30 defrauders held in capital

Staff Correspondent

23 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested 30 members of an organised criminal gang from Uttara in the capital on Tuesday.

The criminals have been arrested for their involvement in defrauding common people.

On information, a team of RAB-4 conducted the drives near Uttara Police Station (West) on Tuesday night and arrested them, said Mohammad Sajedul Islam Sajal, senior assistant director (Media Coordinator) of the force.

The law enforcers also seized fake documents and materials used for cheating people, he said.

The criminals were accused in several cases filed with different police stations, he said.

During primary interrogation, the arrestees confessed to their involvement in cheating people. They also described how they used to cheat people.

The criminal gang has offices in different districts in the country. They have amassed “hundreds of crores of taka” from people, luring them with job or business offers, the officer said.

Recently, RAB also arrested 22 members of another criminal gang in drives in Mirpur, Darussalam, Uttara and Rampura areas of the capital. They were committing crimes in different parts in the capital. They used to take money from people giving them false promises of business. The gang took about Tk100crore from people in last 15 years, he said.

A number of offices of the gang have been found in Uttara and Mirpur areas, he said.

The members of the gang targeted retired government officials and employees, businessmen and wealthy persons in towns and villages.

The criminal gang has sub-broker, broker, manager and chairman (chief of office). They work in different stages in the country.

A sub-broker works at field level. She/he targets people by collecting their phone numbers and other information and provide those information to broker. After getting information, the broker contacts the targeted person. The manager allures him/her with attractive offers and sends him/ her to the chairman.

Later, the chairman signs contracts with the targeted persons with promises of giving them lucrative business.

Finally, the targeted persons invest or pay them the money in the hope of getting massive profit within a short period. When the targeted people invest money that they received during retirement in the fake business of the frauds, the gang members disappear.