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Two more band of robbers to surrender today

  • Published at 03:51 pm July 14th, 2016
  • Last updated at 04:28 pm July 14th, 2016

Two more forest robber gangs in Sundarbans reportedly will surrender to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) today.

At least 11 members of the robber gangs ‘Majnu Bahini’ and ‘Iliaz Bahini’ were scheduled to surrender with 27 firearms, ammos and vessels around 3pm at Mongla port, said Commanding Officer of RAB 8 Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Faridul Alam.

Home minister Md Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Director General (DG) of RAB, Benazir Ahmed, would fly to Mongla by helicopter, to attend the event, he said.

Forest department sources said ‘Majnu Bahini’ had long been involved

in extorting ransom after taking fishermen hostage in Satkhira range

area of the Sundarbans while ‘Iliaz Bahini’ used to attack trawlers

in the Sundarbans West Zone and the Bay of Bengal.

On May 31, another gang ‘Master Bahini’ based in the Sundarbans, led

by its gang leader, Mostafa Sheikh alias Kader Master, along with

seven other robbers surrendered to RAB.

According to sources, there are at least 18 robber gangs operating in the Sundarbans, including “Majnu Bahini”, “Sagar Bahini”, “Raju Bahini” and “Jahangir Bahini”.

All the gangs possess modern arms and ammunition, and they collect money from fishermen, honey collectors, and wood cutters.

Each of these gangs has its own area of operations and nobody can enter the Sundarbans without a “token” given by them in lieu of a monthly payment.

At present, the RAB and Bangladesh Coast Guard provide security in and around the Sundarbans.

 

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