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Robberies on 15 buses in 2 yrs

14 arrested; several of them involved in raping woman on moving bus

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Robberies on 15 buses in 2 yrs
Law enforcers arrest 14 members of two robbery gangs during separate raids in Ashulia and Shah Ali in Dhaka on Saturday night. Foreign-made pistols, ammunition, sharp weapons and some other things were seized from them. SUN photo

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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) caught ‘14 members of two robbery gangs’ during separate raids in Ashulia and Shah Ali in Dhaka on Saturday night.

One of the gangs allegedly raped a woman during robbery on a Dinajpur-bound bus from Dhaka.

The information was disclosed in two separate press briefings in the capital on Sunday.

In Ashulia, RAB-8 captured 10 members of one criminal gang when they were getting prepared to commit robbery.

They are Hira Sheikh alias Kamal Sheikh alias Solaiman Sheikh, 40, Hasan Molla alias Isharat Molla, 39, Arif Promanik alias Arif Hossain, 33, Nur Islam, 53, Razu Sheikh alias Razzak, 54, Rezaul Sarkar, 49, Mohammad Ratan, 36, Shariful Islam, 39, Mohammad Hanif, 42, and Nazrul Islam, 35.

A foreign-made pistol, three bullets, eight homemade weapons and some other things were seized from them, said Commander Khandaker Al Moin, director (Legal and Media Wing) of the elite force, at a press conference held at Kawran Bazaar.

The officer said that a robbery was committed on a Gopalganj-bound bus of Star Line Paribahan at Kashiani in Gopalganj on May 29.

The RAB members arrested ‘robber’ Mohabbat alias Royal in Rajshahi on June 8. During preliminary interrogation, he informed them that a dacoit group led by Hira committed robberies on three inter-district buses in May. Posing passengers, they got on a bus of Hanif Paribahan on May 11, a bus of National Travels Paribahan on May 25 and another bus of Star Line Paribahan on May 29.    His information led to the arrest of the gang which committed robberies on 10 to 15 buses in the last two years.

During robbery on a Dinajpur-bound bus, they raped the woman, said the officer.

DB Tejgaon Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police nabbed four members of another gang in the capital’s Shah Ali area on that night.

They are Makbul Hossain Prokash alias Mangal Hossain Babu, 24, Aslamul Haque Aslam, 35, Rafiqul Islam, 35, and Hasan Howlader, 37.

A foreign pistol, three private cars, a microbus, a knife and some other things were seized from them, said Harun-or-Rashid, joint commissioner (DB, North) of the DMP at DMP Media Centre on Sunday.

The gang led by Aslam committed robberies in  Chapainawabganj, Natore, Naogaon,  Bogura,  Sirajganj,  Kushtia,  Tangail,  Jamalpur, Mymensingh,  Manikganj, Dhaka, Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Shariatpur, Madaripur,  Gopalganj, Faridpur and Jashore, he said.

Two cases were filed against them at Shah Ali Police Station.