Twenty five members of Alif Bahini and Kabiraj Bahini, two infamous robber gangs of the Sundarbans, surrendered to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Saturday.
A total of 19 robbers led by Alif Bahini chief Md Arif Mollah and six robbers led by Kabiraj Bahini chief Yusuf Ali along with 31 firearms and 1,110 rounds of bullets surrendered to RAB at Patuakhali Shilpakala Academy in the morning.
The surrendered gang members are Alif Mollah alias Doyal, 42; and his cohorts Rezaul Sheikh alias Chhoto, 28; Md Safinur Rahman Safi, 20; Md Abdullah Al Mamun alias Abdul, 40; Md Hazrat Ali Borkondas alias Jamai Gut, 38; Md Shahinur Alam alias Shahin, 29; Md Jamir Ali Jamu, 46; Md Al Amin Molla, 35; Md Taijel Islam alias Boro Bhai, 27; Md Sirajul Islam alias Suman, 41; Md Alamgir Gazi, 26; Md Kamal Sheikh, 38; Md Hossain Ali alias Bhagne, 28; Md Selim Morol, 39; Md Hazrat Ali Gayen, 39; Md Piar Ali, 37; Liton Bishwas, 32; Habibur Rahman, 27; and Enamul Gazi alias Ena, 35.
On the other hand, Kabiraj Bahini chief Yusuf, 30, surrendered with his associates Md Nazim Sheikh, 38; Md Altab Uddin Fakir, 33; Md Nazim Sheikh, 38; Abu Sheikh, 46; Selim Hawlader, 30; and Md Ashraf Hossain alias Raju, 37.
They submitted 10 single-barrel guns, seven double-barrel guns and four two bore foreign-made air rifles among other weapons.
RAB said Alif formed the group in 1997 and Yusuf in 2012, and had been torturing and extorting the fishermen and local people.
"The persons, linked to militancy and robbery, have no option but to face death if they do not surrender," the minister warned.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is pledge-bound to make the country’s maritime territory free from crimes, including robbery. The RAB is working in line with the directives of the premier,” Kamal added.
RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed, Coast Guard CG Base Camp Commander Bashir Ahmed and Barisal Additional DIG Sheikh Akram Hossain were present as special guests on the occasion.
According to media reports, over 55 robbers of six gangs have surrendered to the law enforcers while six to seven others killed in alleged gunfights with the law enforcers since July last year.
In March, the Border Guard Bangladesh set up the second floating border outpost (BOP) in the Sundarbans to curb human trafficking, smuggling, robbery and trespass in the remote area.