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Ransom racket active in capital

Kidnaps 500 people in last few years; 5 members arrested

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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Ransom racket active in capital

They lurk around different streets of the capital and its adjoining areas, pounce on their targets and bundle them into their vehicles. They release the victims only after getting a handsome ransom.

A gang kidnapped about 500 people and realised ransom from their families over the last few years, said police.

The matter came to light after detectives arrested five alleged members of the racket from the capital and Narsingdi on Monday.

Detective Branch’s Cyber and Special Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) made the arrest, said DMP Joint Commissioner (DB, North) Harun-Ar-Rashid.

While briefing reporters on Tuesday, he said two toy pistols, two knives, a machete, an iron pipe, six handsets and a pair of pliers were seized from their possession.

 “The gang members in private cars wait at different busy places in the capital and its adjoining areas during office hour every day. They mainly target those who fail to get into buses or other vehicles to reach their destinations,” the DB official said.

“They pick up the targets as passengers. After going a few yards, they tie the victims with rope and carry out torture on them,” he said.

Harun said the gangsters force the victims to contact their family members for a handsome amount of ransom. “After getting the ransom, the criminals drop the victims at their (criminals’) convenient spots,” he added.

Not only that, they sometimes bundle people into their cars at gunpoint, he informed.

The DB official said the arrestees and their cohorts kidnapped about 500 people and realised a big amount of money from their families in ransom in the last few years.

Rustam Khan, an official of Splash Works Water Park Ltd, said he was waiting at Badsha Mia Road at Jatrabari for going to his workplace in Gazaria of Munshiganj on January 25, 2021. “Suddenly, a private car stopped by him around 8:20am. Two people came out of the car. They bundle me into the car at gunpoint. After that, they tied me with rope. They forced me to wear black spectacles whereby I could see nothing,” he said.

“I was beaten with an iron rod mercilessly. Later, they demanded Tk 5 lakh as ransom. They asked me to contact my family members,” said Rustam.

“After that, I contacted my wife and she paid Tk 1 lakh to them through mobile banking system. Finally, they dropped me at a deserted spot in Gazaria in the afternoon of that day,” he said.

The victim later lodged a case with Jatrabari Police Station in this regard.