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11 abducted fishermen rescued in Bagerhat

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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11 abducted fishermen rescued in Bagerhat

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Police on Wednesday rescued 11 fishermen kidnapped by armed pirates from Sundarbans under Bagerhat district.

They were rescued from the Sharankhola and Chandpai ranges of Sundarbans East Forest Division.

Those who have been rescued are Hanif Howladar (48), Sohail Mallik (28), Asadul Sheikh (32), and  Akram Hossain (42), Anich Sheikh (22), Md. Milan Sheikh (23), Rafiqul Islam  Khan (35), Shukur Ali Bepari (30), Monir Bepari (36), Oli Shikder (48), and Md. Bhakti's dealer (35).

They are residents of Bagerhat's Rampal, Mongla, Morelganj, and Sadar upazilas and Khulna's Batiaghata upazila.

A group of armed pirates kidnapped them while they were catching crabs in the Sundarbans on December 15. The criminal demanded Tk 10,000 from each of the victims for release.

"After six days, we were able to rescue the kidnapped 11 fishermen," said Bagerhat Police Super KM Ariful Haque.

"We are active in this regard. The Prime Minister declared the Sundarbans free from pirates. We will beef up security measures to keep the Sundarbans safe," he said.

All the rescued fishermen are in police custody and in good health, said the police officer.

However, he declined to say anything about the abductors for the sake of the investigation.

According to the fishermen, the pirates are members of "Nayan Bahini."