A group of Myanmarese human traffickers allegedly killed a Bangladeshi construction worker in Malaysia after failing to receive ransom for the victim’s release on Saturday.
Malaysian police recovered the body of Hussain Md Alahi, 39, a resident of Daudkandi upazila in Comilla, said Mantu Kumar Biswas, counsellor (labour) at Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.
The body was recovered from a jungle at Bukit Relau in Jalan Bukit Gambier of Georgetown, he told The Daily Star by phone today.
The body has been sent to Penang Hospital for post-mortem.
Penang Hospital’s forensic pathologist Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh said the victim had died due to strangulation.
The victim could have been strangled by his captors using his T-shirt after a botched kidnap attempt, reported The Star, a Malaysian English daily, quoting police today.
The police were yet to arrest any of the suspected Myanmarese traffickers, but they picked up four Bangladeshis to question over the incident, Mantu added.
He, however, could not give the details of the detained Bangladeshis.
Hussain and his friend Mozibur Rahman, 33, another Bangladeshi, were held captive on Friday by the Myanmarese who demanded Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 240,000 in ransom from their other friends.
Police immediately launched a search and rescue operation but called off it Friday evening.
Mozibur somehow managed to free himself Saturday morning.
Later in the day, the police with the help of the victim’s friends discovered Hussain’s body which was about 1km from the site where both the victims had been held captive earlier in the jungle.
Police had to call in the firemen to retrieve the body due to several steep slopes.
Hussain and Mozibur had earlier received a phone call from an unidentified caller, who sought their service to repair kitchen breakfront at a flat in Bukit Jambul.
When they reached there, they were approached by a group of people who introduced themselves as policemen.
The bogus cops then wanted to bring them back to the police station after accusing the two of having in their possession fake passports.
Once in the car, the two were blindfolded before being driven to the jungle, the newspaper added.