Wednesday, 17 August, 2022

Extortionists, muggers active ahead of Eid

Extortionists, muggers active ahead of Eid

Extortionists, muggers, robbers and dopers have become active in the capital and elsewhere in the country ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Apart from the criminals, a section of policemen have allegedly been involved in extorting money from drivers of many vehicles at check posts.

Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has withdrawn 10 policemen, including two sergeants, on charges of extortion.

Sergeant of Wari Traffic Division Mohammad Ashik and Sergeant of Ramna Traffic Division Jafar Imam are among the withdrawn policemen.

They used to extort money from drivers of vehicles by setting up check posts at Tikatoli Mor, DMP sources said.

Sergeant Ashik along with two constables used to collect extortion from drivers by stopping vehicles at Dayaganj and Shamibagh in the capital.

Sergeant Jafar Imam along with constables Mozaffar Haque and Razu Hossain used to extort money at Matsya Bhaban at late night.

The sources further said some victims lodged complaints with the DMP headquarters about extortion.

After looking into the allegations, the DMP closed the policemen and departmental action would be taken against them after the end of the investigation.

DMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam has warned that deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners and traffic inspectors of Traffic Divisions would have to be liable if their deputies become involved in extortion, the sources added.

A number of robberies, mugging and doping incidents have taken place in different parts of the country in the last few days despite a strong vigil by law enforcement agencies.

Of the incidents, an armed robbery was committed on a night coach on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Savar at night on June 28.

During the looting, at least 28 passengers of the coach were and injured by the criminals.

In another incident, a mugger allegedly killed a ridesharing motorcyclist named Raza Hossain, 34, at Mirpur in the capital on June 29.

Police arrested the ‘criminal’ named Kawser Ahmed, 22, while he was fleeing.Rapid Action Battalion-3 has identified 16 points at Khilgaon, Motijheel, Paltan, Hatirjheel and Shahbagh as the safe haven of muggers and dopers.

The places include Khilgaon Rail Gate, Malibagh Rail Gate, Dainik Bangla Mor (intersection), Pirjangi Mazar Crossing, Kamalapur Battala, Motijheel Culvert Road, Hatirjheel Nasirer Tek, Shahbagh Intersection, Gulbagh, RAJUK Crossing, UBL Crossing Paltan Mor, Golap Shah Mazar Crossing, High Court Crossing, Abdul Goni Road, Maniknagar Stadium area, Nandipara Bridge and Basabo Crossing.

In recent times, the elite force arrested 44 muggers and dopers in the areas, said Superintendent of Police Bina Rani Das, staff officer (Operations and Intelligence) of RAB-3.

Lt Col Abdullah Al-Momen, commanding officer of RAB-1, said, “The menace of robbers and muggers have increased at different points in Gazipur ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.”

“The criminals have made lives of the residents miserable by looting and robbing their cash and valuables. The people of the area are panic stricken for the fear of the robbers and muggers.”

RAB-1 personnel arrested nine members of a robbery gang in Gasa of Gazipur city on Monday when they were preparing to commit robbery on the highway, he said.