Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police have arrested model Faria Mahbub Piasha in an operation during which they found drugs at her home in Dhaka’s Baridhara on allegation of extorting people through blackmailing.
The police conducted another drive on a house in Mohammad after Piasha’s arrest at house No. 3 on road No. 9 in Baridhara on Sunday night, said Hafiz Akter, an additional commissioner at the police’s Detective Branch.
The police found yaba, liquor and shisha at her flat in Baridhara.
Another model, Mou Akter, was arrested in the operation at Mohammadpur, said Harunor Rashid, a joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
“They are members of a group that carry out organized blackmailing. Piasha lives in the house alone. Mou’s house is similar to Piasha’s. People from affluent families visit the houses to do drugs. They (members of the gang) click photos and blackmail them”.
“They have many other allegations against them. We are investigating these,” Harunor added.
Piasha is the former wife of Shafat Ahmed, son of Dildar Ahmed Selim, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers.
The name of Piasha, a former director of private station Asian TV, had surfaced earlier in a case over the alleged rape of a student by Shafat at Banani’s Raintree Hotel in 2017.
Dildar accused Piasha of extortion later.
Recently, Piasha’s name came up again in a case over the death of college student Mosarat Jahan Muniya. Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir was accused of abetting the alleged suicide of Muniya following an affair with the young woman. Later investigation agency submitted final report.
Piasha, a “family friend”, called Muniya to Sayem’s mother “to talk Muniya out of her affair with a married man”.
Piasha denied threatening Muniya, as mentioned in a case started by her family.
Wealthy target preying of Piasha and others
According to sources, Faria Mahbub Piasha and few more models and actresses of Dhaka’s film and drama circle are infamous for extorting large amount of money from various well-off individuals through blackmailing. The source said, Piasha used to sleep at her apartment during the day time and went out in the evening. She was visiting various clubs and posh hotels in the city looking for targets. Once she succeeded in luring the target, he would be taken to Piasha’s Baridhara apartment, where the organized gang of the model would secretly film illicit activities of the target. Later Piasha would demand large amount of cash from the victim saying she would otherwise send the video footage to his family members.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police said, they also have several allegations of blackmailing and extortion against model Mou Akter.