Bagerhat, May 31: Ten members of the Master Bahini, a pirate group of the Sundarbans’ area, surrendered on Tuesday to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
In the surrender programme, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “We all hope to see the Sundarbans as save place and in direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Sundarbans was developed so that tourists can move freely and enjoy the scenic beautification of Sundarbans.”
The minister also said, “the government has a plan to deploy some extra law enforcing members in a bid to strengthen the capacity of RAB, Coast Guard and police, so that they can take immediate steps in any unpleasant incidents in the areas.”
Those pirates who are yet to surrender to the police, the minister urged them to surrender.
The minister also praises to journalists while he was addressing on the occasion of surrender programme at Mongla Port.
The Master Bahini also handed over 51 firearms over 5,000 bullets including 18 single-barrel guns, 8 double barreled guns, 5 rifles, 5 shotguns.
Head of RAB-8 Colonel Lieutenant Faridul Alam confirmed the matters.
“They have formally surrendered in the presence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at Mongla Port premises around 3:00pm” Faridur Alam said.
The pirates had been involved with crimes like abduction of fishermen and murder in the area for the last 20 years.
The RAB official said this was the first time that any forest pirate group has surrendered to the law enforcers.
The members are ringleader Mostafa Sheikh alias Kader Master, 46, Mohammad Sultan Khan, 58, Mohammad Sohagh Akon, 37, Mohammad Fazlu Sheikh, 35, Mohammad Solaiman Sheikh, 28, Mohammad Shahin Sheikh, 28, and Mohammad Sumon Sarker, 34.
Gang leader Mostafa formed the ‘Master Bahini’ several years ago.