The law enforcement agencies say they are staying alert to prevent mugging
With the increase of financial transactions in businesses and marketplaces ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, muggers in Dhaka have become reckless and are taking advantage of the situation.
However, the law enforcement agencies say they have remained vigilant to prevent these crimes.
There are no accurate statistics on muggings since most people do not report these incidents. Most of the time, even after lodging complaints, stolen money or belongings are not recovered.
On Monday, two people were killed in Dhaka during separate mugging incidents.
Rashedul Islam, 25, a bKash agent was shot dead in Demra’s West Boxnagar area while Rahat Mia, 24, was stabbed to death in Sabujbagh.
Siddiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Demra police station, and Saifur Rahman, sub-inspector of Sabujbagh police station, said efforts are underway to nab the criminals.
According to intelligence sources, seasonal muggers have become active during Ramadan. They choose iftar and sehri times to rob the people because the streets are empty.
Sometimes the muggers pose as drivers of private rental cars, or CNG auto rickshaws, and then take away the passengers’ belongings at gunpoint.
Sources said the muggers roam around: shopping malls, markets, bus terminals, financial institutions, and other areas. They target people in quiet places and take away their belongings at gunpoint.
Their easy targets are traders who come from rural areas to buy goods from Dhaka.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia could not be reached for comments over the phone despite repeated attempts.
However, recently at an event in Dhaka, he claimed that no muggings have taken place in the capital during Ramadan — thanks to the efforts of the law enforcers.
In order to prevent such incidents, plainclothes policemen are working alongside those in uniform, he said.