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Boy Freed 3 Days into Abduction

Confusion over ransom

Family gives no figure; Rab speaks of Tk 50 lakh; IGP differs

Bullet-hit Parag's mother, middle, was admitted at another hospital but she moved to Square Hospitals in the capital yesterday so that she could be beside the six year old, who was abducted Sunday morning and abandoned by the kidnappers early yesterday.Photo: STAR

A day after abducted kindergarten student Parag Mondol was found in Keraniganj, conflicting stories have emerged surrounding the ransom.

According to Rab intelligence and other sources, a ransom of more than Tk 1 crore was paid to a gang led by a listed criminal who recently came out of jail on bail in an abduction and arms case.

"We had all the information regarding the deal between Parag's family and abductors. But we didn't intervene considering the boy's safety and that is how the criminals escaped after taking the ransom money," said Lt Col Ziaul Ahsan, director of Rab's Intelligence Wing.

"We have specific information that Parag's family paid a ransom of Tk 50 lakh in cash for his release. This was not made known to us by the family, though.”

Also, several sources insist that the actual ransom amount was more than Tk 1 crore.

But Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker differed on the issue of ransom and claimed that the child had been rescued through police intelligence activities and application of “strategic techniques”.

IGP Khandker declined to disclose the “strategic techniques”, saying, "The strategy of the law enforcers and intelligence should never be disclosed for the sake of arresting the criminals."

He refused to admit the failure of law enforcers and intelligence in rescuing the boy as well as in arresting the criminals. "The police may not be successful instantly in every case. There is still scope of arresting the criminals and bringing them to book."

While the family of the boy still remains anxious about the child's security and safety, both the IGP and Rab intelligence chief claimed that they were firm in their position to arrest the abductors keeping the safety of the boy and his family in their consideration.

Yesterday, Director of the Legal and Media Wing of Rab Commander M Sohail said now that the boy had been found they were trying to arrest the criminals.

"The criminals had assigned one Kala Chan in Keraniganj to watch the movement of Parag's family. We learnt that he was paid a split of Tk 4 lakh from the ransom money. But all of a sudden he has mysteriously disappeared [from yesterday]."

Sources say this Kala Chan was actually arrested by Rab.

Rab said it had failed to arrest the main culprit, although it was keeping track of the kidnappers by tapping mobile phone conversations until Parag was found early yesterday.

Lt Col Ziaul Ahsan added the battalion had identified a mid-level criminal, active mainly in Old Dhaka and Keraniganj area, as the main culprit. "The criminal had planned the abduction soon after he came out of prison on bail recently."

On the matter of ransom, he said, "The money was handed over to the kidnappers at a place in the city outskirts, a few kilometres away from Aminbazar around 9:00pm, about three hours before the child was found at Atibazar [a few kilometres off the place where the transaction took place].”

When the money was handed over, a Rab team was nearby. But since the child had not yet been found, they could not make a move. The gang managed to get away, he added.

A day before, Commanding Officer of Rab-10 Lt Col Kamrul Hasan had said they had information that the abductors had demanded Tk 2 crore from the family. But the family did not disclose this to the law enforcers.

So far, the family has remained tight-lipped on the issue of ransom fearing a backlash. However, Parag's uncle Pradip Kumar Dutta Tuesday night said the family had its own “arrangement” to rescue the child.

Meanwhile, police arrested a person in Munshiganj in connection with the abduction of Parag. Mamun Mia, 43, of Shuvadya Purba Gram, was arrested in Nimtali area of Sirajdikhan upazila, reports our Munshiganj Correspondent.

Afzal Hossain, sub-inspector of South Keraniganj Police Station, told The Daily Star last night that they were certain about Mamun's involvement in the crime.

Captain Abhishek Ahmed, Rab's legal and media wing deputy director, said last night that they had identified some of the criminals involved in the abduction.

Son of businessman Bimol Chandra Mondol of Keraniganj, Parag was abducted by a band of armed criminals on the morning of November 11 while he along with his two sisters and mother was about to get into their car for going to school.

The criminals also fired two shots at his mother, one at his elder sister and another at the driver of the car.

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That law and order situation has deteriorated and is still on the slide. Denying the reality is akin to encouraging lawlessness and criminality. This is mainly due to political criminalization which has engulfed all levels and segments of society, and due to abysmal moral degradation. Each of the political parties now maintain a posse of armed hoodlums who earn their bread on the spoils of plunder, and almost in all cases to the knowledge of law enforcers having a share in it. It has become a matter of grave concern to the innocent citizens that there is now practically a vacuum where victims can go and seek justice. The helplessness becomes all the more obvious when we fail to witness success stories on the part of law enforcers even though they are loud in professing useless promises of assurance. The government failed to trace the abductors of Elias Ali, the murderers of Sagar-Runi, and even in this case to rescue Parag. The parents had to strike a deal to get back their son. Wake up, deliver or face people’s wrath before you totally destroy this fine institution which has a glorious past.

: Dr. Iftikhar-ul-Awwal

Bangladesh is in a 'failed state' period.

: Salam


  • Truth Teller
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 07:40 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    I am glad to see that this beautiful young boy is safe and back to his parents. However, I am shocked by the fact that someone could try to harm such an innocent boy for money. This boy will never forget the traumatic event that has happened to him in his young life and will remain with him as long as he lives. I wish him a long peaceful life. And, no thanks to the police for their inaction.

  • Mansurul Alam
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 07:46 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    News showed that AL Jubo League has connected with the abduction and ransom.

  • anxious
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 09:24 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Law and order has collapsed completely. Truly speaking we are living in such a country where there is no law at all.

  • Shekhar Dev
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:23 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    In what environment are we living? Criminals abduct our son and give back in exchange of ransom!

  • Emdad Hoque
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:28 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    This poor little Parag is so lucky that his family was able to arrange such a big amount of money within a short notice. I really can't believe how exausted /stressed he could be! May Allah recover him soon.

  • Md. Zahedul Islam, Chittagong
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:57 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    Ransom, killing, rape is happening at alarming day by day. Its not time to keep mum and need come forward for government to eradicate this sort of offenses as soon as possible.

  • Jumaan Sarwar
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:53 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    The state of the state is pretty much sealed when two sets of law and protocol is provided, harboured and nurtured by the highest office of the nation.

  • Dev Saha
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 01:15 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    The man gets bail and commits another crime right away? It sounds like country has become a revolving door for many criminals.





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