6 kidnappers held in city

Staff Correspondent

1 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Detective police have arrested six members of a kidnapping gang, who used to abduct people tactfully for a huge ransom, in Dakkhinkhan area of the capital.

The kidnappers -- Sadekul Islam, Moham-mad Ifran, Mohammad Ali Rifat, Kutud Uddin, Masum Rana and Golam Rabbi – were hunted down on Saturday.

A pistol, a magazine, a knife, a motorcycle and a mobile phone set were seized from their possession.

AKM Hafiz Akhter, additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), disclosed the information at the

DMP media centre on Sunday.

The six members of a kidnapping gang used to abduct people in various ways and snapped their objectionable photos and videos with their female members, he said.

He further said the gangsters demand huge ransoms from the kidnapped persons’ families. After getting the money, they release the victims. The criminals also threaten that the objectionable photos would be released on social media if they disclose the matter.

According to the DB officer, one Anwarul Islam was awaiting a bus at Uttara House Building in the capital on the night of November 29 last year.

A microbus stopped near him at about 9:15pm. Four to five persons in the microbus called the man and tactfully picked him inside it and moved to an unknown place.

Later, they snapped some objectionable photos of Anwarul with a woman. Afterwards, they took a ransom of Tk 3.34 lakh from his wife and elder brother.

After taking the money, the man was put near Laid Hospital at Uttara. Later, he lodged a case with Uttara East Police Station. The DB held them over the case.

On January 13 this year, the members of the same racket abducted Mihir Roy, owner of restaurant ‘Food Story’ in Uttara. One of its members came to ‘Food Story’ and ate food on the day. After eating, he praised its quality and standard and asked Mihir that he would give an order of 80 packets of food.

The man tactfully took Mihir to a house at Dakshinkhan and held him hostage and demanded a ransom of Tk 20 lakh from his wife. Objectionable photos of the businessman and a girl were also taken.

Mihir’s wife gave Tk 2.91 lakh to the abductor through bKash. On January 18, detectives rescued the businessman and arrested two abductors -- Mohammad Mirza and Bristi -- from the house.

AKM Hafiz Akhter said they have so far received complaints of four men who were abducted and huge amounts of money were taken from their family members.