Police on Saturday recovered the body of a man from the Shitalakhya River in Bandar area of the city, teetering on the edge due to frequent abductions and killings. Locals spotted the body around 1 pm and informed police who sent it to Narayanganj General Hospital morgue after recovery, said Akhtar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bandar Police Station. Earlier, on Sunday, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver, were abducted by miscreants from Fatullah area of the city. Hours after their abduction, senior lawyer at district Judge’s Court Chandan Kumar Sarker and his driver were also abducted on their way to capital Dhaka. Three days into their abduction, the bodies of six people, including that of Nazrul and Chandan Kumar, were recovered from the Shitalakhya and Dhaleshwari rivers on Wednesday morning. Another body, believed to be of Jahangir, the car driver of Nazrul Islam, was recovered from the Shitalakhya River on Thursday morning. – UNB
bdnews24 adds: Police have arrested two women and three men from Old Dhaka for their suspected involvement in the abduction of a businessman.
Md Hakim, 55, a motorcycles parts dealer, was kidnapped from Bangshal on Thursday. He was rescued from a house in Jurain on Saturday morning. A woman named Bhaggya Rani was arrested from that house. Four others were also arrested from a nearby house.
Bangshal Police Station Officer-in-Charge Abdul Kuddus Fakir said police traced the kidnappers from a call made to Hakim’s family and a bKash number to which the ransom was deposited.
“We found Hakim in a tin-shed house in Jurain in the morning. We arrested a woman from there. From another house we arrested Shaon, Rana, Hridoy and Nishi,” he said.
Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told reporters Nishi, who knew Hakim, was the key person in the kidnapping.
He said there were five to six kidnapping gangs operating in the capital, and all of them used women as aides. Some of them lure the victims by faking love affairs or get access to their homes as housemaids.
Hakim said he was picked up by several men who came out of a microbus as soon as he reached Bangshal intersection by a rickshaw.
“They made me call my brother Matin and ask him to send Tk 10,000 via bKash,” he said.
He also showed several injury marks on his body and said the kidnappers had beaten him with a hammer.