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Fake detectives active in capital

Six suspects arrested

  • Special Correspondent
  • 27 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Fake detectives active in capital

Different organised gangs of criminals posing as detectives are roaming streets in the capital and its surroundings to commit various crimes, police said.  

Activities of such gangs have marked a rise recently, creating panic among city dwellers.

In most of the cases, the fake policemen with police uniform, handcuffs, walkie-talkies and microbuses lie in wait at different strategic points in the capital for their targets.

Meanwhile, police arrested six suspected criminals for their alleged involvement in snatching Tk 85 lakh from a businessman in Keraniganj area on the outskirts of the capital.

The gangsters introducing themselves as members of the DB police snatched the money from the trader, police said.

The Lalbagh Division of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DB) arrested them after raiding various places, including Savar, on Friday.

The arrestees are Sohag Majhi, 28, Md Delwar, 26, Md Joynal Hossain, 28, Md Sohel, 27, Md Johnny, 32, and Md Aziz, 57.

Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police (DB) chief Mohammad Harun Or Rashid told reporters that on November 13, businessman Keramat Ali left Darigaon Bazar in South Keraniganj with the money.

Then, 10-12 unidentified dacoits stopped the movement of trader Keramat Ali. They identified themselves as DB policemen, threatened him with weapons and snatched money and fled in microbuses and motorcycles.

In this incident, businessman Keramat Ali filed a case at Dakshin Keraniganj Police Station.

In the press conference, it was said that based on secret information, several teams of DB Lalbagh Division raided Kaundia area of Savaron Friday night and arrested four people directly involved in the robbery incident.

According to their confession, Tk 19 lakh was seized from a dacoit in Patuakhali Sadar area.

One person was arrested along with the microbus used in the robbery from Kajla area of Jatrabari.

Later, a special operation was conducted in Keraniganj Police Station area and the motorcycle used in robbery was recovered.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Faruq Hossain said, “As the armed gangsters are posing themselves as detectives and looking like real detectives, innocent people are usually falling prey to them and losing their belongings.”

“In the wake of such reported incidents, several detective teams are now moving on different streets in the capital and its nearby areas to catch these organised gangs of criminals,” he said.

Recently, in another incident, in Rupganj of Narayanganj, a businessman and an expatriate were picked up by a gang of fake DB police and they lost their money. The gangsters also beat up them mercilessly.

This incident took place in Gandharbpur Hajibari area of the upazila. The two victims are businessman Monir Hossain, 53, son of deceased Abdullah Bhuiyan of Rupsi area of Tarab municipality, and expatriate Ramzan Bhuiyan, 47, son of deceased Tofazzal Hossain of the same area.

Monir Hossain said that a general diary (GD) was filed with Rupganj Police Station in connection with the incident. Monir Hossain said that he and his brother-in-law Ramzan Bhuiyan were going to Rupganj land office for the land registry on an easy bike.

When they reached Gandharbpur Hajibari area, a white microbus stopped their easy bike from the front.

Later, five persons got down from the car, introduced themselves as DB police and picked them up in the car. Both of them were handcuffed and one and a half lakh taka, mobile phone and national identity cardswere taken from them.

After covering their faces with black masks, they hit their hands, legs, heads and knees with an iron object. Ramzan Bhuiyansaid that everyone was wearing DB clothes with white shirts and pants.

There was a walkie-talkie in hand, Monir said. "They took us in the car and threw us on the floor of the microbus and started beating us. We then give the money and request them to leave us.”

Then, one of the gang members said they were picked up not for money, but as Yaba traders. After some time, they talked to someone on the phone.

At that time someone said on the phone, “Sir, mistake, wrong information. Sir, what shall I do, leave?” After this talk, they dropped us at Bhulta Aduria area of Dhaka-Sylhet highway at one o'clock. He forbade looking back while getting out of the car. When he looked back, the gang member threatened to shoot and kill him.

Later, the car moved towards Narsingdi. Ramzan Bhuiyan said that everyone was wearing DB clothes with white shirts and pants. There was a walkie-talkie in hand. One of them spoke the language of Chapainawabganj. Ramzan said that he came to the country on vacation from Kuwait a few days ago.

He was picked up in a car and hit on the head with a heavy iron object. After realising that the head was bleeding, he begged for his life from those people. Then, they became more angry and started hitting Ramzan's knees. He said that he is currently at home receiving treatment at a local hospital.