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Ringleader of robberies at Rapa Plaza, Ashulia arrested

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30th September, 2021 05:48:13 PM
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Ringleader of robberies at Rapa Plaza, Ashulia arrested

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has arrested the ringleader of the robbery incidents at Rapa Plaza and 19 gold shops at Ashulia from the capital’s Hazaribagh area.

A team of the CID captured the ringleader Sohrab Howlader alias Sohrab Master, 48, son of late Mohammad Howlader of east Toyka under Muladi upazila of Barishal on Wednesday night.

 Imam Hossain, additional deputy inspector general (Dhaka Metro) of the CID, briefed this to reporters at the CID headquarters on Thursday.

The officer said that Sohrab led a big number of robberies at different points of the country. Of the incidents, he could remember only eight incidents, including Rapa Plaza at Dhanmondi and Nayerhat in Ashulia, said the officer.

On the robbery at Rajlaxmi Jewellers at Rapa Plaza in Dhanmondi on early on February 8, the officer described that some robbers entered the plaza before its closing on the day of incident.

“They stayed at the toilets of the plaza. When the market was closed, they came out of the toilets.  After that, Sohrab and other robbers stormed into it and looted about 200 bhories of gold ornaments from Rajlaxmi  Jewellers,” he said. Four robbers involved in the  robbery were arrested and three of them gave confessional statements before a Dhaka court, he said.

The cops recovered 12 bhories of gold worth Tk 8.4 lakh robbed from the Rajlaxmi Jewellers., the officer added.

On the gruesome robbery at 19 gold shops at Nayerhat in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital early on September 7, the officer narrated that about 20 to 22 robbers led by Sohrab gathered at Mawaghat in Munshiganj previous day.

“From the Mawaghat, they boarded in a trawler in the Padma River and went the mid of the river.  After that, they boarded in several speedboats and reached the Nayarhat area through the Turag River.”

Afterwards, they entered the bazar they recced before the day of incident and tied some night guards with rope and held them hostage in a shop there.

Finally, they robbed gold and silver ornaments and cash taka from 19 gold shops and fled the scene, he said.

The police so far arrested 15 robbers involved in the Nayarhat robbery incident; of them, 10 gave confessional statements before the court, the officer said.

The policemen recovered 20 bhories of gold ornaments worth Tk 14 lakh and Tk 2.8 lakh in cash robbed from there. 

On the Mawaghat, Imam said that the ghat had become a hotspot of crime as lawmen could hardly notice gathering of the criminals there amid the huge people coming and going to and from the capital through it.

The LIC section of the CID with the assistance of some other units operated the operations to capture the ringleader and some criminals involved in the crimes.