Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Unidentified criminals, in guise of members of detective branch (DB) of police, kidnapped another trader near village Chowgram on Natore-Bogra road in Natore district Sunday evening.
They kidnapped Ashraful Islam, owner of Zamtoli Filling Station, at about 7pm with Tk 1.50 lakh in possession. Ashraf was returning to his Shingra home from Zamtoli bazaar along with his son Mizanur Rahman.
While narrating the incident, Rahman said, "We set for home by a CNG-run auto-rickshaw with the days' income."
"At a desolate place near Chowgram, about 10 criminals on board two microbuses waylaid us. Identifying themselves as DB policemen, they searched our auto-rickshaw and took away my father with them by a microbus".
Rahman lodged a case with Shingra Police Station. He feared the miscreants might kill him or demand ransom.
"A big network of criminals seems to be involved in the kidnapping", said Singra Police Station acting officer-in-charge (OC) sub inspector (SI) Proddyut Kor. Investigation is going on, he said.
The incident created panic among local traders as two other traders, Sukdev Saha and Rabindranath Saha, were kidnapped in a similar manner with about Tk 2 lakh in their possession about three weeks ago.
However, police managed to rescue them and arrested two of the kidnappers and a driver of a microbus which was used by the gang.