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Traffickers treated them like prisoners

Traffickers treated them like prisoners

Imtiaz Ahmed Bubul had to spend two days on a small engine boat, with his head tucked between the knees for almost the whole time. He was not allowed to lift his head or move his hands as that might draw attention of fishing trawlers in the Bay of Bengal. There were around a dozen...

Dangerous plan to spread yaba

Dangerous plan to spread yaba

Just days before his arrest on Sunday, Abdullah Jubayer had set up a makeshift factory in Chittagong to make a small quantity of yaba tablets on a test basis. The test mission successful, he was then all set to produce the contraband pill in the capital to ensure its uninterrupted flow in the local market. Detectives, who interrogated Jubayer yesterday, the first day of his seven-day remand, said the 28-year-old hired some Myanmar nationals who have expertise in making the drug.   They were supposed to come to the capital to train the local gang members after the factory had been set up. The idea was to reduce the risk of smuggling the...

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has sought cooperation of the international community for the implementation of its National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals here.   Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, now in Geneva, conveyed the request while briefing the international community on the Bangladesh National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals. The Foreign...

Rohingya persecution

FOR investors, corporations and governments of the West, the last couple of years were perhaps the beginning of the best of times in Burma. The opening up of the economy and the concomitant liberalisation of the country's political process has been welcome by all. Such moves of the Burmese government have been reciprocated by rather quick return of the one-time pariah state back into the comity of nations as evidenced in the high level visits by the who's who...

11 rescued weeks into abduction

11 rescued weeks into abduction

Malaysian police rescued 11 Bangladeshi and four Myanmar nationals, suspected to have been held for weeks by human traffickers for ransom, in Penang state on Wednesday night. Police raided two adjacent apartments on the 15th floor of a building at Macallum Street Ghaut in George Town area and rescued the victims, reported Malaysian English...

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