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Woman raped in India: Ringleader, 3 others of trafficking gang remanded

  • Published at 07:49 pm June 2nd, 2021
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On May 27, police in India’s Bengaluru arrested five Bangladeshis – four men and a woman – for allegedly raping and torturing a Bangladeshi woman

A Dhaka court on Wednesday placed four members of a gang, including its ringleader, which has trafficked a large number of young girls to India, on a five-day remand in a case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Begum Yasmin Ara passed the order after Sub-Inspector Md Mohiuddin Faruk of Hatirjheel police station produced them before the court seeking a ten-day remand for interrogation in the case.

The four accused are Ashraful Islam, alias Ashraful Mondal, alias Boss Rafi, the ringleader of the racket, and his three associates – Sahida Begum, alias Madam Sahida, Ismail Sarder, and Abdur Rahman Sheikh, alias Arman Sheikh.

Opposing the remand plea, the defence submitted a petition seeking bail for the accused but the court rejected bail after hearing.

Earlier in the day, police held three alleged human traffickers from Satkhira border, a day after a case was filed by a victim on return from India.

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Md Shahidullah, deputy commissioner of Tejgaon division police, while talking to reporters, said during primary investigation one of the accused confessed to trafficking over 1,000 women to India over the years.

Earlier, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested the four members from Jhenaidah and Jessore on Monday and Tuesday.

RAB said the gang has link to at least 50 local and international human trafficking rackets. Rafi led the racket while TikTok Hridoy, who was arrested in India and sustained bullet injuries to one of his legs, was one of his close associates.

Hridoy attracted young girls to unruly life through TikTok and other social media sites with a promise to make them models and other professionals.

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Later, he enticed them to go to the neighbouring country for making them models and giving jobs in beauty parlours, supper shops, shopping malls and other business houses.

A case was filed with Hatirjheel police station against the accused under the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012 and The Pornography Control Act, 2012.

Bangladesh law enforcers launched a crackdown against human traffickers after the emergence of a video in social media showing a Bangladeshi woman being raped by compatriots in India.

On May 27, police in India’s Bengaluru arrested five Bangladeshis – four men and a woman – for allegedly raping and torturing a Bangladeshi woman.

Rifadul ul Islam alias TikTok Hridoy of Moghbazar area was one of those arrested in India.