Pirate ringleader held in Sundarbans

Pirate ringleader held in Sundarbans

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Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested the ringleader of a pirate gang from Sundarbans in Amurbunia camp area of Morelganj upazila on Wednesday night.The arrested was identified as Shafiqul Islam Swapan,44, the ringleader of the gang, Swapan Bahini, and son of Altaf Hawlader of the same village.Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-6 conducted a raid in the area at night and arrested Swapan along with a pistol and one round of bullet after chasing a gang of pirates, said Khulna Rab-6 company commander Lieutenant Mahfujul Islam.However, his other associates managed to flee the scene.The arrested was later handed over to Morelganj Police Station.A case was filed in this connection.
Swapan had long been involved in looting fishing nets and fish from trawlers of fishermen and realising ransom after kidnapping them, said Rab. -UNB, Bagerhat

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