Monday, February 4, 2008

Cobweb of death

Blood-chilling story of killers who preyed on foreign job seekers

Cashing in on the rising zeal for overseas jobs, a group of people have invented a deadly method of swindling in the northern districts, inviting foreign-job seekers to rented homes and killing them after grabbing their money.

The swindlers later tell the victims' families that they went abroad.

The game was unearthed after Helal Uddin, a man from Bogra's Dupchachia upazila, was caught with a body tamped inside a sack in Natore Wednesday.

He confessed to Detective Branch (DB) police that he is a member of an organised gang who look for potential foreign-job seekers. Headquartered in Bogra, he said their gang has set up a network across the northern districts.

The gang members, he said, rent home in neighbouring districts, bring their victims there and kill them after taking their money.

Helal, disguised as a madrasa teacher, rented a microbus for going to Bogra. The driver smelt something fishy as his passenger declined to say what was inside the two sacks he was carrying.

Helal was arrested along with the dead body as the driver called police. The other sack had vegetables in it.

Helal identified the dead man as Enamul Haque, a grocery shop owner at Kasimala village in Kahalu upazila of Bogra.

Admitting to having killed Enamul on January 29, Helal said he promised his prey a job in Saudi Arabia and asked him to go to his rented Natore house with Tk 2 lakh.

Helal asphyxiated the shop owner and took his money after the latter showed up with Tk 1.5 lakh.

Acting on his information, police arrested his accomplice Abdul Majid Bhutto in Dhaka early yesterday.

The two were taken on a five-day remand for interrogation. Officer-in-charge at Natore Police Station said, "We expect more information from them during the interrogation. Three more bodies were recovered in the town in last few weeks. We will look to it whether the gang has any link with the murders."

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