Street mugging is continuing unchecked in the capital and elsewhere in the country despite an ongoing police crackdown against the crime.
Mugging and extortion are still rampant at many intersections, thoroughfares and lanes though police have taken tight security measures, city dwellers said.Armed muggers have become active again in committing mugging in the capital in recent times, sources said.
Some people have fallen prey to muggers and lost their valuables in recent times. Most of them did not go to police, fearing harassment, sources said.
Law enforcers have increased their presence at strategic points to arrest muggers, extortionists and dope gangsters, DMP deputy commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman said.
He said more than 100 suspected muggers and dope gagsters were arrested from different places of the capital in the last one month.
Two journalists have recently become victim of daring mugging and lost their valuables.
Police said armed muggers swooped on Masud Alam, a special correspondent of Prothom Alo, near Ramna Park on Friday night.A mugger gang stabbed Masud and looted his money and mobile phone.
Besides, Mohsin Bepari, a staff reporter of Bangladesh Shangbad Shanstha (BSS), came under muggers’ attack on Tuesday morning on his way to Sadarghat area.
The miscreants snatched Tk 146,000 and three mobile phones at gunpoint at Nandolal Lane in the capital.
Meanwhile, journalists’ leaders urged police to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the attack on Mohsin.
On January 26, muggers killed a woman, crushing her under their car while snatching her purse in the capital.
Besides, snatchers stabbed a youth to death while robbing him in Sayedabad area the same day.
A baby died after falling from her mother’s lap at Doyaganj in Dhaka as the woman was robbed of by a mugger gang.