Currency counterfeiters, dopers and muggers have become active in the capital and other parts of the country ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.
Detectives have found the activeness of the criminal gangs after arresting some of their members from different places in the last few days.
Currency fakers and dopers are now using novel tactics to commit crimes, they said.
The menace of such criminals is increased in shopping malls, cattle markets on Eid and other occasions.
Police have urged cattle traders to receive money after checking through fake note detecting machines.
They also called on them to refrain from taking tea from footpath tea-stalls.
Detectives have asked lessees of cattle markets not to allow any hawkers on their premises.
A detective team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested eight currency counterfeiters and recovered Tk 75 lakh fake notes from their possession on Friday.
Kawser Hamid, ringleader of a currency-faking gang, owns three currency-counterfeiting factories in the capital.
The gang used to flood markets with Tk 40 to 50 lakh fake notes in various ways. The gang has become active ahead of Eid.
Police rounded up 57 members of dope gangs from different parts of the city.
The gangsters mug their targets in guise of tea, coffee, juice, coconut, water, betel-leaf and cream sellers.
The arrestees have confessed to police that they have become more active ahead of the upcoming religious festival.
On August 12, five people, who fell victim to a dope gang at Farmgate, were admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
On August 8, six people were admitted to the same hospital after being unconscious in Gabtoli, Jatrabari and Gulistan areas of the city.
Another person fell victim to ‘agyan’ party men in a running bus on Mirpur-Mohakhali route a few days back.
The bus conductor told the daily sun that five passengers boarded the bus at Mirpur, but got off the bus halfway.
One of the five sat beside the victim, he informed.
A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police nabbed eight muggers from New Market and Jatrabari areas on Friday.
They were identified as Sazzad Hossain Sagar, Ali Hasan, Sabuj Biswas, Rocky, Mukta Begum, Bebi Akhter, Nupur and Liton Mia.
During primary interrogation, they confessed to police that they usually target big festivals to rob people.
They have become more active targeting the upcoming Eid.
Abdul Baten, additional commissioner (DB) of DMP, admitted that the criminals already became active ahead of the Muslim festival.
He said police have been alerted to combat the crime.
“Policemen have been posted at various cattle markets, terminals and jetties to curb the crime,” he said.
He urged all to remain aware about the criminals.