A good number of drivers of a particular type of vehicles locally known as easy bike have been murdered in the last few years as they have become a soft target for carjackers.
A spate of carjacking took place in recent times, as organised gangs of carjackers are now on the prowl for easy bike around the country.In Kishoreganj alone, police have solved seven murders in the last seven months.
On September 22 last year, easy bike driver Sohel alias Badan Khandaker, 40, was murdered in Dariakandi under Bhairab upazila in the district while on February 25 this year Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) solved the murder.
The PBI said that four ‘criminals’ – Liton Mia, Rabbani, Jewel and Kajol – hired the vehicle, murdered him on the evening of the day and took away his vehicle.
Shahadat Hossain, superintendent of police (SP) of Kishoreganj PBI, told the Daily Sun that the seven murders in the last seven months were committed in a similar way.
The criminals hired the easy bikes, murdered the drivers and took away the vehicles, he said.
The officer said, “The Kishoreganj PBI is now carrying out investigation into a number of such cases.”According to the PBI and the Criminal Investigational Department (CID), a big number of easy bikes were snatched after the drivers were murdered in various points of the country in the last two years.
A superintendent of police, who wishes to remain anonymous, said a good number of gangs are active in Kishoreganj, Brahmanbaria, Narsingdi, Gazipur and Dhaka.
The officer said, “The sale of such vehicles is very easy as they don’t have number plates, engine numbers and other documents. That is why the gang members show excessive interest in snatching these.
“The cost of the battery of an easy bike ranges from Tk 55,000 to Tk 60,000. Many of those, who deal in new easy bikes and batteries, have a link to the gangs. They buy a battery from the gang members for Tk 25,000 to Tk 30,000. But they sell it for Tk 50,000 to Tk 60,000.”
On March 7, the CID nabbed three alleged murderers Masum Ali, Sader Ali and Somobaru from Rupganj in Narayanganj over the murder of easy bike driver Abdul Halim, 55.
Sheikh Nazmul Alam, deputy inspector general of the CID, said that the three murdered Halim in Nilphamari district and took away his vehicle on February 21. Later, they sold the vehicle for Tk 75,000 in Rangpur, he said, adding that the arrestees committed such crimes earlier.
On February 18, easy bike driver Sentu Mizi went missing from Ashulia in Dhaka. Seven days after, he returned to his house, but he lost his vehicle.