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Fraud in the name of sending people to Saudi Arabia

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  • 14 August, 2022 09:33:22

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News Desk: An organization named Metro Trade International (RL-374) operating in the capital's Uttara has been accused of stealing large sums of money from people in different districts of the country in the name of sending people to Saudi Arabia. In protest of this, on Saturday (August 13) at 11 o'clock, half a hundred victims and their families formed a human chain in front of the office of the organization located on Sonargaon Road, Uttara Sector 7.

The victims of the human chain said that two brothers named Nazrul Islam and Mofizul Islam have embezzled several crores of rupees from their various people by opening the company called Metro Trade International. The company sent victims' relatives to Saudi Arabia in exchange for large sums of money with the lure of high-paying jobs, but they were not provided with legal work papers (aqama).

A victim named Belayt Hossain, who participated in the human chain, said that Nazrul Islam, the owner of Metro Trade International, took Tk 16 lakh cash from him on the promise of giving a high-paying work visa to Saudi Arabia to a total of five people, including one of his female relatives. Nazrul Islam cracked his head as he asked for the money back as he could not pay the visa till now. Later, the Metro Trade Authority released him after signing a white paper.

Moniruzzaman Sagar, a victim of fraud, said, "In 2019, fraudster Nazrul Islam and his brother Mofizul Islam sent 9 people I know to Saudi Arabia to work on cleaner visas at the airport in Saudi Arabia with Tk 23 lakh. But actually they are made to work in construction and chicken farms instead of working at the airport. They did not even pay the Akama of many. Some of them returned to Bangladesh after serving jail time in Saudi Arabia. Now when we ask for money back, the owners of Metro Trade are threatening us."

A man named Abul Hossain said, "The owner of Metro Trade International sent my son Russell to Saudi Arabia a month ago with Tk 3.5 lakh. A few days ago, Russell called and told that he was locked up in a house in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. My son is living there without eating because the company does not give any work. I want my son back.”

The victims, who staged a human chain that lasted for almost an hour, sought the government's cooperation to recover their compensation from Metro Trade International and demanded exemplary punishment including the immediate arrest of the company's directors.

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