• Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:54 pm

RAB arrests 3 members of human trafficking gang

  • Published at 07:15 pm August 16th, 2021
Trafficking
Photo: Bigstock

Members of the syndicate are active in Mirpur, Tejgaon and Gazipur districts

In a drive against human trafficking, RAB has arrested three members of a human trafficking gang from Dhaka, Satkhira and Madaripur districts after wide media coverage of the smuggling of a woman and her teenage daughter to India.

The drive, conducted from Sunday night to Monday morning, came amid reports of a growing number of incidents of people being trafficked after being  lured with jobs abroad, a RAB officer said.

According to RAB, the gang members were involved in the trafficking of a 17-year-old girl last January. They had promised her a job in an Indian parlour. 

Later, the girl's mother was also trafficked.

Both have been rescued and repatriated to Bangladesh.

The arrestees were identified as Kallu Shohagh alias Kallu Nagin Shohag alias Kallu, 40, the ringleader of Kala-Nagin syndicate and son of Matiur Rahman of Madaripur district, Mohammad Shohagh alias Shohagh alias Nagin Shohagh, 32, son of Kabir Hossain of Dhaka's Pallabi area and Billal Hossain, 41, son of Akimuddin Morol of Satkhira district.

After receiving a tip-off, a team of RAB-4 conducted simultaneous drives and arrested the three from Madaripur's Shibchar upazila, Satkhira's Debhata upazila, and the Pallabi area of Dhaka, said ASP Imran Khan of RAB Headquarters (media).

After interrogation, RAB came to know that the syndicate members have long been involved in trafficking women and young girls to India with promises of lucrative jobs.

Around 20-25 members were involved in the gang. Billal used to work as an agent of the syndicate at the bordering Satkhira district, said RAB.

The syndicate members are active in Mirpur, Tejgaon and Gazipur districts.

Cases have been filed by relatives of the victims in Bangladesh at various times. Complaints have also been received from several families who have gone missing at different times.

RAB has intensified surveillance following the complaints.

RAB launched an investigation into the trafficking of women to India following the recent rape and torture of a Bangladeshi woman by fellow Bangladeshis in the neighbouring country.