DHAKA: In a nationwide crackdown, Bangladesh security forces has arrested six human traffickers responsible for sending more than 30 workers to Libya, most of whom perished in a grisly massacre last week.
Chandan Devnath, Assistant Director of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) -14, told IANS that these four were part of a big racket that smuggles Bangladesh workers to Middle East and Europe via Kolkata and Mumbai. On May 28, accomplices of a Libyan labour contractor opened fire on 38 Bangladeshi and some African workers after they had killed him.
Twenty-six Bangladeshis and four African migrant workers were killed on the spot and two later succumbed to wounds in a hospital. The workers alleged that the Libyan contractor was fleecing and torturing them until they could take it no more. Two victims, Mohammad Ali and Mahbub, had been sent by the trafficker Khabiruddin and Helaluddin Hilu, both of whom were arrested by RAB. Another victim Rajon Khandaker was sent by trafficker Shahid Miah, who was apprehended by RAB. Injured migrant Janu Mia was sent by the traffickers Khabiruddin and Helaluddin , RAB official Devnath added. RAB-3 has also arrested Kamal Uddin alias Haji Kamal (55), a ringleader of human trafficking.
He was arrested by a team of RAB-3 from Shahjadpur in the capital's Gulshan area early on Monday. (IANS)