In a major catch for Assam Police, four out of five Bangladeshi nationals were nabbed on money laundering charges in Silchar on Sunday.
Following a tip-off by an informer and a victim of their nefarious designs of taking Indian currency in exchange of Saudi Arabian riyal, Baskandi Police Outpost in-charge Atiqur Rehman and Lakhipur’s SDPO Anurag Sharma led a team to nab these offenders.
Ripon Khan, 32, Mohammad Ashad, 39, Suman Fakir, 30 and Jamal Munsi, 35, were apprehended in Silchar town, while one Mohammad Kabir Sardar managed to flee from the spot.
SDPO Sharma informed, “Their sinister design was to lure residents of this region for Indian currency in exchange of fake Saudi riyals and it was going on for the last one month.”
“They had entered India through Tripura with bonafide Bangladesh passports and searched for baits in this region,” said Sharma.
The victim, speaking to Northeast Now, on condition of anonymity said, “I was approached to give them Rs 2 lakh of Indian currency in exchange for one lakh of Saudi Arabian riya which equals more than Rs 19 lakh and very tough to resist.”
SDPO Sharma, speaking to Northeast Now, “All of them are residents of Gopalganj area, located near Dhaka in Bangladesh and we have seized several SIM cards, mobile phones and fake Saudi riyals from them.”
The SDPO further said, “All of them have been sent to Silchar’s Sadar Police Station where they are being interrogated to find more details about their dealings and nefarious designs.”