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500 fortune seekers trafficked to Dubai in seven years

Eight traffickers arrested

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested eight members of a human trafficking gang that trafficked about 500 fortune seekers to Dubai in the last seven years.

A team of RAB-3 arrested them from Turag, Uttara, Ramna and Paltan in Dhaka and Kasba in Brahmanbaria on Saturday, said Lt Col Rakibul Hasan, commanding officer (CO) of the elite force, at a press briefing on Saturday.

The arrestees are Nayeem alias Lotus, 31, Nure Alam Shahriar, 32, Rimon Sarkar, 25, Golam Mostafa Sumon, 40, Badrul Islam, 37, Kharshed Alam, 28, Mohammad Sohel, 27 and Mohammad Habib, 39.

The team also seized 14 passports, 14 fake BMET cards and five fake stamps from them, said the officer.

Some fortune seekers complained to RAB-3 that they gave their passports to the accused for jobs in Dubai. When they went to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) for flying to the Dubai, the officials concerned of the airport did not allow them to go, as their BMET cards were fake, the officer said.

Later, the victims contacted the accused and wanted to know the fact, but they (accused) did not answer satisfactorily. Later the victims lodged complaint with the RAB office.

During preliminary investigation and interrogation, the elicit force came to know that Lotus was the ringleader of the human trafficking gang. He hailed from Mirkumuli of Kortia under Delduar upazila in Tangail district. He went to Dubai in 2012, the officer said.

“A few years ago, the Dubai government officially stopped hiring workers from Bangladesh. As there is a demand for Bangladeshi workers in the country, some business firms gave work permits to those Bangladeshis who went there on tourist visas,” he said. “Taking advantage of the situation, Lotus allured the people of jobs in Dubai. His gang sent at least 500 people abroad in the last seven years. Most of them are now leading miserable lives there,” he said.

Lotus earned a huge amount of money doing this illegal business, he added.