Organized kidnapping gangs areusing beautiful and glamorousgirls to trap solvent businessmenand other professionals, accordingto law enforcing agencies.
In the name of making love withthe people they target, they earnhuge amounts as ransom. Theyalso blackmail businessmen fordays on end. If demands are notproperly realized, they instigatemale gang members to kill thevictims.
The anti-crime elite force RapidAction Battalion (RAB) onThursday night arrested such agang of kidnappers from Savar,on the city’s outskirts.
They were identified as MdAzizul Hakim, Md Liton Mollah,Kazla Begum, Md Nazrul IslamBabu and Nuru Miah alias NurIslam alias Kaka alias Mollah. RABalso rescued the victim, identifiedas Md Raihan, and seized a privatecar which was used in the kidnap-ping.
According to RAB officers,Raihan was going to Savar in aprivate car of his close friend MdBahar from Kalabagan on thenight of April 12, but at one pointBahar kept Raihan hostage in anunidentified building inAminbazar area. They torturedhim for six days continuously anddemanded Tk 10 lakh from the victim’s family after making them hearsounds of his cries. They also threat-ened to kill him unless their demandwas met.
At one stage of the bargaining, thevictim’s family members fixed Tk 5lakh for the release of Raihan. Thekidnappers first told the victim’sfamily to keep Tk one lakh at a secretplace under Mirpur Model PoliceStation on April 15.
Accordingly, Robiul Islam Muradand Hasan, two relatives of the victimkept Tk 1 lakh at the place. Thekidnapers took away the money fromthe place.
RAB informed the media thatabsconding kidnapper Farid came tothe place and took away the money,but the group continued threateningto pay the remaining Tk 4 lakh.
At one stage, RAB started workingon the incident. A RAB team raidedAmin Bazar area on April 17 andrescued victim Raihan. RAB alsoarrested the five kidnappers andseized a private car from their posses-sion. The arrested kidnappers, duringprimary interrogation disclosed thenames of absconding accused MdFarid Uddin and Md Bahar.
They also disclosed that the ganghad kidnapped several businessmen,employees and other professionals inlast ten years using different tech-niques. One of their most appliedmethods of kidnapping was pickingup victims under the guise ofpassenger-carrying private cars.
They pick up passengers waitingfor transports during the night. Somekidnappers, who hide inside theprivate cars in the guise of passen- gers, take the victims to secret placesforcibly and torture them for ransom.Another method is using beautiful,glamorous young girls to trap themale victims.
They first open a fake Facebookaccount and send friend requests tothe targeted persons. They later collectmobile numbers also. At one stage,they start engaging in online love withtheir targeted victims through chat-ting and video calling using differentmobile apps.
When the victims fall into thetrap of the females, the ladykidnappers take the targeted mento secret hideouts in the name ofmaking love. When the victimsreach the places, some otherkidnapers make them hostages,and thus earn ransom by torturingthem indiscriminately.