Armed men riding in vehicles with DB stickers have successfully managed to create a reign of terror among Narayanganj commoners, especially businessmen, who shared their tales of sorrows with this correspondent when contacted. To no surprise, the conmen carry police-issued handcuffs to make their impersonation more authentic.
Sources in different law enforcement agencies said investigations reveal several numbers of con gangs are involved in the abduction and looting, much to create tension among the personnel of law enforcing agencies. Though police claimed a handful of such gang members have already been nabbed.
In one incident on Wednesday noon, four members of DB impersonators stopped a BRTC passenger bus near Khan Shaheb Osmani Stadium and detained two people including an expatriate of Singapore.
Later the gang released them after snatching Tk1.4m as ransom, the victims claimed.
On September 3, few people posing DB members stopped another passenger bus and detained Yamin, a dredger trader, claiming he has militant ties.
Arif Hossain, a witness of the incident, told the Dhaka Tribune that the gang snatched about Tk7lakh before releasing him.
“People wearing jackets of DB along with pistol, handcuffs, wireless sets and sticks stopped a bus of BRTC and picked up Yamin.”
Another businessman, seeking anonymity, told to the Dhaka Tribune that four DB impersonators demanded Tk50,000 ransom or be indicted as drug mule, after detaining him right before Eid vacation. Fortunately for him, he was able to negotiate a release after giving them Tk20,000.
He said: “I did not contact with law enforcers to avoid further hassle.”
Law enforcers on alert mood
Following several incidents of abduction and kidnapping, law enforcers of the district are on high alert.
On September 27, police arrested Md Rubel, 50, a fake traffic sergeant from Chashara area in the city. Police also recovered several documents and Tk45,000 from his possession.
On September 25, police arrested Maksudur Rahman, 29, a fake additional superintendent of police, from Narayanganj police line.
In other drives, members of DB of the district arrested two fake DB members along with jackets, pistols and wireless sets.
Md Saiful Islam, inspector of DB said: “In several drives in the capital’s Dholai Khal and Keraniganj areas DB members arrested two fake DB members, Mozibur Rahman, 45, and Rakibul Hasan Tapu, 40.”
On July 26, a fake police official was arrested from Narayanganj City Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy’s detail.
When contacted, Mahamudul Islam, inspector of Narayanganj District Detective Branch said: “We have ordered every DB men to remain alert to curb fraud gangs from the city.”
He also urged to city dwellers to be more conscious about the fraud gangs.