Teknaf, Bangladesh: Two human traffickers were arrested and four Burmese girls were rescued from traffickers by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on February 25 at about 2 am from Teknaf, the border town of Bangladesh, said a close aide of Rab.

On receiving information, the Rab in Teknaf went to the house of Md. Yunus and raided it on February 25, at around 2 am and rescued four Burmese girls. They arrested the house owner Md. Yunus and Commissioner Akram of Teknaf. But two others human traffickers managed to escape.  

The rescued girls were dentified as Taslim Fatema alias Ragi (15), daughter of  Md. Yunus   hailing from ward No. 2, Rashida Begum (17), daughter of Khalo, hailing from  ward No. 5, Taslima Begum (12),  daughter of Md. Khan, belonging to ward No. 4, and Mostafa Bi Bi ( 10), daughter of Emam Hussain, hailing from ward No.3. All the four girls belong to Maungdaw Town, Arakan State. 

The girls were brought to Teknaf , Bangladesh after crossing the Naff River from Maungdaw Town , Burma by an old woman named Massoda  Khatun (50), wife of Fazal Ahmed from Maung Ni Para of Maungdaw Township . She has been involved in human trafficking for a long time.

The woman brought the four girls to Teknaf and handed them over to her son Md. Yunus (25), who is also involved in human trafficking and is living in Hari Para of Teknaf. The three others human traffickers are Basha, son of ex-custom officer Kasim of Maungdaw town, Zago who is living in Teknaf and Akram, the commissioner of Teknaf upazila. They are living in Teknaf. They shelter people who are trafficked and worked in league with the mother and son.

However, on February 15, the rescued girls were sent to their parents in Maungdaw town. The arrested commissioner Akram was released after preliminary interrogations, but Md. Yunus was brought to the Rab Headquarters of No.7 of Chittagong for further interrogations, the aide added.