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Bangladeshi criminals take refuge in Kolkata: Reports

Bangladeshi criminals take refuge in Kolkata: Reports

Author: Bureau Report
Publication: Zee News
Date: January 28, 2007
URL: http://zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=350549&sid=SAS

Most of Bangladesh's underworld dons, wanted criminals and politicians with godfather image have taken refuge in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, to escape the on-going police raids, media reports claimed.

Most of the local newspapers ran front page stories over the past one week, mentioning that many of the Bangladeshi criminals were now well established in Kolkata and some other parts of West Bengal, and were running businesses allegedly with the help of their Indian mentors over there.

Slipping of Giasuddin al-Mamun, a close business associate of Tarique Rahman, the eldest son of immediate-past Khaleda Zia her Bangladesh Nationalist Party's senior joint secretary general, to India with the assistance of a section of lawmen from both sides of the border was reported prominently in many newspapers.

Awami League leader Shamim Osman, a bank-loan defaulter businessman Obaidul Karim, ward commissioner Chowdhury Alam, and Monowar Hossain Dipjal are among many others who have crossed the border to India since the army-backed interim government took over on January 12.

The government launched a combine operation against the criminals and corrupt people in a bid to free the country's politics from the influence of money and muscle powers.

A Bangla language newspaper, Ajker Kagoj, reported on Saturday from Kolkata that Mamun was being given security by a group of Bangladeshi criminals. The Bangladesh Government had announced bounty a few years ago for capturing him.

"Mamun passes his time in holiday mood in Kolkata," headlined the vernacular daily.

New Age, an English language newspaper, reported quoting intelligence sources that Bangladeshi criminals who are now well-established in different places of West Bengal, were providing them with shelter and ensuring their security, using their influence on the local administration

Some politicians, who have links with the underworld, and some businessmen, who have amassed huge wealth through illegal means, have managed to cross the border, it said.

"There are dozens others, including criminals, commissioners and political leaders, who have managed to reach Kolkata since the imposition of a state of emergency on January 12," said an underworld operative over telephone from Kolkata.

The New Age reported according to available information, a number of Bangladeshi wanted criminals took shelter in Kolkata over the last few years. The most-wanted criminals Subrata Bain, Khandakar Tanveer Islam Joy, Molla Masud, Haris Ahmed Haris, Kamrul Hasan Hannan (younger brother of the arrested criminal Liakat Hossain), Prakash, Imam Hossain, Aga Shamim, Moshiur Rahman Kochi and Jafar Ahmed Manik are staying in rented houses at Dumdum, Broad Street, Sealdah, Beck Bagan and a few other areas in Kolkata.

These criminals had maintained links mainly with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Awami League, and also the politicians who have links with crime and corruption.

Many other criminals who got huge money sent to them by their understudies in Dhaka also took refuge to West Bengal and run informal cross border trading between the two countries.

Police say these criminals have been involved in all types of criminal and illegal activities like murder, extortion, mugging, and smuggling of firearms and drugs for decades.

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