Mugging incidents continue unabated in the capital, claiming lives of commuters and creating panic among city dwellers.
Four people were killed by muggers in four parts of the city in the last one month from July 13.
Many victims show no interest in filing cases as they apprehend further harassment, they said.
On August 11 night, a tiles businessman named Sharif Ullah was killed by a mugger while coming from an ATM booth after withdrawing money at Uttara. Then, local people chased the mugger and caught the criminal red-handed.
On July 29, a rickshaw puller named Abdul Latif Howlader was killed by snatchers at Kalshi in Pallabi of Mirpur.
Police could not arrest anyone involved in the crime.
On July 18 night, an unknown youth was killed on Chairmanbari Lane in Hazaribagh.
Bakul, a driver by profession, said that he was changing a wheel of his private car as it punctured near Abul Hotel in Malibagh on July 13.
“Suddenly, three muggers came to me and were trying to take away the keys of my car. I prevented them. Then, they stabbed me in the left wrist and right hand fingers. They snatched the money I had in my pocket and fled the scene,” he said. Bakul said that he did not go to police to avoid further troubles.
Abdul Kuddus, a victim of snatching at Abdullahpur in Uttara, said that he came to Abdullahpur from Tongi around 4:30am on July 26.
“All of a sudden, three youths intercepted my way and tried to snatch my mobile phone. I prevented them, but they stabbed me with a knife. Then, they took my cash and valuables and fled the scene,” he said.
Khandaker Nurnabi, joint commissioner (north) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said that they were keeping special surveillance at night and in the morning to thwart muggers.
He said that they arrested many snatchers and were trying to arrest other muggers.
Faruk Hossain, deputy commissioner (media and public relations) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said that all the police stations and detective branches were conducting raids to check the crimes.
Sources in law enforcers said muggers are active in a number of areas of the city.
The areas are Khilgaon’s Malibagh Rail Gate area, Dainik Bangla crossing, Pir Jangi Mazar crossing, Kamalapur Battala, Motijheel Culvert Road, Nasirer Tek at Hatirjheel, Shahbagh, Gulbagh, Paltan crossing, Golap Shah Shrine area, High Court crossing area, Abdul Goni Road area, Nandipara Bridge, Bashabo crossing, Shahjadpur Railgate, Bangla Motor, Karwan Bazar, Farmgate, Bijoy Sarani, Dhanmondi New Market, Azimpur crossing, Lalbagh, Mohammadpur, Shyamoli, College Gate, Mirpur-1, Mirpur-10, Pallabi, Rupnagar, Mohakhali signal, Airport Road, Kalshi, Badda, Rampura Bridge, Banasree, Uttara, Abdullahpur and Turag.