KUALA LUMPUR – Police have reportedly detained a Bangladeshi film director, Anonno Mamun (pic), and his assistant Miraz on charge of human trafficking.
The Bangladeshi director was detained on Sunday evening when he came to Kuala Lumpur to organise a cultural event, ‘Cinematic Bangladeshi Nights’, Bangladeshi news portal Prothom Alo reported yesterday.
According to the report, Mamun was accused of trafficking 57 people to Malaysia in the name of arranging the cultural event. Police also held 57 allegedly trafficked people for interrogation, it added.
The portal quoted Bangladesh high commissioner in Malaysia Md Shahidul Islam as saying: “We’ve learnt about the incident and we’re looking into the matter. This kind of incident in a foreign country is very embarrassing.”
It said a team of Bangladeshi artistes including director Debasish Biswas, singer Asif Akbar, film actresses Ireen, and Mishti Jannat, actors Nirab and Imon, model and actresses Anika Kabir Shokh and Anisha Habib Bhabna and members of musical band Chirkut are in Kuala Lumpur to perform in the programme.
“We’ve come to know that Anonno Mamum has brought 57 people to Malaysia in the name of the cultural event,” presenter of the cultural programme Debasish Biswas told the portal.
“He has taken money from all of them. Each of them has already confessed that to the Malaysian police. A team of Malaysian police has talked with us. We had no idea about this before.”