A Dhaka court has placed two members of a human trafficking gang on a seven-day remand each in a case filed over the trafficking of 26 Bangladeshis who were killed in Libya on May 28.
The accused are: Monir Hossain (35) and Selim Sikder (36), both from Palong area in Shariatpur district. A team of Detective Branch (DB) of Police of Gulshan division arrested two listed human traffickers Monir Hossain and Selim Sikder from the capital's Jatrabari area on August 6.
Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Sikder passed the order after Detective Branch (DB) of Police Inspector Mohammad Mohsin -- also the investigation officer (IO) of the case -- produced them before his court on Thursday with a seven-day remand prayer.
On June 6, Josna Begum of Patuakhali filed the case with Motijheel Police Station against 27 people including the two arrested and 10 to 12 unnamed people for their alleged involvement in trafficking her son Jasim Mridha to Libya in 2019.
No lawyers appeared before the court to defend the accused human traffickers.
According to prosecution, Josna alleged that the accused, in association with the other accused, took Tk 4.20 lakh promising to send her son Jasim Mridha to Libya as a construction worker.
Upon their demand, she gave them the money and they sent her son to Libya. But she alleged the accused used to torture her son for more money and showed her the video.
On top of this, she did not get any information about her son since May 28, the case statement said.
Monir, who was a construction worker in Libya, tempted people from Shariatpur, Madaripur, Feni and Tangail, police sources said.
They used to charge Tk 4-5 lakh from each person. They also operated torture cells in Libya, said DB Deputy Commissioner of Gulshan Division Moshiur Rahman.