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DB finds link of private car drivers with kidnapping gang

  • BD chief alerts car owners to be aware regarding hiring a driver 
  • Drivers of affluent families have been a target for the criminals
  • Criminals give lucrative offers to the drivers to get the work done
Update : 03 Feb 2024, 10:12 PM

Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Detective Branch (DB) chief Additional Commissioner Harun-or-Rashid has said that links between several private car drivers and various kidnapping rings have been found.

The DB chief gave this information while talking to reporters about the abduction of a private university student at his office on Minto Road in the capital on Saturday. 

The private university student Hasibur Rahman Himel, who was kidnapped on his way from Uttara to Sherpur, was  rescued by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on January 24 after being abducted a month earlier.  

A total of 12 people, including the mastermind of the kidnapping gang, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The members of the gang are mostly drivers. The mastermind was Himel’s driver.

This kidnapping case created a huge sensation among the public and they came up with the question of the security of the offspring of wealthy families. 

The elite force in a statement said that Himel's driver, Samidul Islam, provided information to the kidnappers suggesting that a substantial ransom might be secured if Himel was taken hostage.

Reason behind Himel’s abduction 

Samidul, Himel's family's driver for around four years, was well aware of the family's assets and financial situation. 

After his father passed away four months ago, Himel started running the family business.

The kidnappers took this turn of events as an opportunity to abduct Himel and get a significant amount as ransom from his family

As the driver had an ambition to have his own car, he planned to abduct Himel for a substantial ransom. He made a plan with a site engineer named Hanif Baburchi in the Turag area. 

As part of the plan, they kidnapped Himel and hid him at Dhobaura Upazila Chairman Mamun’s residence. 

Himel, along with his driver, left for Sherpur around 9:30am on December 26 for family business purposes.

Himel's mother Tahura Haque filed a general diary with Uttara West Police Station on the same day after she could not reach him over phone.

In the meantime, the kidnappers called from an Indian number and demanded Tk2 crore as ransom from the mother. They also sent her videos of them torturing Himel.

At one stage, the abductors agreed to release him for Tk30 lakh. Meanwhile, his mother sought help from law enforcement agencies. 

Based on information from Himel’s mother, DB Lalbag Branch arrested a suspect named Masud from Shariatpur. Later Masud disclosed information about the kidnapping. 

According to his information, the law enforcement agency rescued Himel and detained other members of the kidnapping gang. 

 

Screengrabber image of victim Hasibur Rahman Himel. Photo: Bangla TribuneAccused Mamun and Hanif confessed to the incident before the court. 

BD chief warns to be careful when hiring a driver 

The DB chief has alerted the owners of the private cars  to be careful while hiring a driver. 

He said that the drivers can easily collect information from the family members and can supply it to criminals. 

The DB chief further said: “The criminals choose a hiding place that is out of law enforcement agencies’ reach. These hilly areas have become easy places for the smugglers.” 

It has been seen that the drivers of affluent families have been a target for criminals seeking information as it is easy for drivers to learn their employers’ schedules. The criminals give lucrative offers to the drivers to get the information, and Himel’s case has gone through the same process, said Harun. 

Detained kidnappers. Photo: Bangla Tribune

About using the border area as a sanctuary for criminals, the DB chief said: “Law enforcement agencies of the border area need to be more alert.”

“As they were ravaging in the hills of Meghalaya, surely there was someone from India who helped them. Investigation is underway,” he said.

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