Police arrested a member of a notorious Mirpur bag-snatching ring on Tuesday after he was caught by local people in Kafrul while trying to steal a bag from a passenger.
Faisal Rahman Sohel, 30, was detained following a failed attempt to rob Mejbah Yawad, who was targeted after getting on a rickshaw at around 1am on Tuesday night in the Central Road area.
Witnesses said a young man in a white private car came in from behind and snatched away a bag on his back.
Kafrul police station Officer Wahidul Hasan Sumon said that when the West Kafrul home of Sohel was then raided, officers found 60 vanity bags, 250 keys, and around Rs24,000 in cash.
The recovered stash also included several purses, gold ornaments, a school admission form, national ID cards of different people, debit and credit cards, and around 60 SIM cards.
Sohel hails from Chapainawabganj’s Basnitola village and is the son of one Mojibur Rahman.
During primary interrogation, he told the police that he has been involved in bag-snatching in the Mirpur area for the last three years, but refused to reveal other members of his gang.
Public anger over snatchings intensified last month, when a toddler named Arafat died after falling off his mother’s lap during a snatching incident in Jatrabari’s Doyaganj area on December 18.
This led Dhaka Metropolitan Police and the Detective Branch of Police to conduct a special drive against snatching, with more than 100 members of such gangs since arrested including 56 on the night of December 26 alone.
“Due to recent arrests of members of such gangs, the number of hijacking incidents has been reduced (but) our drive is still ongoing,”Joint Commissioner of DMP Detective Branch Abdul Baten said.
A source in Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP)’s Detective Branch has revealed that such gangs are active from dusk till dawn.
“They come in motorcycles and private cars, snatch away the valuables from people and get away quickly.”
Sohel was sent to a court on Wednesday, after charges were pressed by sub-inspector of Kafrul police station, Mahfuzur Rahman.
He will be interrogated further during his remand.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune