Extortion rampant in capital before EidMohibub Zaman
Extortion by some high-profile criminal networks continues unabated in the capital before Eid-ul-Fitr although various measures have been taken against such crimes by law enforcers, alleged traders in different city areas.
Intelligence sources admitted that extortion was rampant in all types of business establishments, from luxury shopping complexes to roadside vendors and even construction and real estate sectors. They all have to pay toll on a daily or monthly basis.
A number of businessmen in different corners of the city alleged that they could not complain to the police about the extortion out of fear. Even if they complained, law enforcers hardly took action against the criminals.
The Bangladesh Shop Owners’ Association’s organising secretary Shah Alam Khandaker said that most of the extortionists were active before Eid and they could not be identified as they operated through mobile phones.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner (media and community service), Masudur Rahman, told New Age that they always go for instant action after getting information of any extortion and often nab extortionists.
‘We often don’t get significant information about the toll collectors and so we can’t take immediate action against them,’ he added.
Several incidents of extortion occur in the city every day but most of the cases are not reported to police stations in fear of criminal reprisal, the businessmen said.
A construction worker of Vision Design and Housing Limited at Kalshi Pallabi was shot dead by some miscreants on August 2.
The sub-contractor of the company, Zakir Hossain, on the same day told reporters at DMCH that some local
miscreants named Rony, Rocky and Jamil had earlier demanded toll from him and the miscreants, along with their cohorts came to the site and shot the worker dead.
Zakir said they had filed a general diary after the extortionists had demanded toll, but police took no action.
Sources said around 50 suspected top-criminals now imprisoned in different jails had been controlling extortion ahead of Eid through their sidekicks who are still at large.
Suspected top-criminals including Sweden Aslam, Bikash Kumar Biswas, Sanjadul Islam Imon, VP Helal, Arman, Shahidul Islam Edul, Boma Mukter, Sabur, Ishaq Sarker, Naim Ahmed Titon, Freedom Sohel, Rakibuzzaman, Joseph, Arshad, Hatkata Bakkar, Naimul Hossain Taj, Lombu Salim, Ibrahim and Killer Abbas are now in Dhaka and Kashimpur jails.
Official sources in DMP said that they had made a list of suspected extortionists in the capital based on intelligence and allegations from the victims in past.
According to the list, Gazi Sumon, Azam, Piyal, Lotus, Runu, Mujibul, Shagor, Mintu, Pavel, Ashik, Liton, Ramzan, Shakil, Himel, Nadim, Lamba Masud, Galib, Ali Nur, Kakon, Shabatul, Razu, Rakib, Lelin, Mamun, Boma Manir, Muktar, Dish Sahin, Hasan, Mizan, Killar Haisha, Murgi Milon (Mirpur), Kamal alias Tunda Kamal, Mantu, Baten, Dayel Mahfuz, Roni, Rubel, Monu, Billal, Babu, Rocky, Nazrul, Kiron, Noman, Sittu Mizan, Mohshin, Suzon, Delower, Mamun, Badan, Mithu, Zakir and Shazu control extortion in Mirpur, Darussalam, Shah Ali and Rupnagar areas.
They collect toll by using the name of fugitive terrorist Sahadat.
Hat Kata Nizam, Munshi Qaiyum, Reju, Banga Babu, Computer Sohel, Tipu, Baltu Rasel, Jakir, Jashim, Panka Sumon and Rahmat also collect toll in the areas after being released from jail.
Extortion in Benaroshi Palli in Pallabi area is controlled by Chand, Ashik, Mamun and Mizan.
Sahin Shikdar, a close aid of Sahadat, controls extortion in Kafrul area. Mehedi, Chamaira Babu, Kamal, Harun, Jony, Khasru, Bhaigna Masud, Liton, Abu, Kaowser and Razu collect toll using the name of Sahin Shikdar.
Police have information that Killar Abbas and Taj also have been collecting toll from jail through their associates - Nuru, Muktar and Shapan in Kafrul area.
Hashu, Mamun, Pearul, Halim, Mamun alias Parka Mamun, Murgi Tipu, Babu, Abdus Sattar, Rubel alias Rumel, Sumon, Kamrul Hasan, Shah Mohammad Majid, Anowar Hossain Sentu and Farid control toll collection in Mohammadpur area.
Zomir, Sohel, Cat Babu, Dibba Babu, Barun, Kajol, Jalalim Nadim, Tanvir, Sultan, Shiraj, Shapon, Arif, Chandu, Akram control Adabor areas. Terrorist Nabi Hossain’s associates control the extortion in Dhanmondi area.
Subroto Bayen and Mollah Masud’s associates Jisan, Khijir Alam Shapan, Arif, Sohel, Salam, Shultan, Siraj, Akram, Gazi Siddikur Rahman, Shafiqul Islam Babul, Munna, Landry Dulal, Honda Babu, Nurul Islam, Elias, Utpal and Shanto control the extortion and underworld in Ramna, Mouchack, Moghbazar and Malibagh areas.
Tejgaon area is controlled by Ashik Band, Saidul, Sayem, Badal, Monir, Biplob, Babul and Khokon.
Shabujbagh area is controlled by Manjurul Islam, Kajol, Sattar, Jewel and Babu, Jatrabari area is controlled by Shajal, Rony and Jubaur, Paltan area is control by Aminul, Sumon, Rafiq, Kajol and Bilu, Motijheel area is controlled by Jashim, Malu, Ripon, Shagor alias Porimal, Shahbagh area is controlled by Alam, Selim, Belal, Chaina Babu, Gobinda and Babul.
Extortion in Puran Dhaka area was controlled by Dakat Shahid’s associates Swapan, Khokon, Dulal alias Raju, Titu, Sentu, Nazim, Kotowali area is controlled by Hazi Kamal, Kala Babu, Paban, Korban and Gopibagh area is controlled by Mona group.
Badda area is controlled by Jishan, Sahajada, Hazaribagh area is controlled by Ramzan, Saidul alias Saidullah, Sayed Akash, Sohel, Shah Poran, Billal and Abul, Shyampur area is controlled by Shahin, Babul, Shajol, Rony, Demra area by Bulu, Ezaj, Moza and Mohon, Uttarkhan area by Amin, Pavel, Shajib, Masud, Razu alias Habib and Masud, Uttara area by Nasim Kabir Babu, Tornedo Babu, Chaina Razu, Rana and Manju.
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Date:Friday, 17th August, 2012