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‘Cops reluctant to record cases over mugging will face music’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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The police officers who are reluctant to record any mugging cases will face the music, DMP Joint Commissioner (DB, South) Mahbub Alam said.

“The Dhaka Metro-politan Police (DMP) commissioner has given a clear directive to take action if any police station does not record any mugging cases and does dilly-dally,” he said.

Mahbub came up with the warning while responding to a question from a reporter at a press briefing at the DMP media centre in the capital on Saturday.

The press briefing was held following the arrests of 27 suspected muggers in special drives.

DB Lalbagh Division arrested the ‘criminals’ by conducting the drives at Hazaribagh, Chawkbazar, Lalbagh, Kamrangirchar and Shahbagh from April 6 to 8.

Replying to a query about an allegation that some police stations are reluctant to record mugging cases, Mahbub said many people do not understand if their mobile were stolen or lost, especially in the cases of pickpockets.

“As a result, when the victims go to police, they cannot provide details rightly. In cases, especially stolen or mugged mobile, we know there is a tendency to refuse to record cases. GD is taken.

If it is later proved that it was mugged. Police then record case,” he said.

“If any allegation is found against the policemen concerned that they did not record cases or did dilly-dally. Our DMP commissioner has given a clear directive to take action against them. And action is being taken,” he said.

On the special raid, he said muggers and dopers become active during any festivals, especially Ramadan and Eid-ul-Azha.

To check them, police conduct special drives as per the directive of the DMP chief, the detective police conducted raids and arrested the ‘criminals’.

The arrestees are professional muggers and members of robbery gangs, and they are wanted in 49 cases with different police stations under the DMP, said the joint commissioner.

The arrestees are Abdur Rahman Shuvo, 22, Yasin Arafat Joy, 19, Babu Mia, 28, Farhad, 21, Hridoy Sarkar, 24, Akash, 20, Jony Khan, 22, Rokon, 18, Mehedi Hasan alias Imran, 27, Monir Hossain, 41, Jewel, 22, Jahangir Hossain Maikel,  Azim alias Galakata Azim, 35, Shakil alias Laden, 24, Emon, 22, Razib, 25, Rasel, 32, Mintu Mia alias Bidyt, 39, Masud, 30, Tajul Islam Mamun, 30, Sabuj, 30, Jibon, 25, Riazul Islam, 25, Munna Howlader, 19, Shakil Howlader, 20, Ferdous, 22 and Abul Kalam Azad, 34.

On the mobile theft and mugging, the police officer said that the stolen and mugged mobile sets are sold by changing IME numbers from Motaleb Plaza, Eastern Plaza and Gulistan.

The stolen and mugged i-Phones are smuggled abroad, he said.