The man, who stole two mobile phone sets and a wallet of Kamalapur Railway Station Manager Masud Sarwar during a recent press briefing, was arrested.
A team of DB Gulshan Division arrested the man named Aziz Mohammad, 45, who was an imam ( a prayer leader of mosque) and his two associates—Rony Howlader, 40 and Jakir Hossain, 25—from different parts of the capital on Wednesday. Some 17 stolen mobile sets, including the two of the station master, were recovered from them.
At about 10:20am on March 23, Kamalapur Railway Station Manager Masud Sarwar was holding a press briefing at his office room on the sales of advance train tickets.
During the briefing, his two mobile phone sets and a wallet having Tk 45,000 and some necessary papers on a table were tactfully stolen. The incident went viral on social media and mass media published and aired reports on it.
On Aziz, the DB officer said that Aziz is a hafiz (someone who has completely memorised the holy Quran). He was an imam (prayer leader of mosque) at different mosques in Saudi Arabia.
Side by side leading prayers, he drove vehicles too, the officer said, adding at one point, he began lifting vehicles.
He suffered three years in jail for car lifting in the foreign country and returned to Bangladesh in 2018, and began living at a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar where he jobbed as a teacher of a madrasa.
During primarily interrogation, he said that he stole eight to 10 mobile sets from passengers, passerby and patients at Kamalapur Railway Station, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, TSC chattar, Nagar Bhaban, Gulistan, Dhanmondi Lake and Jatrabari areas every week.