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Rapid Action Battalion

9 human traffickers arrested, 19 rescued

9 human traffickers arrested, 19 rescued

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) today arrested nine alleged human traffickers and rescued 19 people, who were waiting to be moved to Middle East countries. Tipped-off, a team of Rab raided different areas in Farmgate and Kawran Bazar in Dhaka and arrested the alleged traffickers along with nine passports with fake visas of Iraq and other countries in Middle East, said Lt Col KM Azad, commanding officer of Rab-2. They also rescued the 19 victims during the drive, the Rab official said. A press briefing will be held at Rab-2 office in...

RU Teacher Killing

Police now move to end confusion

Police now move to end confusion

Those who had been arrested separately by police and the Rapid Action Battalion in connection with Prof AKM Shafiul Islam's murder were brought face-to-face for interrogation last night. This was done to identify the "real motive" behind the gruesome killing of the Sociology professor of Rajshahi University, police said. “We need to interrogate them face-to-face to detect a conclusive motive,” said Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner M Shamsuddin at a press conference in the city yesterday afternoon. Confusion rose after the two law enforcement agencies yesterday came up with contradictory versions of the motive behind the murder. Rajshahi police, after arresting three people from Bogra, said two of the detainees claimed responsibilities for the...

RU Teacher Killing

Who are culprits?

Who are culprits?

Police and Rapid Action Battalion came up with contradictory versions of the motive behind the murder of Rajshahi University Prof AKM Shafiul Islam following arrest of nine people from different parts of the country yesterday. Rajshahi police, after arresting three people from Bogra, said two of the detainees claimed responsibilities for the murder on social media. “They claimed their responsibility for Shafiul's murder on a Facebook page of militant outfit Ansar Al Islam Bangladesh-2,” said M Shamsuddin, commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police. The RMP commissioner, however, did not say anything about how they ascertained the arrestees' link to the militant outfit. On the contrary, Rab arrested six people from Rajshahi and Gazipur and...

Illegal Stay

Three more foreigners arrested

Three more foreigners arrested

The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday held three more Africans from the capital's Moghbazar for staying illegally in the country. Of them, Zordge Martin, 35, and David Kon, 44, are from Liberia and Jabir Khamis, 32, from Chad. A team of the elite force raided a house at Nayatola and detained the trio, as they failed...

3 more Africans held for ‘illegal stay’

3 more Africans held for ‘illegal stay’

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained three more African citizens in Uttara of Dhaka this morning for staying illegally in the country. One of the detainees is a Liberian citizen while the two others are from Gambia and Ivory Coast, said Major Maksudul Alam, assistant director of Rab legal and media wing.  A team of the...

Don't train Rab, police

Don't train Rab, police

Accusing police and the Rapid Action Battalion of "corruption and misdeeds", BNP chief Khaleda Zia urged the international community not to provide training or arms and ammunition to the forces. The two-time former premier also reiterated her demand that the Rab, which was created by her government in 2004, be disbanded. "The Rab has turned...

When was he arrested?

When was he arrested?

Two separate announcements, one from the home ministry and another from the Rab, have given two separate dates of the arrest of a person stated to be a brother of the main accused in Burdwan blast case of India. The Rapid Action Battalion in a press note yesterday claimed they have detained Mohammad Monaem in Farajikanda village under Bandar upazila of Narayanganj around 4:30am in the day. The elite force also sent a text message to the media, saying Monaem is a brother of the Burdwan blast accused, Sajid alias Sheikh Rahmatullah alias Masum. But already on Monday noon, State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the press that Sajid's brother Monaem...

Rab 'Shootout'

Two killed in Sundarbans

Two alleged robbers were killed in a "shootout" with Rapid Action Battalion in Chandpai range of the Sundarbans in Bagerhat yesterday. The dead are Emdadul Hawlader, 34, and Saiful, 24. Emdadul was the ringleader of a robbers' gang, locally known as "Daroga Bahini" and Saiful was its member. On information that a group of robbers were gathering on a trawler at the Arubaria canal in Chandpai range near the Andharmanik camp, a team of Rab-8 raided the area around 6:50am, said...

Ramna blast: Condemned convict held

Ramna blast: Condemned convict held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested a condemned convict in Ramna Batamul carnage case in Dhaka early this morning. Maulana Abu Bakar alias Selim Hawlader, a top leader of banned outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji), was picked up from his Keraniganj resident around 2:30am, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, director at the Rab's legal and media wing. Mufti Mahmud was speaking at a press briefing at the elite force’s Uttara headquarters in the afternoon. Abu Bakar is also a charge-sheeted accused in the August 21 grenade attack case, Captain Maksudul Alam, assistant director of Rab's Legal and Media Wing said. Alam said he was also a close associate to Huji top leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, who...

Main coordinator of JMB captured

Main coordinator of JMB captured

The Rapid Action Battalion has claimed to have arrested the main coordinator of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh and his four associates with explosives and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The arrests come about a month after the Burdwan blast in India in which Indian investigators have found JMB links. However, the Rab is...

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