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Bangladeshi student kidnapped and killed in Malaysia

Update : 06 May 2015, 07:03 PM

At least one Bangladeshi university student was recently killed by kidnappers in Malaysia.

The body of 22-year-old Raisul Hasan Rabbi, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur only a month ago to study at Lincoln University College, was flown back to Dhaka on April 30, as media reports of Bangladeshi expatriates being abducted and buried in mass graves continue to come in from Thailand.

Rabbi, along with his room-mate Omtajul Islam Jim, were abducted on April 18 by eight Bangladeshis living in Malaysia, claimed Rabbi’s family. They said the abductors murdered Rabbi the following day fearing their identities would be exposed.

Jim, however, was able to escape as locals heard his shouts when his abductors left him alone at one point during the ordeal.

Mahmudul Haque Rubel, another room-mate of the kidnapped youths, was behind the abductions and murder, claimed Rabbi’s family.

Rabbi’s sister Era Jahan said she received a call from Rabbi around 8pm on April 18, when her brother only managed to say he had been abducted before the line was disconnected. A minute later, another call came from the abductors, who demanded Tk50 lakh in ransom.

Md Ismail Hossain, Rabbi’s father, said he initially refused to pay the ransom, following which the kidnappers revealed details about their family that only someone close to Rabbi could have known.

Rabbi’s uncle Sobhan Ali Matin, who also lives in Malaysia, told the Dhaka Tribune that the police there have already detained four Bangladeshi nationals including Rubel in connection with the crime.

The other detainees are Shahriar Milon, owner of the flat where Rabbi and Jim lived with Rubel, a person known as Khan Bhai, and another unidentified individual.

“Milon has confessed his involvement in similar prior crimes to the police,” the uncle said.

He also quoted Jim as saying Khan Bhai – who was familiar to Jim – abducted the two from the city’s LRT bus station on the evening of April 18.

Rabbi’s father, meanwhile, said Jim’s father Md Saiful Islam called him on April 19 and said the abductors had also called him to ask for Tk1 crore in ransom. To prove that they were serious about their threat, the kidnappers told Saiful to look for the dead body of Rabbi near Kuala Lumpur’s Shah Alam Kelang Road.

Although the local police at the time had claimed that a body of an elderly person was recovered from the mentioned area, later on April 24 the body was identified to be of Rabbi’s. The autopsy revealed that Rabbi had been strangled.

When contacted, Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Malaysia Shahidul Islam said he knew little about the matter as he was only recently assigned.

He asked that future queries on the matter be forwarded to the High Commission’s First Secretary of the Consular Section MSK Shaheen, who could not be reached over the phone.

Jim’s father Saiful Islam, who is a director of Meghna Bank, did not pick up his phone either. Jim’s younger brother Joy Sakib told the Dhaka Tribune that Jim was still in Malaysia, but refused to comment about the abduction. 

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