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23 girls rescued from traffickers

Two ringleaders, nine gangsters arrested in Dhaka, Chuadanga

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has rescued 23 young women from two ‘safe houses’ of human trafficking gangs during separate raids in Dhaka and Chuadanga from Friday to early Saturday.

The elite force also arrested Kamrul Islam alias Jalil alias DJ Kamrul alias Dance Kamrul, another ringleader Rana and nine of their associates, said Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director (legal and media wing) of RAB headquarters, at a press briefing at Mirpur in the capital on Saturday.

RAB said the young women were kept in those houses for trafficking to neighbouring and Middle East countries.

DJ Kamrul-led gang trafficked around 100 young girls to the neighbouring country for sexual exploitation in the last three years while Rana-led gang trafficked around 50 women to the Middle East in the last five to seven years, RAB said in the press conference.

All the victims were allured of better jobs in the countries they were being trafficked,  Commander Khandaker Al Moin said.

Other arrestees are Ripon Molla, Asaduzzaman Selim and Naimur Rahman alias Shamim of DJ Kamrul-led gang; Abul Bashar, Al Imran, Moniruzzaman, Shahid Shikder, Promod Chandra Das and Tokon belonging to the Rana-led gang.

The elite force also seized 53 passports, 20 mobile sets, eight bottles of foreign wine, 23 cans of beer, two motorcycles, a laptop, a computer, Tk 91,040 in cash during the raids.

RAB said that DJ Kamrul, who hails from Cumilla, came to the capital and pulled rickshaws in Badda area in 2001. He then took a job as a van driver of a company in 2016. After that, he worked in some films and dramas and made acquaintance with some actors, actresses and others.

He then began working as an extra dancer in films and founded DJ Kamrul Dance Kingdom at Hatirjheel in 2019 and formed a gang of 15-20 members. Using the dance club, he began trafficking young girls by alluring them of dancing careers and good jobs in the neighbouring country, RAB said.

Rana established his gang of 10-12 members over the last five to seven years. He allured young women of good jobs in the Middle East and trafficked them.

RAB said that both the groups had safe homes at Uttara, Dakshinkhan, Khilkhet, Pallabi, Darus Salam, Tejgaon, Ramna, Motijheel and Sadarghat in the capital and some other areas outside the capital.

The 23 victims were handed over to their family members. 

After the press briefing, the father of a trafficking victim told reporters that he lodged a general diary against DJ Kamrul with Badda Police Station, but police did not take any action against him.