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Silent extortion rife in city

Mahabub Alam

20 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Silent extortion rife in city

A gang which is complicit in extorting money from businessmen in the capital city’s Kafrul area is turning more and more violent.

Police have already found implication of the members of the extortion gang in the murder of two businessmen at Ibrahimpur in Kafrul.

They said Bangladeshi expatriate Shahin Shikder living in Canada is allegedly leading the gang from the foreign country.

Police, however, are still in the dark about his home village. Some believe that Shahin hails from Gaurnadi in Barishal while others say that he is from Barguna.

An additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) who wishes to remain anonymous on Tuesday told the daily sun that Shahin was once a cohort of Abbas alias Killer Abbas, one of the most wanted criminals of the city.

“Shahin demands extortion money from businessmen through phone calls. If anyone refuses to pay the money, his (Shahin) accomplices attack them.

“I visited his native village in Gaurnadi. I talked to him over phone, but he denied his involvement in the crimes.”

Khairul Amin, assistant commissioner (Mirpur Zone) of Mirpur Crime Division of DMP, told this correspondent that Shahin sometimes phones people using various mobile numbers.

“We have different information about Shahin. We are yet to collect his photo. We have heard that he is from Barguna. Actually, we are looking into if he is really Shahin Shikder.”

The two businessmen — Mizanur Rahman and Shajahan Rubel — were killed in Ibrahimpur in between October 13 and October 31 in 2018.

The gang members, police said, demanded extortion money from Rubel, 45, owner of Raha Partex, but he refused to pay the money.

Later, they planned to kill him, but mistakenly murdered another businessman Mizanur on October 13.

Afterwards, they could realize that they missed their target and finally killed Rubel on October 31.

Police so far arrested eight people in relation to the murder. Of them, three made confession before the court.

Officer-in-charge of Kafrul Police Station Mohammad Selimuzzamn told the daily sun that he has recently joined the police station, but he has heard of Shahin.

“Shahin calls people from abroad.”