Armed muggers on the prowl in capital

Pick-up driver stabbed dead at Jatrabari

Special Correspondent

14 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The activities of armed gangs looting people in the capital and its adjoining areas have increased in recent times, claiming several lives and sending a sense of insecurity among commuters.

Many commuters fall prey to different organised gangs every day and lose their belongings, including cash, gold ornaments and handsets.

Even, victims had to lose their lives in some cases. The gangsters lie in wait at different intersections, and lanes and by-lanes, swoop on their targets and flee in the twinkle of an eye after looting valuables, sources said.

Inmates of auto-rickshaws and slow-moving three-wheelers usually fall victims to mugging, they said.

Most of the incidents go unreported as the victims do not go to police stations to avoid hassle, the sources said. 

Besides, members of doping gangs, commonly known as ‘Ogyan Party’, are roaming at different crowded places, including shopping malls, bus stands, railway stations and launch terminals, in disguise in search of their preys. On Wednesday, a pick-up driver was stabbed to death by muggers in the city’s Jatrabari area.

The deceased was identified as Sayeed Khokon Mir, 30. Hailing from Gournadi upazila of Barishal, he used to live at Kajla along with his wife and a daughter.

Quoting witnesses, Inspector (Operations) of Jatrabari Police Station Ayan Mahmud said Khokon was sitting inside the Jatrabari Wholesale Fish Market after parking his vehicle around 2:30am when some muggers were sharing their booty nearby.

As Khokon along with some other drivers protested their activities inside the market, an altercation ensued between them and one of the muggers stabbed him in the abdomen.

He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared him dead around 4am, the police officer said.

Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Walid Hossain said huge law enforcers — both in uniform and plainclothes — are working in Dhaka city to arrest criminals, including muggers. “We’ve managed to arrest a good number of criminals and fraudsters from different parts of the capital in the last few days,” he said. The counter manager of a private bus company was stabbed to death by muggers in the capital’s Dhalpur area recently.       

Akhter Hossain Sikder, 50, was the manager of the Golapbagh counter of ‘Jatayat Paribahan’.

Victim’s nephew Yasin Sultan Rakib said Akhter was stabbed when he was on his way to the bus counter from his Dhalpur residence around 4:45am on the fateful day. He was taken to the DMCH where doctors declared him dead.

The hoodlums stabbed him in the chest and took away a bag containing Tk 20,000 and a handset.

A few days ago, armed bandits shot a Bangladeshi expatriate living in Italy in the leg in broad daylight and snatched Tk 570,000 from him in Savar on the outskirts of the capital.

The incident took place in front of a police checkpost near Turag Bridge in Aminbazar area.

The expatriate, Md Amanullah, 40, is the son of Siddique Ali from Sirajnagar Battali area of Keraniganj.

Amanullah’s wife Suma Akhter, who was also with him at the time of incident, said: “We were going home in a private car after withdrawing Tk 570,000 from the Amin Bazar branch of Islami Bank to build a house.” “As our car crossed the Bhakurta Iron Bridge and proceeded a little further, 10 muggers on five motorcycles intercepted our vehicle in front of the police check-post,” she added.

Suma said the gangsters fired five shots, one of which hit her husband in the left leg. “We saw the snatchers at the bank. A few of them had been walking around us and had seen how much money we had withdrawn, and then followed us from there.”

Inspector of Savar Model Police Station (Investigation) Saiful Islam said several teams of police were working to investigate the incident and legal action was being taken.