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Hanoi seeks Dhaka’s support to catch traffickers

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Published: 00:53, Jul 13,2020

 
 

The Vietnamese government has sought cooperation of the Bangladesh government in arresting a gang of traffickers, including at least six Bangladeshis.

The Government of Vietnam has recently issued red alert across the country after issuing warrants for the arrest of a pool of human traffickers, including five male and one female Bangladesh citizens, Bangladesh ambassador in Hanoi Samina Naz told New Age on Sunday.

The Vietnam law enforcement agencies sought cooperation of Rapid Action Battalion in Bangladesh to identify connections of the traffickers in the two countries, she said.

The Bangladesh authorities agreed to extend support to the Vietnam authorities in investigations against trafficking, officials at the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Bangladesh citizens Golam Azam, Mostafa, Abdul Jabbar, Sumon, Atiq, Saiful, Azmir, Milon, Shovon and Kolpona, who have been living in Vietnam for years, went into hiding after warrants were issued for their arrest, they said.

The nexus of traffickers was identified in early April after the death of Bangladesh citizen Nazmul Hasan, who was taken to Vietnam in a team of about three dozen workers with promise to pay $ 400 salary per month.

But there was actually no job for most of the workers. A few of them were offered only $ 210.

The Bangladesh embassy in Hanoi, however, sent 11 people of the group to home in a special flight with support from the Vietnamese authorities on July 2.

Twentyseven Bangladeshi workers, however, declined to avail the flight at their own cost and got stranded in Hanoi.

The Bangladesh embassy and the Vietnam government have managed accommodation and food for them to stay until their repatriation to home, foreign ministry officials said.

The Vietnam government was also assessing the possibility of taking legal recourse for some of the 27 Bangladesh citizens, who, according to the Vietnam authorities, were creating law and order situation inside the Bangladesh embassy premise and their place of residence, they said.

It would be difficult to send them back home soon if they were to face legal actions by the Vietnam authorities, the foreign ministry officials added.

Rapid Action Battalion arrested three people on July 9 in Dhaka for their alleged involvement in trafficking 38 Bangladeshis to Vietnam. Of them, 11 have returned to Bangladesh while 27 remain stranded in Vietnam.

During primary investigation, RAB found involvement of Mash Carrier Service, JK Overseas Ltd, Advent Overseas Ltd and Sandhani Overseas Ltd in the trafficking racket.

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