Sunday, 28 November, 2021

Robbery in Guise of Lawmen

Criminals lurk around banks to rob clients

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Criminals lurk around banks to rob clients

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Robbers in the guise of law enforcers are lurking around banks in the capital to rob clients of their money and valuables.

Police arrested nine such robbers from the capital’s Motijheel and Mohammadpur areas on Wednesday.

The arrestees are Abdullah Al Mamun, Emdadul Sharif, Mohammad Khokon, Masudur Rahman Tuhin, Mamun Shikder, Komol Hossain, Wahidul Islam, Faruk Bepari and Matiur Rahman.

Several gangs of robbers in the guise of law enforcers are active in the capital. They wait quietly and secretly around banks and rob the bank customers of their money meant for deposit or withdrawal, said Harun-Ar-Rashid, joint commissioner (DB, North) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

Some sacked and retired government officers are providing the robbers with necessary advice in committing such crime, the officer said at a press briefing at the DMP media centre on Wednesday one day after Gulshan DB Division arrested the robbers.

A private microbus, 5,000 yaba tablets, a dummy pistol, a pair of handcuff, a walkie-talkie and some other things were seized from them.

As the wheel of economy is gathering pace after countrywide lockdown, the bank transactions have increased significantly.   Taking advantage of the situation, the robbers are committing such crimes in the capital and elsewhere in the country, the officer said.

In the guise of DB and RAB men, they lurk around banks and target bank clients. Then they pick them in their microbus, rob them of their money and valuables, and leave them in Rupganj, Ashulia and Kanchpur areas on the outskirts of the capital, he said.

The officer also urged people not to respond if anybody in uniform of law enforcers calls them at the time of depositing or withdrawing their money. If needed, one can dial 999, he suggested.

Harun encouraged people to complain with police in order to capture the robbers.

He also asked the victims to contact DMP’s DB divisions for legal assistance.

Mashiur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Gulshan DB Division, was also present during the briefing.