The Criminal Investigation Department has unearthed financial transaction details of human traffickers who have been alluring people for traveling abroad and cheating them after sending in different countries.
CID chief Mahbubur Rahman, in a briefing on Monday, said that around 67 people were arrested across the country for their suspected involvement in human trafficking. Of them, CID arrested 36 people and 20 of them already gave confessional statements before the court.
Mahbubur said that their agency was investigating 15 human trafficking cases out of 26 filed after the Libya incident.
The CID chief said that they had found the transaction details of around Tk 20 to 30 crore from an agency peon’s account. They also identified three masterminds behind the trafficking syndicate.
CID’s organised crime unit deputy inspector general Imtiaz Ahmed said that they had already completed primary investigation against three arrested human traffickers’ properties while money laundering cases would be filed against them soon.
Mahbubur, an additional inspector general, said that CID had started an investigation against Lakshmipur lawmaker Mohammad Shahid Islam, who was arrested in Kuwait on charge of human trafficking. He said that it was an international issue and details cannot be disclosed at this moment.
The CID chief also said that they received two lists of human traffickers from two ministries. Trafficked victims, their family members and embassies in different countries had provided the names and information about the human traffickers. The police were keeping some accused under surveillance.
Mahbubur said some masterminds of human trafficking incidents were now travelling abroad and action would be taken after they returned to Bangladesh. CID is now working to confiscate the wealth of these traffickers, he added.
The investigating agency officials said that they would set up a cyber-police station in Dhaka and complaints could be lodged there from all over the country online.
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