Fraudster conned out of Tk 100cr in 43 years

Ringleader among five held in city

Staff Correspondent

27 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Rapid Action Battalion-4 (RAB) nabbed five alleged members of a fraud gang, including its ringleader, as the law enforcers swooped on Darus Salam in the capital early on Sunday.

The arrestees are ringleader Barek Sarker alias Barek Hazi, 63, Habibur Rahman, 24, Jakir Hossain, 58, Akhteruzzaman, 28, and Shahriar Tasim, 19.

A foreign-made pistol, a magazine and two rounds of bullets were recovered from their possession, said Commanding Officer of RAB-4 Chowdhury Manjurul Kabir while briefing a group of journalists at RAB media centre in the city on Sunday.

On March 2, the elite force netted 22 other members of the gang from the city.  The information extracted from them led to arrest of the five.

The commanding officer said Barek Sarker, who hails from Daudkandi in Cumilla, departed for Saudi Arabia to seek his fortune at the age of 18. Although he could not make it there, he mastered the art of deception.

Two years after his return from the foreign country, Barek engaged in conning people. 

His well-thought-out action plans brought him “big success” within a short time. Gradually, under the name of RCD, Royal Charter Development, he spread his network in the capital and elsewhere around the country.

Over the last 43 years, he earned about Tk 100 crore, but did not get arrested for a single time.

With the help of the well-decorated offices, the gang members tricked the rich people into walking into their trap.

Being trapped, many invested their hard-earned money, but after a few months, the gang members got away with the money.

Meanwhile, police arrested four suspected members of a gang involved in fraud and abduction from Magura district on Sunday morning, reports UNB.

The arrestees were identified as Sajjad Hossain, 40, Shahinur Rahman Palash, 25, Joy, 20, and Tuhin Mollah, 26.

Md Ibrahim, additional superintendent of Magura police, said the men were arrested for their involvement in abduction and fraud.

"They used to abduct people and take ransom," he said.