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BDR claims busting human trafficking racket to India

Security forces said they have busted a gang of human traffickers and 'rescued' 34 people who were being sent across to India.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 14:55 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Bangladesh's border forces claim to have busted a gang of human traffickers and "rescued" 34 people who were being sent across to India on the promise of jobs.

Those prevented from crossing the border illegally told police they were offered jobs in different Indian cities including Surat, Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi, Ajmer, Meerut, and Kanpur.

Reports said that 34 persons - three men, 16 women and 15 children - were prevented from being taken to India through Barakuthi Ghat on the Padma river by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel.

BDR also held a trafficker but three of his accomplices managed to escape.

On information, BDR men from the Talaimari outpost raided Barakuthi Ghat and "rescued the people while they were being taken on board a boat."

Police arrested Imanuddin Sheikh of Butakhol of Narail and he confessed to police about human trafficking after he and the rescued were handed over to the Boalia police station.

He said the rescued people, mainly from the Jessore and Khulna regions, had congregated at the Natore railway station a day before and were to be taken to Barakuthi Ghat to be sent to India.

BDR men also recovered from Imanuddin's possession two letters addressed to the fathers of the children.

The letters assured the parents of safety of the children and good jobs for them. The traffickers collected taka 2,000 for each of the people they were trafficking, the letter mentioned.

The victims said many of their relatives had gone to India before with the help of the traffickers arrested by the BDR.

Aslam Iqbal, officer-in-charge of the Boalia police station, said an organized gang has been involved with human trafficking for several years. They lure needy people into seeking jobs in India.

The law enforcement agencies of the Rajshahi region were alerted after police rescued five children and arrested two traffickers from the city's Bara Bangram area, police sources said.

Details of the 34 persons indicated that they were Muslim families with age ranging from three to 35 and hailed from Bangladesh's western districts.

First Published: May 05, 2006 14:46 IST