Dancer Evan put on 7-day remand
Published: 02:06 PM, 21 September 2020
Evan Shahriar Sohag; File Photo
A court on Monday has granted a seven-day remand to national award-winning dancer and choreographer Evan Shahriar Sohag in a case filed under the Human Trafficking Act.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Begum Yasmin Ara granted the remand after hearing.
The investigating officer of the case appealed to the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court on September 15 for seven-day remand to Evan to find out who is involved in the human trafficking ring.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahmuda Begum fixed September 21 for a seven-day remand hearing in the presence of Evan.
Meanwhile, CID Assistant Superintendent of Police Mrinal Kanti Shah filed a case under the Human Trafficking Act on July 2 against nine people, including the main culprit Azam Khan, for trafficking and forcibly detaining and sexually abusing many Bangladeshi women in other countries, including Dubai.
The accused are Alamin Hossain alias Diamond, 26, Swapan Hossain, 28, Azam Khan, 45, Nazim, 36, Ershad and Nirmal Das (agent), Alamgir, Aman (agent) and Shuvo (agent).
In the petition, the investigating officer of the case mentioned that Evan Shahriar Sohag was arrested from the Gulshan Niketan area on September 11. The next day the court ordered him sent to jail.
The accused offered to teach the victims to dance and send them abroad for a good salary. If the victims agree to their proposal, they will be paid Tk 50,000 per month in exchange for dancing and singing in the club, said the petition.
The victims relied on the accused in good faith and agreed to go to other countries, including Dubai. Accused Azam Khan, with the help of his brother Nazim and Ershad, prepared the victim’s passport and necessary documents.
Then in May 2019, the victim named Moyna was taken to Sharjah in Dubai and sexually abused by various people including Azam Khan. But after going to Dubai, the accused did not pay any salary to her.
The accused, in collaboration with anonymous agents including defendants Nirmal Dan, Alamgir, Aman and Shuvo, selected the victims Aleya and Moni Akhter through dance clubs in different places including Dhaka.
Thus, taking advantage of the simplicity of many Bangladeshi women, the accused trafficked them to other countries including Dubai and forcibly detained and sexually abused them, the investigation officer mentioned in the remand petition.
Accused Nirmal Chandra Das made a confessional statement in court on August 13 after his arrest, saying “Evan hired two artists, Odhora and Bithi, to perform abroad. Accused Yeasin also gave the same confessional statement in court on August 20.
The remand petition further said that the accused have been trafficking Bangladeshi girls to different countries including Dubai for a long time. Three victims have already testified in court against them. The accused are active members of the international human trafficking ring.
The investigating officer mentioned in the petition that Evan needs to be remanded in police custody for seven days to unveil the main mystery of the case, arrest the fugitive accused and find out who else is involved with the accused.