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Navy sues 105 for illegal voyage to Malaysia
Nazmus Sakib with Nurul Amin from Chittagong
Publish Date : 2014-11-20,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 16
Bangladesh Navy has sued 105 Bangladeshi and Myanmar citizens in connection with the illegal voyage to Malaysia by sea where around 600 trafficking victims rescued.
Lieutenant Commander Mahbubur Rahman,  Executive Officer of BNS Banglar Durjoy, lodged two cases against them on Wednesday after seizure of the trawler in the deep sea around 135 nautical miles off the coast of Saint Martin's Island around 2:30 pm on Monday.
Of the two cases registered with Patenga Police Station, one was against 82 persons under the Foreigner Act for trespassing in Bangladesh while the other was against 23 under the Human Trafficking Act, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Officer-in-charge of the police station told The Daily Observer.
He said the 105 were arrested at the time of seizure of the trawler. They were sent to the jail by a Chittagong Court on Wednesday. On the other hand, the rest 487 passengers were released after interrogation.
The OC said that they would seek a 7-day remand against each of the 23 accused of human trafficking.
Meanwhile, the BNS Banglar Durjoy arrived in Chittagong with the rescued 592 persons around 6 pm on Tuesday. The rescued persons include male, female and even the children.
Among them, nearly 90 per cent are Bangladeshi and the rest are Myanmar citizens.
This is the largest number of people rescued from the hands of traffickers in the Bay.

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