Around 50 armed robbers have become active in the capital and its neighbourhood, police said with Dhakaites worried about falling victim to these criminals.
Police investigating two cases of robbery in nearby Keraniganj area found that the robber gangs were active in and around the capital.In one incident, robbers murdered two people when they went into a house to loot valuables.
Police officer Shah Mizan Shafiur Rahman said on Friday that police have recently arrested two suspects of the robbery who committed the murders.
While interrogating the suspects, police came to know that 50 gangsters have been involved in robbery and other crimes in Dhaka city, Keraniganj, Kanchpur and Savar.
The gangsters are also involved in robbery in Munshiganj, Shariatpur, Gopalganj and Faridpur, the police officer said.
Police said the arrested duo admitted that the gangsters led by ringleaders Saiful and Mota Babul used to commit robbery in houses and buses on highways in these areas, police said.
Recently, police have arrested 17 suspected robbers from different parts of Ashulia and its nearby areas.Of them, Saiful and Mota Babul have been killed in separate encounters with law enforcers.
Sources said highways in these areas have turned a safe haven for criminals where incidents of robbery, hijacking and other crimes are being committed.
Passenger buses, goods-laden vehicles and even ambulances are all falling prey to the highwaymen.
Night coaches become the target of the robbers who lie in wait and swoop on vehicles during traffic gridlocks.
Some victims alleged that such robberies are continuing unabated as police do not respond soon to the crimes.
Last month, detectives arrested 11 members of a robber gang from Sayedabad area in the capital.
The arrestees were identified as Rafiqul Islam alias Babu, Hafizur Rahman alias Sumon, Atiqul Islam Khan alias Alauddin, Safi alias Babul, Kamrul Islam, Alamgir Gazi alias Pata, Abdul Jalal Sheikh, Sohel Rana alias Joy, Tazrul Islam, Md Manik and Abdul Khaleq Howladher.
A team of detectives arrested the gangsters who were planning to commit shop robbery in Sayedabad area, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
They used to commit robbery at different places in Bangladesh and India, sources at the Detective Branch of Police said.
Apart from robbery, they also used to cheat targeted rich people by bringing them into different rented flats in Dhaka through luring them with girls.
The DB team also recovered a pipe gun, three rounds of cartridge, five machetes, three knives, an iron rod, an electric machine, 10 grill cutters and a truck.
They used to commit robbery in different households and business houses in Dhaka, Jessore, Bagerhat and Patuakhali, the sources also said.
They tried to commit robbery in a wholesale cloth shop in Cumilla on March 16 and Tazmahal market in Moulvibazar on March 18, but their attempts went in vain due to police vigilance, they said.
A police official at Ashulia police station said the gang used to commit robbery on Dhaka-Aricha and Dhaka-Tangail highways.
According to highway bus drivers and victims, most robbery incidents occur due to lack of security camps at important points of highways and shortage of security forces.
According to drivers and security forces, vehicles running on the highway are taken hostage by some 6 to 7 organised gang of robbers.
Most robberies take place in seven points from Feni’s Lalapul to Kumira of Chittagong’s Sitakunda.
Sometimes, robbers put barricade with trees in front of a moving vehicles and snatch cash and valuables at gunpoint.