Bangladesh arrests 3 men linked to Mediterranean boat tragedy

Tragedy

Some of their victims are feared to have died when a boat they were on capsized in the Mediterranean as they tried to make their way to Europe.

“Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion rounded up the three from different parts of Dhaka on Thursday night,’’ battalion spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan said.

Khan said that the syndicate the three men belonged to lured Bangladeshi youths to make the perilous journey for a better life in Europe in exchange for a huge amount of money.

“Each of the overseas job seekers had to pay an amount ranging from 800,000 to 1 million taka (almost 9,500 to 11,800 dollars) to arrange the journey from Libya,’’ he added.

No fewer than 39 Bangladeshi nationals are feared dead after an overcrowded boat carrying migrants from Libya sank off the coast of Tunisia on May 10.

According to Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry, 14 Bangladeshis were rescued from the sea.

Almost 150 migrants, including Bangladeshis and Egyptians, had reportedly set sail from Libya for Italy on two boats on May 9.