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Gang active to strike expats

Loot valuables of 60 in 5 years; 3 members arrested

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Gang active to strike expats

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A mugging gang has robbed some 60 Bangladeshi expatriates living in different countries of their belongings, including cash and gold ornaments, in the capital over the last 4-5 years, according to police.

The gang members struck the expatriates just after they came out of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) following their return from abroad.

Detectives arrested three members of the racket from the city’s Hatirjheel area on Saturday night after a case was filed in connection with the mugging of an expatriate.

The arrestees are Masudul Haque alias Apel, Amir Hossain Howlader and Mohammad Shamim.

The Detective Branch (DB, Uttara Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) also seized five passports, two NID cards, two ATM cards, one iPad, Tk 55,000 in cash and some other things from them.

Briefing reporters on Sunday, AKM Hafiz Akhter, DMP additional commissioner (DB), said staying in Egypt for five years, Liton Sarkar on a Turkey Airlines flight landed at HSIA on September 7. “Upon coming out of the airport terminal, he was waiting in the roundabout for a car to reach his house. Suddenly, 5-6 unknown men surrounded him and snatched his luggage, handbag and other things.”

“They picked up Liton in a bus after asking him not to disclose the matter to police. But he filed a case with Airport Police Station later,” he said, adding that the racket was busted during investigation. According to the DB officer, the three arrestees were the members of the gang that snatched cash and valuables of about 50-60 expatriates in the last 4-5 years.

The gang members committed the crimes as dopers, robbers and muggers, he said.

They used to target expatriates waiting for vehicles, manage them to fall into their traps with friendly behaviour and later take away what they (expatriates) brought from abroad, Hafiz Akhter said.

They also took position around their targets and robbed everything at gunpoint.

Only seven cases were filed against the large number of incidents, which encouraged criminals to commit the crime further, said the officer.

About the reason behind the less number of cases, he explained that the affected expatriates seemed to have thought the filing of cases as hassle as they would have to go back abroad.

Several cases were earlier filed against the arrestees with different police stations, Hafiz Akhter said.