Dope party kingpin recruits children

New members of dope party are forced to take drugs

Detectives came to know that an organized group of dope party is recruiting some minor boys and physically challenged persons for committing crimes.
They are also forcing them to be drug addicts so that the minor boys and the physically challenged can never leave their crime syndicate as they will need money to buy drugs.

Talking to the Bangladesh Post, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police( Detective Branch- Serious Crime Investigation Unit) Nazmul Hossain confirmed the information. According to the court documents, Md Abdus Salam, son of late Abdur Rashid Mir, hailing from Azimpur Mira Bari under Kazir Hat Upazila of Barishal district, who is the mastermind of the dope gang, prefers to recruit minor boys and physically challenged persons.

Salam is the kingpin of the influential gang of dope party. The gang has now more than fifty members. But police has already arrested 38 of them.
Detectives came to know that the gang leader Salam is now desperate to recruit only minor boys and extreme level drug addicts for dodging the law enforcers.

The DB team has recently arrested four minor boys in connection with their involvement in various criminal activities including snatching, theft and other crimes. The four minor boys are floating children in city’s Palashi area. Due to their minor ages, Bangladesh Post could not publish their detailed identities despite having all information about them.

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Two of their parents hail from Kishorganj district , one hails from Rangpur. But police failed to collect permanent address of another minor boy till filing the report. An officer of DMP on condition of anonymity, said, “ Police sometimes have to ignore the crimes of these type of criminals. All of them are serious drug addicts.”

Describing his one operation when a large number of dope party members were arrested , the officer said, “ We arrested some members of a dope party. Before producing them to the court, they were kept in police custody for few hours only.” But they disturbed us a lot. They repeatedly demanded for drugs to us, otherwise they threatened to commit suicide inside police custody, he narrated.

As a result, I along with my other officers had to remain up whole night so that the detained dope members cannot commit suicide in police custody.
A Sub-Inspector who currently works in Detective Branch of DMP exclusively told Bangladesh Post that in a latest drive against dope party, they arrested a minor boy. But when they were about to put handcuff around his wrists he attempted to slaughter his neck by a blade. At one stage, some senior officers suggested not to take him in custody to avoid further hassle.

Another senior AC, who also recently led special drive against a dope party said, “Since many of the dope party members are below 18, we had to produce them before the child court. The court later ordered them to keep them at the Child Development Centre in Gazipur.” Sometimes, we do not pick them up due to their minor age. But now I understand, the kingpin recruited them with ill-motive, he added.

AC Naimul said, “The gang not only recruits children, it also recruits physically challenged persons to get some extra privilege.” Describing the background of Iqbal Hossain,28, son of late Mobarak Hossain, hailing from Boro Naoga under Damudda Upazila of Shariatpur district, the police officer said, “ During the primary interrogation, Iqbal admitted that he sustained bullet injury in a gunfight with RAB few years ago while snatching.”

But after release from jail, he again got involved in crime, but this time, not hijacking as his one leg was completely damaged due to the RAB shootout. Salam recruited him as the second in command of his dope party. As he is a physically challenged person, no one suspects him even when he is in action of making a victim senseless.

Responding to a question, AC Nazmul said, “ The minor boys who were arrested on Friday from city, are actually all-rounders.” They work in dope gangs, they also work as hijackers, even they also work as thieves, he claimed.

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