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16 city points safe havens for muggers, dopers

  • Mahabub Alam
  • 18th September, 2022 09:22:59 AM
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16 city points safe havens for muggers, dopers

Sixteen points under nine police stations in the capital have become ‘safe havens’ for muggers, dopers and extortionists.

Only Rapid Action Battalion-3 (RAB) arrested more than 500 such criminals from the spots in the last eight months and eight days, but the incidents of mugging, doping and extortion could not be stopped.

Such crimes are taking place regularly in those spots, creating panic among commuters and local people.

Many of the arrested criminals came out of jails on bail and returned to their previous jobs.

Last year, RAB-3 marked the 16 spots as the mugging, doping and extortion prone ones due to the high presence of criminals.

The areas include  Khilgaon’s Malibagh Rail Gate area, Dainik Bangla crossing,  Pir Jangi Mazar crossing, Kamalapur Battala, Motijheel Culvert Road, Nasirer Tek at Hatirjheel,  Shahbagh, Gulbagh, RAJUK crossing, Paltan crossing, Golap Shah Shrine area, High Court crossing area, Abdul Goni Road area, Maniknagar Stadium, Nandipara Bridge and Bashabo crossing.

The spots are under Motijheel, Mugda, Shahjahanpur, Paltan, Khilgaon, Sabujbagh, Rampura, Shahbagh and Ramna Police Stations.

Statistics of RAB-3 show that they arrested 510 members of different mugging, doping and extorting gangs from the areas from January to September 8.

Of them, on September 8, the force members held 29 active snatchers.

One of them, Arif Hossain, son of late Jalal Uddin of Fatuakandi at North Matlab in Chandpur, was caught red-handed while he was fleeing after snatching a gold chain of a woman from Kamalapur.

Farjana Haque, operations officer of RAB-3, told the Daily Sun that after arrest, they indicted the criminals in cases and produced them before courts.

After suffering in jail for few weeks or months, they came out on bail and began criminal activities again.

In response to a question whether law enforcers have faults in investigation, she said, “We have no faults in investigation. The criminals get bail through the loopholes in the existing law.”

She said that the menace of criminals was noticeable in the areas. She added that their drives were going on against the wrongdoers.      When contacted, Faruk Hossain, deputy commissioner (Media and Public Relations) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told the Daily Sun that they arrested about 88 muggers and dopers from the mentioned areas two months ago.

But the criminals returned to their old business after coming out of jail on bail, he said.

“Our drives against the criminals are continuing across the capital,” he said.