Rab captures 2 top criminals
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two criminals, one of whom is suspected to be the second-in-command of Joy, one of the top wanted criminals.
The two, Masud - also known as "Killer Masud" or sometimes, Irfan - and Mohammad Hafiz were arrested from the capital's Shewrapara and Malibagh areas.
Masud is suspected to be the second-in-command of Joy, a wanted criminal now detained in jail in India. Hafiz is an accused in nine criminal cases.
Shahidul Haq Bhuiyan, commander of Special Crime Prevention Company of Rab-3, told a press briefing that Masud is accused in a number of criminal cases, including murders. His name is also on top of Rab's wanted criminals' list under Paltan area.
Bhuiyan said a plainclothes team of Rab-3 arrested Masud from his rented residence at West Shewrapara following intelligence of his involvement in various criminal activities including murder, extortion and shootings.
The Rab official said Masud is known by different names in different areas of the city. They suspect that he uses up to ten different names for himself. Rab also seized two passports from Masud's house, both with his picture but under different names.
Bhuiyan said Masud has admitted to recently entering Bangladesh using a passport in the name of Ismail.
According to information held by Rab, Masum killed a man called Sinha in Motijheel area about 15 years ago. He also killed a businessman at Purana Paltan Lane about five years ago and has murdered one Masum in the city.
Another team of the same battalion captured Mohammad Hafiz from Malibagh.
Both the arrested men were presented before the press yesterday but were not allowed to answer any questions.