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Ex-bandits fearing police harassment seek intervention of home minister

  • Published at 12:50 am May 24th, 2018
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58 ex-bandits were given cheques of Tk1 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s Welfare Fund

Ex-bandits want the home minister to intervene, fearing police harassment.

Former leader of a bandit group, Liton alias Faruk, in an event organized by Rapid Action Batillion 6 (RAB) said they are in fear of police harassment after they return to regular civilian life.

Liton spoke directly to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at the official surrendering of 57 bandits of six different groups Wednesday.

He is from Kalabagi of Dacope upazila in Khulna. Liton, in hopes of returning to normal life, surrendered to the authorities with his men.

While receiving a cheque of Tk1 lakh from the home minister, Liton demanded an immediate end to police harassment and the speedy disposal of their cases.

Meanwhile, 58 ex-bandits were given cheques of Tk1 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s Welfare Fund.

Liton said, even if they are talking about normal life, they don't have the right  atmosphere due to the police. 

“The money the prime minister gave will be of no use, after we go home. The police will come and ask for bribes anyway,” said Liton.

Liton said: “A criminal will always remain a criminal to the police.”

Not only Liton, but other bandits who have surrendered also said the same thing. There is panic among the former robbers and their families now.

58 firearms and 1,228 rounds of bullets were officially surrendered by the bandits of six groups.

The former robbers want to return to normal life and live like ordinary people.

The robbers said if the police harassment is stopped and more than financial assistance is given, like the withdrawal of cases, it will be easier for them to live their lives.

At the ceremony, the head of the Dada Bhai Group, Joynal Abedin alias Rajan alias Dada Bhai, said: "We want to live a normal life with our families. We left the jungle life of the Sundarbans and surrendered for that.”

“But as the cases are not withdrawn, the police harasses us. As a result, our family members are living in a constant state of fear,” he added.

Joynal further said: “If such harassment is not stopped, then we will be forced to return to our previous life.”

Second-in-command of  Dada Bhai Group, Zakir Howlader, said: “Bandit life is an uncertain life. There is no security there, that is why we surrendered,”

Majid Group chief, Takbir alias Majid, said: "We surrendered with our arms to  RAB. But the cases against us are being monitored by the police.”

From May 30 of 2015 to date, 274 bandits of 26 groups surrendered with 422 firearms and 19,153 rounds of bullets to RAB. In the last 24 months, 134 bandits were killed in gunfights with RAB.