The Rapid Action Battalion on Wednesday arrested Aminur Rahman Himu, allegedly a ruling Awami League activist in Narail, and two of his associates on charge of human trafficking to Brunei.
They were arrested during a mobile court drive conducted by the battalion in Kafrul area in the capital.
Aminur has ‘embezzled’ at least Tk 3 crore from 400 people with ‘false promises’ of giving them jobs in Brunei, said RAB-3 director Lieutenant Colonel Rakibul Hasan.
He had sent 70 people to Brunei in the past few years, but all of them had to return since there were no jobs for them, Rakibul said.
The other two arrested are Nur Alam and Babulur Rahman.
Executive magistrate Palash Kumar Bosu conducted the mobile court after receiving allegations of human trafficking.
He said that the racket had at least seven members and another kingpin of the racket Mehedi Hasan Bijon was in hiding as he was accused in 20 cases, mostly on human trafficking charges.
Local people said that Aminur tried to get Awami League nomination for Narail-2 constituency in the last general elections.
Rakibul said that Aminur used to claim that he was an Awami League leader, but RAB investigation was yet to find his link to the party.
Aminur opened a ‘fake company’ named Suraiya Group in Brunei and lured people offering jobs in his company.
He and his associates used to charge people Tk 2-3 lakh each for taking them to Brunei although the actual cost is Tk 1 lakh, said Rakibul.
Soon after arriving in Brunei, people realised that they were cheated and returned to Bangladesh empty handed, he said.
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