepal border

Banani Police Inspector Sohel Rana, an alleged patron of e-commerce company e-Orange has been arrested from the Indo-Nepal border.

Dhaka — Banani Police Inspector (Investigation) Sohel Rana, an alleged patron of e-commerce company e-Orange has been arrested from the Indo-Nepal border area on charges of embezzling customer money.

On Friday, members of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) detained him from the Changrabandha border in West Bengal’s Kochbihar district.

According to an Indian media report on Saturday, the BSF arrested a Bangladeshi named Sohel Rana from the Changrabandha border in Kochbihar district on Friday on charges of entering India illegally.

He was later questioned, while he gave several sensational information. The Indian Border Security Force (IBSF) said foreign passports, multiple mobile phones, and ATM cards were seized from him during the detention.

He may be handed over to Mekhliganj police on Saturday, the BSF said. Banani Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Noor Azam Mia said: “Sohel Rana was on duty till Thursday night. After that he did not come to the police station. We do not know where he is now”.

Sohel Rana, who was arrested by BSF, is the patron of e-Orange, a well-known e-commerce company that has embezzled crores of rupees from its customers. He was working in Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

The sister and brother-in-law of this police inspector of Banani police station used to run e-commerce company ‘E-Orange’.

On August 17, a customer filed a case against e-Orange for not getting the product for months Taherul Islam. At that time, 37 other victims of cheating were present with him.

The case was filed alleging embezzlement of Tk1,100 crore from the customer. The accused are Sonia Mehjabin, owner of e-Orange, her husband Masukur Rahman, Amanullah, Bithi Akter, Kauser Ahmed, and Banani police inspector Sohail Rana.

From the beginning, he has been denying allegations of his involvement with e-Orange. However, the name of Sohel Rana as the director can be seen in the TIN certificate taken to open the company called Orange Bangladesh.

He is also accused of withdrawing Tk2.5 crore from the company at different times. During preliminary interrogation, Sohel Rana admitted his involvement in multiple criminal activities, BSF officials said.

According to the Indian media, Sohel Rana may have entered India with the intention of covering his body. However, the BSF has started questioning Sohel Rana to know the details.

High-ranking officials, including BSF’s Jalpaiguri sector DIG Sanjay Panth, reached Changrabandha on Saturday.

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