Some of the traffickers are clerics from Nayapara refugee camp
Burma Times Correspondent: April 21, 2015
Human traffickers say they have thrown two brothers into the sea following the family’s inability to pay money.
Mokbul Ahmed and Mohammed Alam along with their sister and her two small children boarded a Malaysia boat about a month back.
Since then the traffickers have been asking their mother Ayesha Bibi to pay them 1.2 million Bangladesh taka (more than 16 million kyat) for their safe journey.
Ayesha however failed to gather the money. In response her two sons were thrown into the sea where they drowned to death.
Ayesha filed a case in a local court but authorities did not record the incident.
Sources say the human traffickers have good relations with Bangladesh authorities.
Two of the human traffickers who arranged the journey are Nurul Haque and Mohammad Noor. They are both religious clerics who live in Block C of the Nayapara refugee camp.
Earlier the refugee family from Alikadam in the Bandarban area met Nurul Haque when he had gone to their area as a preacher and Imam (prayer leader). The family were convinced that they could trust Nurul who looked and spoke like a deeply religious man.
According to Nurul’s instructions they went to the remote island of Shahpuri Deep from where they boarded the boat in mid March. They were then told that they could pay the money in their own time at a leisurely pace.
However soon after that, Nurul and his partner Noor contacted their mother Ayesha and said that unless she paid the money at once, their family members would be thrown into the sea one by one. When she failed to make the payment, the criminals said that her two sons have been thrown into the sea.
Now she is being asked to pay 600,000 Bangladesh taka for her daughter and two grandchildren.
The daughter has been identified as Shomsheda Begum. Her two children are 8 year Md Ali and 5 year Taslima Begum.