A number of organised gangs led by Bangladeshis have been active in cheating and torturing compatriots seeking fortune in Malaysia, said sources in Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
The rackets were comprised of Bangladeshis with some foreign nationals, added another sources.They demanded and got ransom from the families of a large number of Bangladeshis working in Malaysia using bKash and other ways such methods to transfer money to designated numbers. The CID has recently arrested some Bangladeshi members of the gang.
The gang members also engage documented and undocumented expatriates in work for different construction companies, but do not pay their wage for months.
The workers are often tortured if they demanded their dues.
Kamrul Islam (not his real name), who went to Malaysia five years ago, told the daily sun by telephone that Ibrahim (Passport Number AF7057921), who hailed from Purba Lord Hardinge in Bhola distric,t engaged more than 100 workers, including him, in a construction company.
But he never payed the wages to most of the workers, mainly from Bangladesh and the Philippines.
“I was not paid my wages for the last four months. Besides, he took 3,000 Ringette from me to validate my document, but he also did not do so nor did he return the money,” he said.“Whenever, I wanted my money and the wages, he along with his younger brother and brother-in-law would torture me,” he said. “If asked why you are not paying the wages to the workers working under you, Ibrahim just replied to show his muscle power: “There are many journalists known to me.”
Asmat Ali, who is now in Bangladesh after staying about five years in Malaysia, told this correspondent that he worked for different construction companies under the supervision of many brokers.
“The brokers did not pay them and he has held up several months of my wages,” he said.
After going to Malaysia, Shahidul Islam got acquainted with Mahbub Hossain who assured him of giving a job, but Mahbub took him to a room, locked him and tortured him.
Later, Mahbub took Tk200,000 as ransom from his family using eight bKash numbers.
The brother of Shahidul filed a case with Aminpur Police in Pabna in this connection. The CID launched an investigation and found the involvement of Hamid Hossain and Aman Ullah with the crime.
On July 30, CID men arrested the duo from Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district.
According to the CID, Mahbub formed a gang in Malaysia that promised undocumented and documented workers with employment, but never did so and keept them as hostages if pushed about the matter. The families had to free them after paying ransom.