Police yesterday rescued four persons, including two Dubai expatriates, and arrested nine persons who abducted them -- introducing themselves as Detective Branch (DB) of police -- from the port city’s Bakalia area.
The arrestees are -- Md Sohag, 24; Md Jahidur Alam, 23; Md Abu Helal, 28; Md Sakil, 24; Md Ibrahim, 20; Md Imran, 26; Md Mujib, 25; Md Sowkat Ali, 26; and Md Shahab Uddin, 19.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bakalia Police Station, Nezam Uddin, said the nine are active operatives of a gang who used to abduct people, posing as DB police officials.
Introducing themselves as DB police, the gang stormed a house at Abdul Latif Hatkhola area of Bakalia and nabbed four persons on Wednesday night. They were confined in a room of a house near a girls’ madrasa in Hatkhola area, said the OC.
The gang later called relatives of the two expatriates and demanded Tk five lakh as ransom.
The victims’ relatives informed police about the incident, said the OC, adding that police later detained two of the gang members when they withdrew money from a bKash stall.
Police later arrested seven others of the gang and rescued the four victims, said the OC.
A case was lodged in this connection.