RMG export item theft ring dismantled

Detectives have dismantled a network implicated in the theft of ready-to-wear items on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway from covered vans heading to the port for shipment.

DB officials on Saturday arrested five ring members in the Mirpur and Uttara areas of Dhaka and recovered 8,000 RMG items and seized two covered vans.

Police detected the ring while investigating a case filed by authorities at an RMG factory with the Uttara Paschim police station, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police additional commissioner for the division said on Sunday. AKM detectives Hafiz Akter during a briefing.

Those arrested are Sabuj, Motahar Hossain, Hanif, Nazrul Islam and Abul Kasem.

The network stole RMG items from covered vans on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway with the help of drivers and assistants, the officer said.

Manta Apparels, an Envoy Group company, shipped RMG items to Chile from its Ashulia factory in Dhaka.

The network stole the two covered vans containing more than 8,000 RMG items worth 60 lakh Tk, said Shahidur Rahman, deputy commissioner of the DB Motijheel division.

Manta Apparels authorities filed a complaint on Saturday over the incident.

DMP Additional Commissioner Hafiz said the network typically has a relationship with the drivers of covered vans, which transport RMG products from Dhaka and areas adjacent to Chattogram Port for shipment overseas.

Drivers stop vans in planned areas, where network members steal 30-35% of the items from each van, and then place boxes of clothing as before, Hafiz said.

He said the network stole the RMG items from covered vans almost daily.

Citing clothing traders, police said the theft of RMG export goods on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway had become a severe blow to the area.

Buyers feel like they are being cheated and stop buying from companies.

A month ago, police arrested five people from different parts of Chattogram on charges of stealing a covered van carrying a huge amount of ready-to-wear clothing from a factory owned by Sri Lankans.

The leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association BGMEA held a meeting in July with the Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Owners Association and asked them to ensure that a GPS tracker is installed in all vans loaded with goods to stop the theft during transport.

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