Detective Branch arrest 59 doping gang suspects from Dhaka in 24 hours
Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, doping gangs, widely known as ‘Oggyan Party’ and ‘Molom Party’, are on the prowl, say police.
At least five to seven gangs— who rob their victims after drugging them— have spread their net in Dhaka, especially at cattle markets, the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said on Thursday.
As many as 59 people, who belong to these gangs, have been arrested from different parts of the capital, including cattle markets, in 24 hours, DB Additional Commissioner Abdul Baten said on a media call.
“Drugs, toxic ointments and other materials have been found on them. The suspects said they also targeted people at shopping malls, bus and launch terminals and railway stations,” he said.
They invite targeted people to buy food like tea, coffee, juice, coconut water, softdrinks, biscuits mixed with the harmful substances from them, said senior police officer Baten. “If the targets become unconscious after consuming the food, they make off with their belongings,” he added.
Ahead of Eid, the law enforcement agencies have initiated special operations against these gangs, which include cracking down against drug stores which sell these anesthetic drugs without prescriptions, according to officials.
Awareness campaigns have been also launched at bus, train and launch terminals as well as at locations where people gather in crowds.
The law enforcers have urged citizens to exercise caution while carrying cash and report to the nearest police patrol immediately in case of any kind of suspicious activities they come across.
Meanwhile, Dhaka metro police chief Mohammad Shafiqul Islam has directed all units to ensure the security of citizens as well as a maintenance of health safety guidelines to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
At a meeting on July 22, Commissioner Islam ordered the deployment of police personnel in civvies at cattle markets in the capital to curb all kinds of criminal activities.
Hawkers and makeshift food stalls are not allowed in and around Dhaka cattle markets this year. The market authorities have been told to arrange permanent stalls and provide information about their operators to the police, said the DMP commissioner.