RANGPUR: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-13 arrested an allegedly absconding ringleader of an organised gang of cheats from Dhaka on Wednesday night for cheating Taka six crore from over 1,000 common women in Nilphamari district.
“The arrested is Md Mamun Hasan Malik alias Adam Sufi of Domar upazila in Nilphamari,” said a press release issued on Thursday by Media Officer of RAB-13 and Assistant Superintendent of Police Samuel Sangma.Earlier, Mamun took the building of defunct Queens Kindergarten School and launched there an organisation ‘Domar Bazar Bhoggyo Panno Samabaya Samity’ at Domar Bazar targeting to attract common women with profitable offers.
The organisation announced back money spent for purchasing commodities with 10 percent to 30 percent profits to female buyers, aged between 18 and 40 years, who would purchase those from the cooperative society to become its members.
“In the beginning, the society returned money to its few female members with announced profits when many women became its members even selling their last properties,” the release said.
Within six months, the organisation fled the area after closing their office and fetching Taka six crore from more than 1,000 women.
“As the matter came into light through media reporting, some husbands divorced their wives who failed to recover the money. One of the cheated women died following a heart attack,” the release said.
Later, the cheated women and some 100 female workers of the organisation submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Domar upazila on December 20, 2020 in this connection.“Besides, the cheated women filed a case with Domar police station accusing four persons on January 24, 2021 and submitted an allegation to the Nilphamari Company Commander of the Crime Prevention Company-2 of RAB-13.
“After conducting investigation, an operational team of RAB-13 arrested ringleader Mamun with two mobile phone sets, two SIM cards, two NID cards and two diary books from Savar in Dhaka on Wednesday night,” the release said.
During primary interrogation, the arrested person admitted his involvement in the cheating and swindling money from common women.
“Legal actions have been taken against the arrested cheat,” the release said and adding that hectic efforts were on to bring the other absconding members of the organised gang of cheats under the law.