Sunday, 4 December, 2022

Mugging continues unabated in capital

Muggers rob people in guise of law enforcers

Mugging continues unabated in capital

Mugging incidents continue unabated in the capital, causing constant concern among the city dwellers.

A number of mugging gangs are active in the capital due to lax monitoring by law enforcement agencies.

In many cases, muggers in the guise of law enforcers snatch cash and other valuables from their targets.

Apart from mugging, other crimes like extortion, abduction and killing are taking place in the guise of law enforcers, sources said.

Criminals are virtually ruling the streets in the capital, particularly after dusk, causing worries for the city residents.

Most mugging incidents go unreported as the victims do not want to report the incidents to the police as they apprehend further harassment.

Sometimes miscreants pose themselves as detectives, and rob people of cash and valuables.

On December 14, a gang of hoodlums identifying themselves as law enforcers looted Tk 27 lakh and gold ornaments from an employee of a gold shop in Kamalapur area. They left the place using motorbikes.

On December 15, the gold shop employee, Sumon, filed a case with Motijheel police station, accusing four unnamed people, but no one was arrested since.

According to the case details, four people came in two motorbikes at Kamalapur bus stoppage. They waylaid Sumon, introducing themselves as detective police. At one stage they searched Sumon and took away the money as well as gold from him and left the place.

Police said they collected CCTV video footage and are trying to identify the muggers.

Such kinds of felons are committing crimes at their own sweet will without any fear.

From the owner of a business establishment to the employees, everyone runs the risk. Mass people are also in panic of this type of gang that introduces themselves as RAB, DB and police also.

They stop vehicle on the road in the name of search and introduce themselves as the members of RAB, DB or other detective organisations and snatch valuables.

On December 16, mugger stabbed a shop employee Ferdous and looted money and mobile phone from him in Gabtoli area in the capital.

Injured Ferdous said he went to Gabtoli to collect money for the shop. While returning from there, 4-5 muggers stabbed him in the right leg and took away money and mobile phone set.

Locals took him to a clinic and from where he was shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Some muggers use dangerous drugs to make their target victims unconscious and loot valuables while some commit the crimes introducing themselves as detectives.

Sometimes law enforcers manage to arrest some of them from various places, but at one stage they get release on bail and return to their habitual act of crimes.

Because of this, many a victim does not feel interested in lodging complaint with police station. On December 18, Wahid, a fruitier in Kotwali, sent Tk31.36 lakh to one of his business partner Nur Mohamamd in Wari through his employee Imtiaz and Shahabuddin.

When the duo reached Poddar lane in Kotwali, four to five people waylaid them and looted the money by beating. Later Wahid filed a case with the concerned police station.

According to RAB and police, they arrested three muggers from Jatrabari on December 27, five from Bangshal on December 23, three from Sadarghat on December 18, three from Demra staff quarter on December 17, two students from Dhaka University on December 12, six from Kamrangirchar with sharp weapons on December 3 and two from Bangshal on December 5.

Several senior DMP officials claimed that presently, the incidence of mugging is much less than it was before. However, sometimes a couple of incidents are happening unexpectedly.

Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said various police stations and DB police units are regularly working to nab professional muggers and criminals.

Police patrol, check posts and security measures are under way in the capital, especially at various strategic points, to avert any untoward incident, he added.