The group had also conned landowners by promising to set up mobile phone towers
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 4 arrested the leader of a Dhaka-based group of con artists, along with four other associates, on Saturday, and in early morning of Sunday.
Based on information given by 22 other associates of the crime ring, who were arrested previously on March 2, RAB apprehended the ring leader.
The arrested are: Barek Sarkar (leader), 63; Habibur Rahman, 24; Zakir Hossain, 58; Akhtaruzzaman, 28; and Shahriar Tasim, 19.
Chowdhury Monzurul Kabir, commanding officer of RAB 4, informed the media during a press briefing yesterday, that prior to his arrest, Barek Sarkar had stolen over Tk100 crore from numerous victims for the past 43 years.
He said: “These criminals would target the people who are about to retire. They would take the victims to their fake offices in Dhaka, and offer them high posts in exchange of buying shares in the fake companies. However, upon receiving the money, they [suspects] would go into hiding.”
Moreover, they would take money in advance from business persons all over Bangladesh, and promise to provide handloom products. But after receiving payment, they would disappear, claimed RAB.
The law enforcement agency further claimed that the group had also conned landowners by promising to set up mobile phone towers.
Although RAB could not provide an exact figure of how many people have been swindled by the group, they claimed, there are a lot of cases filed against the group with different police stations in Dhaka.