Thursday, 1 June, 2023

Recovery of 3 Bodies in Cox’s Bazar

Kidnappers set fire to bodies to hide evidence: RAB

Kidnappers set fire to bodies to hide evidence: RAB

COX’S BAZAR: Another suspect was arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the recovery of bodies of three friends from a remote hill in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar, reports UNB.

The arrestee is Emrul. With this, two people have been arrested so far in this connection.

was arrested from a remote area of Habibchhara hill, said Lieutenant Colonel Saiful Islam, commander of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-15 at a press conference at the battalion’s office on Thursday noon.

The Rab officer said the three friends- Mohammad Yusuf of Jalalabad Saudagar para area of Eidgaon upazila, Rubel of Chaufaldandi union and Imran of Nuniachara area of Cox’s Bazar city- were going to Teknaf from the district town on April 28 last month to choose a bride.

A group of criminals obstructed the CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them on their way to Teknaf and took them into a deep hill, he said.

Later, the criminals demanded a ransom of Tk 30 lakh and sent a video clip of the torture to the victims’ families, the Rab office said.

As the ransom was not paid as per the demand, they killed the trio and burnt the bodies to hide evidences, he said.

However, the family members of the victims were in touch with the law enforcement agencies. But no one could be rescued alive as the kidnappers repeatedly changed their locations, according to the Rab officer.

Finally, one Syed Hossain alias Sonali Dakat was arrested from Teknaf with the help technology on Tuesday and the bodies of the trio were recovered from the hill on Wednesday noon as per the information given by him, he said, adding that the bodies are now at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

During the primary interrogation, the arrestees confessed that they had long been involved in the kidnapping and used to target well-off people for ransom.

The criminals used to bury the people, who or their families failed to meet their demand, in the hills so that no one could find their bodies, he said.