7 go missing; Broker held after 7 yrs
Families of seven people, who have been missing for seven years, at last managed to catch a manpower broker and handed him over to Chowgachha police. in Jashore.
The people, including four members of a family, in Chowgachha upazila went missing since they left their houses for Malaysia in 2013.
They are: Amit Hasan Mukul, 30, Azizur Rahman, 40, Fulzar Hossain, 46, Shariful Islam Khokon, 40, from a same family. Other victims are Shafiqul Islam, 27, Ramjan Ali, 45, and Liton, 27. They all are residents of Muktadah village under Patibila union.
On Sunday night, the victims' family members caught broker Fazlur Rahman Raju from Chowgachha upazila headquarters and handed him over to the police.
Raju, 48, hailing from Goalpata village of Kaliganj upazila of Satkhira, had been staying in his in-law's house at Muktadah village.
Atiar Rahman, father of Amit Hasan, lodged a case with Chowgachha Police Station the same night under the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act.
He was shown arrested in the case and produced before a court on Monday afternoon, said the police station officer in-charge Rifat Khan Razib .
According to the case statement, Fazlur in association of some other brokers allured the victims of going to Malaysia at a lower cost.
The victims gave him Tk 300,000 each and left their houses on June 1, 2013 for Malaysia.
Later, the brokers boarded them on a vessel on June 13, the same year, and since then, they have been missing.
Three months after of their departure, the families went to Raju and put pressure on him to bring them back. He introduced them to a manpower businessman Rashedul of Teknaf in Cox's Bazar.
Rashidul told the victim families not to worry saying that they will reach Malaysia within a day or two.
But, few days later, Fazlur divorced his wife and ran away the village. The victim families also found the mobile phones of other brokers switched off, Atiar said in the case statement.
After seven years, the victim families saw Saju at Chowgachha Bazar and nabbed him, he added.