Dacoits who were complicit in five separate robberies in a small village of Zajira in Shariatpur committed in between 2001 and 2015 are still remain untraced.
The village, Goijuddin Akhon Kandi, comprising about 30 houses is located in Palerchar Union. Three separate cases were lodged with Zajira Police Station in connection with the incidents.
According to villagers, the first robbery was committed in the house of Sham Siddik Akhon on the day of his son's wedding in 2001. The robbers took away gold ornaments, cash and valuables from the wedding guests after holding them hostage at gunpoint.
Wishing to remain anonymous, a member of Akhon family told the Daily Sun that they withdrew the case in fear of repetition of such an attack.
Four robberies were committed from January to August in 2015. Of them, three incidents took place at the houses of Shamsul Haque Howlader, Mamun Dewan, Sohrab Matubbar and Salam Matubbar within a span of 40 days in between July 12 and August 24.
The villagers said that most young and middle-aged male members live abroad, leaving female and old male members in their houses only. Villagers believe that cashing in on this situation, some local unscrupulous people had the robberies committed by their hired robbers.
On July 12, a group of robbers numbering more than 30 first stormed the house of Mamun Dewan and looted gold ornaments and Tk 30,000 in cash.
A case was lodged against a certain Nasir Sardar, son of Abu Taher Sardar, and some others with Zajira Police Station, but the case was later withdrawn in fear of reprisal, said a member of the family.
Earlier in 2015, a robbery was committed in the house of Abed Ali Akhon. Robbers attacked Mohammad Shafiq Akhon with a machete and beat him up mercilessly.
His wife and one Delwar Hossain were also beaten up during the robbery. A case was lodged with the police station, which is running.
Rafiq Akhon, elder brother of Shafiq, told the Daily Sun that the case was being investigated by the police station. He said that he contacted the officer concerned to know about the progress of the case and the officer said that they were trying to make headway.
When contacted, Md. Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Zajira Police Station, told the Daily Sun that he was unaware of the case and other robbery incidents in the village. “I will try to know about the cases,” he said.