Five Bangladeshi members of a tri-nation human trafficking gang were involved in trafficking 26 fortune seekers to Sri Lanka and holding them hostage in a jungle there in the name of sending them to Europe, according to a charge sheet filed by the CID before a court.
Shah Newaz alias Shoeb, who is the ringleader of the gang, Habibur Rahman, Mamun-Or-Rashid, Jamal Hossain and Nahidul Islam Palash committed the crime. They have along been trafficking Bangladeshis abroad.
On January 6 last, victim Ahsan Habib of Brahmanbaria filed a case against Habib, Mamun, Jamal, Palash and Sumon with Uttara East Police Station, alleging that the accused tactfully trafficked him to Sri Lanka and held him hostage there in the name of sending him to Malta in Europe.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested the six from the Uttara on that day.
The Daily Sun published a report on February 14 stating that Shah Newaz alias Shoeb alias Rajin, 52, son of late Shaheed Master of Waruk at Shibpur in Nabinagar of Brahmanbaria, was the ringleader of the syndicate.
Inspector Rezaul Karim of CID Dhaka Metro West unit investigated the allegation in connection with the case and found the involvement of Shah Newaz along with Habib, Mamun, Jamal and Palash in trafficking Bangladeshis abroad.
He submitted the charge sheet before a Dhaka court recently and sought a warrant for the arrest of Shah Newaz as he went into hiding.
About arresting the kingpin, he said they tried their best to nab him, but failed. About the gang members in India and Sri Lanka, he said they did not identify them in the two foreign countries.
According to the charge sheet, Ahsan Habib, son of late Abdur Rob of Hatura Bari of Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria, got acquainted with Mamun in the capital in 2018. Mamun proposed sending him to Malta for Tk 12 lakh. Ahsan gave Tk 5.8 lakh to Mamun in the first installment. After a week, he paid Tk 2.2 more lakh to Mamun.
Later, the accused took Ahsan to Kamalapur in the capital and took him to Benapole in Jashore. He was then sent to Kolkata and then to Hyderabad where he along with 19 other fortune seekers were kept in a room of a house.
The human traffickers carried out inhume torture on them and like others Ahsan paid the rest of the money, Tk 4 lakh, to the traffickers. Afterwards, all of them were taken to a jungle of Sri Lanka by a trawler. After reaching the jungle, six more fortune seekers were found there.
After staying in the jungle for three days, Ahsan managed to flee and narrated everything to a Sri Lankan man who helped him return to Bangladesh.
As per the charge sheet, the aforementioned accused, led by Shah Newaz, took Tk 27.03 lakh from six other fortune seekers, including Al Amin, but they were not sent abroad.
When contacted, Ahsan and Al Amin said the accused lodged a false robbery case against them with Dakkhinkhan Police Station in the capital. And police submitted a charge sheet against them. Ahsan was arrested in the case. He later came out of jail on bail.