Evaly’s office remains closed
The office of the controversial Evaly e-commerce platform will remain closed until further notice as aggrieved customers and sellers continue to flock to the premises to demand their merchandise or refund.
“The office will reopen with authorization after the completion of the investigation by the authorities,” read a poster hanging at the entrance to Evaly’s headquarters on Dhanmondi 14 road.
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However, Evaly, in a post on her official Facebook page, wrote that her employees will be working from home until further notice.
All Evaly activities will continue as usual under the arrangement, he said.
The cell phone of the company’s vice president, Mahdi Chowdhury, was found switched off when the correspondent tried to contact him.
Another notice was posted on their Facebook page on Friday, stating that Evaly’s normal delivery activities were being delayed in the absence of Managing Director Mohammad Rassel and President Shamima Nasrin.
The two men were arrested the day before by the Rapid Action Battalion for embezzling hundreds of taka crores. They were remanded in custody for three days each on Friday.
“In the absence of our two main signatories – the honorable CEO and the president – we are unable to pay the regular invoices of our sellers,” the notice reads, adding that all orders placed for the T10 campaign on their website will be recorded. as “requests” from Saturday.
Meanwhile, many clients were seen flocking to the office for their belongings and money yesterday.
Masood Parvez, a driver by profession, said he ordered a motorcycle worth Tk 1.16 lakh in January.
The bike had to be delivered within three months. But until yesterday, he received neither the motorcycle nor a refund, he said.
“It was my hard-earned money. It was a poor man’s money. If I don’t get it back, it will be a great loss,” Masood said.
Many have demanded that the government take action to reimburse their money even though the CEO and President have to be released for it.
Later that evening, a group of vendors and customers staged a protest outside Evaly’s headquarters to demand the release of Rassel and his wife Nasrin.
They urged the government to release the two so that Evaly can run the business and reimburse the amount they owe customers and vendors.
When contacted, Newton Das, Gulshan’s deputy police commissioner, said they were questioning the CEO and chairman of Evaly and wanted to know where all the money had gone.
They then asked them about the creation of the company, its trade policy, its obligations to customers and sellers and whether they had siphoned off any money, Das added.
Tough action will be taken against e-commerce companies like Evaly and Eorange, AKM Hafiz Akhter, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Supplementary Commissioner (DB), said at a press briefing yesterday.
“There are many organizations involved in fraudulent activity like Evaly and E-orange. They are involved in deceiving customers through below-market offers. Investigations are ongoing and action will be taken upon investigation. “, he added.
DHAMAKA SHOPPING SELLERS WARN OF LEGAL ACTION
Meanwhile, aggrieved merchants from another controversial e-commerce platform, Dhamaka Shopping, have warned of legal action if their dues amounting to around Tk 200 crore are not paid sooner rather than later.
As per the agreement with Invariant Telecom Bangladesh, the parent company of Dhamaka Shopping, sellers were expected to receive their payment within 10 business days of delivery of the merchandise.
“But unfortunately, those 10 days have now become 160 working days,” Jahangir Alam Emon, president of the Dhamakashopping.com Sellers Association, said at a press conference at the Dhaka Journalists Unit.
No less than 650 entrepreneurs had supplied 2,000 types of products to the e-commerce platform created in November last year modeled on Evaly: offering implausible discounts on products with prepayment and advertising massive.
Dhamaka Shopping hit rough waters in July after a deluge of customer complaints about undelivered goods to the National Consumer Rights Protection Directorate.
This led to an investigation into the company by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police.
Dhamaka customers have yet to receive products worth Tk 100 crore, according to Emon.
In its preliminary investigation, the CID found evidence of Tk 50 crore money laundering by senior officials in Dhamaka and asked the Bangladesh Bank to freeze their bank accounts.
Meanwhile, several banks and mobile financial service provider bKash have severed their payment gateway with Dhamaka in an attempt to protect their customers.
Then, on September 9, the CID sued Dhamaka Shopping General Manager Jasim Uddin Chisti, his wife, their children, a company director and four other organizations for money laundering of approximately Tk 117 crore.
Despite repeated requests, authorities at Dhamaka Shopping do not cooperate with the sellers, Emon said.
“As young traders and SMEs, we have run our business by borrowing money from relatives and banks. Now we are on the verge of bankruptcy,” said Baharul Alam, deputy general secretary of the platform.
Between July and September, traders sought help from various ministries and the central bank to collect their contributions.
“But the efforts were in vain,” said Alam, also the forum’s vice-chairman.
The government should take the necessary steps to reimburse dues to sellers and provide goods to customers.
“If the problem is not resolved, we will take legal action,” he added.