Two alleged muggers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police in Khilkhet area of the capital early Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Enamul and Russell.Police also arrested two suspected muggers—Nayan and Yaseen—after the ‘gunfight’.
A pistol, a magazine loaded with two bullets, a knife, nine mobile phones, 18 yaba pills and Tk 5,000 in cash were seized from them.
Mashiur Rahman, deputy commissioner (Gulshan Detective Branch) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said they received information that some muggers were snatching cash and valuables from Dhaka-bound people in Khilkhet area.
After being informed, several teams of detective branch and Khilkhet Police Station began to
patrol and set up a check-post at the entrance of Kuril Flyover, he said.
According to the police officer, a green-coloured CNG-run three-wheeler was going to Kuril Biswa Road from Kawla at about 2:15am. The policemen signalled the vehicle to stop, but it did not pay heed to them rather speedily rushed to 300-Feet.The DB police could stop the vehicle on the flyover after a chase. At that time, two of the muggers came out of the auto-rickshaw and started firing at the law enforcers, who fired back in self defence, leaving the men bullet hit. Two others were arrested from the scene.
Bullet wounded Enamul and Russell were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
The DB officer said that they were the members of a snatching gang. “They used to offer people ride-sharing in their auto-rickshaws and microbuses when they saw commuters waiting due to shortage of public transport during Ramadan and before Eid.”
“On the way, they used to mug people and many sustained injuries due to their torture. A Dubai expat, who was travelling from Bogura to Dhaka a few days ago, was strangled by one such gang,” he said.
The arrestees—Nayan and Yaseen—told police that they gathered in Tongi area to pick up passengers. As they did not find anyone there, they were heading towards the capital, he said.
They said they used to snatch valuables from the victims. If anyone tried to resist, they used to strangle them with a towel or scarf. They used to carry firearms, the officer said.
They are wanted in several cases for mugging, robbery and drugs, the official said.