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Bangladeshi killing in Libya: 2 more human traffickers held in Gopalganj

During preliminary interrogation, the duo confessed to extorting ransom from families here in Bangladesh after the victims were held hostage by their ring leaders in Libya

Update : 04 Jun 2020, 01:30 PM

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Gopalganj has arrested two people in connection with their suspected involvement in the trafficking of some of the 26 Bangladeshis who were killed in Libya on May 28.

The arrestees identified as Sentu Shikder, 45, and Nargis Begum, 40, are residents of Lohair village in Muksudpur upazila.

RAB conducted two separate drives in the upazila and arrested the suspects at 10pm on Wednesday night, said a press release issued by Madaripur RAB camp on Thursday.

The arrests are the latest in the ongoing investigations following the murder of 26 Bangladeshis in Libya by human traffickers.

The arrestees were handed over to Muksudpur police station on Thursday. A case is being prepared for filing, under The Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012, added the release.

During preliminary interrogation, the duo confessed to extorting ransom from families here in Bangladesh after the victims were held hostage by their ring leaders in Libya. 

RAB 8 Additional Superintendent of Police Md Tazul Islam said: “The arrestees said they sent Sujon Mridha and Omar Shiekh of Muksudpur, and Kamrul Sheikh of Faridpur to Libya and were also involved in their abduction.”

On May 28, a total of 26 Bangladeshi migrants were shot and killed by human trafficking gangs in Libya.

Among them, Sujon Mridha was one of the murdered victims. Meanwhile, Omar Sheikh was critically injured and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Tripoli.  

Following the incident, Sujon Mridha’s father Kabul Mridha filed a case against the human traffickers with Muksudpur police station on Monday. Later on Wednesday, RAB conducted drives and arrested the suspects.

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