The Detective Branch of police yesterday arrested three members of an alleged gang that reportedly cheated people out of their fortune by promising them jobs.
The DB police said they made the arrest during a special drive in the wee hours of yesterday.
The arrestees were Sayed Abu Jafar, 69, his wife Shilpi Akter, 28, and son-in-law Sayed Masum Al Mamun, 32.
Talking with the Dhaka Tribune, Mahmuda Afroz Lucky, assistant commissioner of DB (south), said police acting on a tip-off and according to complaints lodged against Jafar, raided house 729/a on road 9 at Adabar, Mohammadpur in the capital.
Of the arrestees, Jafar who retired from Bangladesh Army and took to identifying himself as a major, scammed money of various people by promising them jobs in the army, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) or the navy.
Sayed Masum identified himself as an employee at a weekly magazine ‘Bachelor’ and brought different people to his father-in-law, Jafar, for jobs.
Assistant Commissioner Mahmuda Afroz stated that during the drive they had recovered a huge cache of documents, curriculum vitaes and certificates of job seekers.
Under interrogation, Jafar confessed that he had taken money from 13 people till date and had given them jobs, said Mahmuda.
The police official added that they conducted the raid after receiving complaints from Enamul Haque of Keshobpur, Jessore and Saidul Islam of Monohorpur, Kaliganj.
Both complainants were present at the DB office.
Taking to this correspondent, Saidul said Jafar took Tk4,15,000 for a job in the navy while Enamul claimed he gave Tk4,50,000 to Jafar for a job in BGB.
The DB officials added that Jafar was an accused in several cases of fraud, filed with Adabar and Mohammadpur police stations in Dhaka, and Sonadanga police station in Khulna.
This correspondent also spoke with Jafar in DB custody, who said he worked for Bangladesh Army as a Habildar (soldier) and gave people jobs through his personal contacts.
But Sayed Samsul Arefin, son of Jafar, claimed that DB police made the arrests eyeing the 22 Kathas of land his father bought on installment in Gulshan 2.
He alleged that during their raid lawmen took away Tk2,00,000 and 15 cellphones from their house.
“Police first picked up my father and brother-in-law at 11pm on Tuesday, and later my mother at 3am yesterday.
“They said the three were arrested in connection with a case filed with Mohammadpur police station in 2013.” He added.
Soon after the arrests, a person identifying himself as Sub-Inspector Mofizul Islam called him over the phone yesterday morning and demanded Tk15,00,000 for their release, Samsul Arefin alleged.
He said the present price of their Gulshan land was Tk2.10 billion and many politicians want to grab it.
He claimed that police detained his family members over a land dispute with some politicians.
Asked About the land at 49/1, Gulshan 2, Abu Jafar said he, along with his 10 other friends, had bought it from Yahia Khan on installment.
However, in the previous year, BNP leader Ali Asghar Lobi allegedly tried to take possession of the land and now a Chittagong businessman is following suit.
The businessman also presented what Jafar alleges are fake documents of the land.
Asked about how he acquired this high-value land, he said the land originally belonged to DIT and was later registered in Yahia’s name from whom they bought it.
He added that they had given the landowner Tk60,00,000 so far.
The assistant commissioner maintained that Jafar used to take land documents from people by saying he would solve any problem related to land.
“We raided his house and picked up his wife Shilpi along with them for interrogation. We would release her later,” Mahmuda Afroz Lucky said.
She said police would not pocket any cellphone or documents recovered from that house.