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A notorious syndicate has been apprehended for orchestrating a sophisticated deception involving a captivating young woman. This criminal network target individuals from various backgrounds, including businesses, high-ranking officials of both public and private institutions, politicians, and even expatriates, ensnaring them in an elaborate scheme that has resulted in the loss of significant sums of money.
This deceptive cycle primarily exploits the allure of beautiful women, and its impact is particularly pronounced in the upscale neighborhoods of Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, and Bashundhara in the capital. The Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police have successfully arrested the members of this formidable syndicate, which has duped numerous unsuspecting victims, mostly comprising attractive young women.
Harunur Or Rashid, Head of the detective branch of police, expressed astonishment at the audacity of the fraud perpetrated by the gang. Their illicit activities were widespread across Dhaka city, involving a sophisticated method of extortion. The modus operandi of the gang included supplying women to clients and clandestinely recording their interactions using hidden cameras, later using this footage for blackmail.
The operation to apprehend the gang was initiated in response to complaints received about their exploitative tactics. Harunur Or Rashid successfully led the operation, resulting in the arrest of the entire gang consisting of five individuals.
He disclosed that the gang had formed a syndicate involving approximately 6,000 beautiful young women. In addition to operating from rented residences, they also supplied women to various hotels and guest houses. The intelligence department has received information indicating the existence of similar syndicates in the capital, prompting a commitment to an ongoing campaign against such criminal networks.
According to the Detective Branch (DB), a key figure in this illicit syndicate is a middle-aged woman named Samina Alam Neela, identified as one of the main owners. The syndicate also includes individuals such as Tasnia Bela, Manseeb Hayat, Sourav Islam, and Saqib Ahmed. Despite the vigilance of law enforcement agencies in the Dhaka metropolitan area, this group has been operating a deceptive business involving the provision of women for an extended period.
Their operations involve supplying women to various flats and hotels in the affluent areas like Gulshan and Banani. Saqib and a woman named Chaiti actively participate in this enterprise, forming a network with the assistance of Samina Alam Neela. Saqib and Chaiti engage with people from diverse backgrounds, identifying potential clients, and subsequently supplying them with women of different ages through Samina Alam Neela's network.
It is alleged that Samina Alam Neela has facilitated the supply of approximately six thousand women to various clients over the course of her involvement in this illicit business.
In the interrogation conducted by the Metropolitan Detective Police, the perpetrators revealed a deceptive modus operandi in their cheating trap. They disclosed that they initially targeted various affluent individuals, collecting their mobile phone numbers. Subsequently, they would cultivate a romantic relationship with the targets, luring them into a specific flat under false pretenses.
Once inside the flat during an intimate moment, other members of the circle would enter forcibly, objecting to the presence of the target. The victims were then threatened with the publication of compromising pictures in newspapers, and fake policemen within the circle would intimidate them with the prospect of filing a case. Exploiting the vulnerable situation, the perpetrators engaged in extortion, negotiating substantial sums of money from the targeted individuals.
Additionally, they sent a woman to the targeted person with a hidden camera. Subsequently, clips of intimate moments captured by the hidden camera were sent to the individuals, accompanied by demands for large sums of money. To further amplify the coercion, when the targeted individuals visited their residences, the perpetrators had pre-installed CC cameras, capturing moments to be later used for monetary extortion.
Officials stated that victims were coerced into making regular payments, sometimes on a monthly or weekly basis. Some victims allegedly endured this extortion throughout the entire year.
The ongoing investigation has uncovered multiple fraudulent circles operating in the Gulshan-Banani area, employing various deceitful tactics. One prevalent method involves the use of beautiful women to execute blackmail schemes, exploiting the victims' fears of dishonor and shame. Unfortunately, many individuals silently endure these crimes.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a victim revealed the existence of several fraud syndicates in Gulshan-Banani. Some businessmen have reportedly suffered significant financial losses due to these scams, with fraudsters targeting individuals in illegal spa centers that have proliferated in the area. The traps are strategically set using attractive women to target specific businessmen, and those who inadvertently fall into these traps face disastrous consequences.
DC Shamim Rifat of the Gulshan Division of Police reported, "I have recently assumed this position, and we have initiated a campaign against such criminal gangs. Our efforts are geared towards putting an end to these unethical activities."
Metropolitan Detective Police Deputy Commissioner (Lalbagh) Moshiur Rahman added, "We have successfully apprehended a member of one such fraudulent gang. The primary owner of that syndicate was identified as a woman named Dola, and she was arrested on charges of embezzling approximately 46 lakh taka. It was revealed that she operated a similar syndicate."
Rahman further explained that these criminal cycles typically operate for two to three months, completing a cycle of fraudulent activities. Subsequently, they target middle-aged affluent individuals once again, restarting their deceptive schemes. The police authorities are actively engaged in tackling these criminal networks and putting a halt to their recurrent criminal activities.