The accused are: Manik Chand, Ratan Hossain, Ismail Hossain, SM Alauddin Al Mamud, Md Shariful Islam, and Somrat Mollik
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Sunday arrested six people accused of conning people out of money and then counter suing the victims when they filed a case against them.
RAB 4 produced the six people in front of the media at a press briefing held on Monday in Dhaka.
The accused are: Manik Chand, Ratan Hossain, Ismail Hossain, SM Alauddin Al Mamud, Md Shariful Islam, and Somrat Mollik.
Chowdhury Monzurul Karim, director (commanding officer) of RAB 4, said: “Manik demanded Tk10–15 lakhs per recruitment and asked for some money in advance. They would take blank checks and the victim’s signature on a blank stamp paper for the rest of the payment, and then handing over the recruitment papers.”
However, when the victims would go to join their new jobs, they would come to know that they had been defrauded.
When victims filed cases against the suspects, the accused would counter sue the victims. They would then produce signed stamp papers which read it was the victim who had borrowed the money from the accused con men, said RAB.
RAB says this is a new method deception and that the swindlers stole at least Tk3 crore from 30 job aspirants.
RAB also seized admission and recruitment forms of the army, navy, and police, fake seals, blank checks, education certificates, mobile phones, and application forms of various government organizations during the drive conducted in Dhaka's Mirpur and Khilkhet.
Law enforcement said Manik Chand, one of the con men, was a law student who graduated from Dhaka University.
Monzurul Karim said the criminals would offer jobs in the army, police, Petrobangla, Power Development Board [PDB], and other government offices.
He added: “Manik would rent an expensive car and go to villages where he introduced himself as a magistrate. He would invite people to his office in Rupnagar, Mirpur, and promised to offer them government jobs for a fee.”
They have been running these scams for the last 2 to 3 years, RAB stated.