The ringleader of an international woman trafficking gang and six of its members have been arrested in a drive in Jashore and Narail districts.
A team of Hatirjheel police arrested Nadi Akhter, 28, the ringleader of the trafficking gang, and six gangsters on Monday.The gangsters are Al Amin Hossain, 28, Saiful Islam, 28, Amirul Islam, 30, Palak Mandal, 26, Tarikul Islam, 26, and Binash Shikder, 33.
Mohammad Shahidullah, deputy commissioner of Tejgaon Crime Division under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), briefed reporters at his office on Mirpur Road in the capital on Tuesday.
The officer said Nadi hailing from Munshiganj has nine other aliases — Ity, Joya Akhter Jannat, Nur Jahan, Priti, Joly and others. She is known to the trafficked women victims as Nadi. Her name is Joya Akhter Jannat in Indian Aadhaar Card and Nurjahan in Bangladeshi passport. She is well known as Joly to the people of the border area of Satkhira while she is known as Priti to the people of the Jashore border area, the officer said.
The police officer also said Nadi can speak in Bengali, Hindi, Arabic, Tamil, Malay and English, so she was involved in trafficking several hundred young girls to many countries, including India.
The gangsters allured young girls of good jobs in India and took them to their safe houses in border areas. After keeping them there for a few days, they were trafficked to India through the illegal channels, he said.
About ringleader Nadi, he said that she was married to a top terror Rajib Hossain in 2005, which was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police in the city in 2015.After that, Nadi engaged herself in trafficking women. She worked as chief coordinator of some women trafficking gangs of India, Malaysia, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the DC, Nadi had close ties with Bangladeshi traffickers arrested by Bangalore police in India on May 27 in connection with the video clip of a 22-year-old woman being tortured and sexually assaulted.
Al Amin was wanted in two drug cases with Sharsha Police Station in Jashore.
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) fired at Al Amin when he was trying to traffic four women to India in 2020.
Saiful has a mobile recharge and mobile banking shop at Panchbhulut Bazar in Sharsha.
He transacted money of the women trafficking through mobile banking sites.
Palak Mandal is an ayurvedic doctor and ran a pharmacy at Sharsha. He used to allure poor young girls of good jobs in India.
He sent the interested women and girls to other members of the trafficking gang.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court on Tuesday placed seven arrestees on four-day remand in connection with a case filed on charges of trafficking women to India and forcing them into sex work.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahmuda Akter passed the order after Investigation Officer Mohammad Mohiuddin Faruk, inspector of Hatirjheel Police Station, produced them before the court with a ten-day remand prayer in the case.