|Published : 16 Sep 2016, 18:54:17|
Sundarbans to ‘pirate-free’: RAB
Sundarbans will soon be free from the grasp of pirates as most gangs are either arrested while some others have expressed their desire to surrender, said RAB sources.
"There were 20 gangs who controlled the Sundarbans area. Now, only four gangs are active in the area as 16 gangs out of 20 have put off their activities due to dragnet of the law enforcers," said operation officer of RAB-8 assistant superintend of police (ASP) Md Nizamuddin.
"The most infamous gang now active at Sundarbans out of the existing four is 'Jahangir Bahini' and it has limited activities within Khulna, Sharonkhola and Mongla ranges," he said adding "Surrender of some pirates is in the pipeline."
A total of 199 pirates have so far been arrested with surrender of five pirate gangs with seizure of 612 firearms and 16,451 rounds of bullet since inception of the RAB, reports BSS.
Intelligence surveillances are now being conducted to collect information about overall activities of the pirates such as robbing fishermen, kidnapping them for ransom, collecting tolls from the businessmen and their whereabouts.
A task force involving RAB, police, Coast Guard, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has been formed to eliminate pirates from the Sundarbans.
The government reiterated calls upon the members of remaining four gangs to surrender to law enforcers sounded a note of warning that otherwise, no one of them will survive.
Earlier on September 8 last, 14 robbers of two infamous gangs 'Shanta Bahini' and 'Alam Bahini' of the Sundarbans surrendered to the law enforcers in presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan with firearms and ammunition.
On May 31 and July 14 in 2016, 10 members of Master Bahini with firearms and ammunation andalso surrendered. - IH