Hoodwinked with bait of good days

About a month prior, Nazmul Haque Mujad, a distinctions third-year understudy in Rajshahi, found out about an occupation in Dhaka from one of his companions named Kabirul Islam Akib.

Akib revealed to Mujad the pay would be about Tk 20,000 every month and furthermore, he would get commissions on deals.

For somebody like Mujad, who was attempting to help his training as a result of destitution, the activity looked so worthwhile that he quit his examinations and went right to the money to join the organization, without recognizing what the activity duties would be.

At the firm, housed at a structure in Uttara, the 23-year-old was educated around “three bundles” including Tk 30,500, Tk 40,500 and Tk 50,500.

Mujad, 23, was baited into picking the primary bundle, and he paid the organization authorities Tk 30,500 as “refundable security cash”. He needed to get it from certain loan specialists in Rajshahi on high interests.

“The higher the security cash the higher the compensation,” he stated, including that he was told he would take up a three-month preparing and get a month to month compensation of Tk 8,000 alongside free settlement and sustenance during the period.

“There were numerous different young people like me, and the initial three days went well. Be that as it may, on the fourth day, some folks from the firm took all our cell phones. They at that point requested that we call our companions and gave them a similar employment bids,” he said.

The conduct of the organization staff members made Mujad and different young people understand that they were caught. When they attempted to leave the spot, they were scared.

Mujad stated, “As I requested my Tk 30,500, a man named Shahadat disclosed to me that they spent Tk 11,000 for my sustenance and Tk 11,000 for my convenience. He offered me a blender or a supper set for the remainder of the cash.

“It was theft with no attempt at being subtle. We as a whole were tricked along these lines. ”

Defenseless, Mujad and different young people began contemplating a departure course. They assembled fortitude and figured out how to illuminate the issue to the law implementers through their companions.

On Saturday, Rapid Action Battalion assaulted a few leased condos of the organization – Lifeway Bangladesh (Pvt) Limited – and protected around 150 adolescents, including 30 females, Assistant Superintendent of Police Sujoy Sarker, activities official of Rab-1, revealed to The Daily Star yesterday.

Rab likewise captured eight suspects during the attacks, he said.

Those saved included Mujad and his companion Akib.

ASP Sujoy said the Multi-level Marketing (MLM) organization stole crores of taka with guarantees of employments that don’t exist.

The organization focused on helpless jobseekers in various regions and attracted them into going along with it with phony guarantees of good compensations and different advantages, including free settlement and benefits, the authority stated, including that the exploited people were told the firm was controlled by present and previous authorities of various government and private associations.

Now and again, they took up to Tk 50,000 from each jobseeker for the sake of “refundable security cash”. They likewise took the jobseekers’ marks on clear papers, Rab authorities said.

The organization authorities much of the time changed lofts with the goal that they couldn’t be followed and the exploited people have less odds of knowing one another, he included.

Another unfortunate casualty, Mohammad Milon, 20, from Noakhali’s Begumganj, said he went to the Uttara office on accepting a telephone call from his companion Zia.

As Milon touched base at the workplace, he was advised his activity is post promotions on the web.

Those running the workplace revealed to him they were working for an extraordinary government body, Milon stated, including that he was guaranteed a pay of Tk 15,000 just as free convenience, sustenance and treatment.

Milon, who gave the organization Tk 50,000 as “security cash”, was taken to a condo where he met 15 different young people.

“The young people quickly revealed to me that I had committed an error,” Milon reviewed.

He said those from the organization guaranteed him that the adolescents were lying. They additionally took him to eateries and other recreational spots.

“In any case, following a couple of days, they began tormenting me rationally. I had to persuade two regarding my companions into coming here and storing Tk 50,000 every,” he said.

He included 15 jobseekers from Noakhali had come to work for the organization.

During the Rab drive, just three of them were safeguarded. “We don’t have the foggiest idea about the whereabouts of the rest,” he said.

Milon said a few authorities left the Lifeway available time before the Rab drive saying they were heading off to Cox’s Bazar. “The 12 young people were presumably with them,” he said.

Faruk Hossain, another injured individual who is from Shariatpur, said the organization did not create or sell any items.

“They plunder cash from jobseekers. It’s swindling,” he said.

Milon has documented a body of evidence against the organization for extortion with Turag Police Station, said its official in-control Nurul Muttakin.

Those captured on Saturday are Md Mortuza, 28, Hossain Ahmed Khan nom de plume Shahadat, 22, Arif Hossain false name Ahsan Habib, 20, Aminul Islam, 22, Obaidul Haque, 27, Yamin Islam, 20, Naznin Sultana Nisha, 29, and Ismail Hossain, 27.

As indicated by media reports, Rab had captured 34 individuals from the organization in assaults a year ago.

Rab authorities said in spite of the fact that the firm has no permit, it has branches in Gazipur, Tongi, Jatrabari, and Savar.

The Daily Star attempted to contact Lifeway Bangladesh (Pvt) Limited experts a few times yesterday, however none of them reacted to telephone calls.

On April 19, The Daily’s Star Weekend magazine ran a report on this organization under the feature “Old Wine In A New Bottle.”

As per the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC) – the sole expert to encourage the development of organizations and monitor all possession related issues endorsed by the laws in Bangladesh – Lifeway Bangladesh (Pvt) Limited was enlisted under the Companies Act 1994 of every 2010, the report said.

The organization was enlisted to carry on the matter of general exchanging/staggered promoting/direct deals showcasing/arrange advertising and locally established promoting of electrical and electronic merchandise. In any case, later, after endorsement of the Multi-Level Marketing Control Act 2013, Lifeway again connected for a permit to work MLM business in the nation in 2014, however it was dismissed by the RJSC, the report included.

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