They would impersonate police and hijack motorcycles
Police have finally arrested five members of a criminal ring that began hijacking expensive motorcycles and robbing commuters after being released from Kashempur Jail in Gazipur.
Members of the group would get within touching distance of their unsuspecting victims by impersonating policemen, police sources said.
Police recovered a microbus and private car used in the robbery, as well as handcuffs, walkie-talkies, special police uniforms, and batons during the arrest.
Additional Superintendent of Faridpur Police (Crime and Investigation) Jamal Pasha disclosed the information during a press briefing at the office of the superintendent of Faridpur Police on Sunday afternoon.
Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar Circle) Sumon Sarkar and Kotwali police OC Md Abdul Jalil were also present.
The suspects were identified as Jewel Rana, 31, from Bagat in Madhukhali, his brother Al Amin, 30, Babul Akter, 43, from Kamargram in Alfadanga, Ashiq Mridha, 38, from Arpara village in Baliakandi, and Imran Hossain, 23, from Ashulia.
Police said Jewel Rana was the mastermind of the ring.
As many 16 cases on robbery charges have been filed against Rana in different districts of the country. He served four and a half years in jail in one of the cases and was released before Eid-ul-Azha this year.
His brother Al Amin used to manage the money. He was also responsible for securing the release of any members of the group who were arrested.
There are seven cases against Babul Akter. Jewel and Babul were arrested during a robbery at Bangabandhu Bridge in Sirajganj and were sent to jail.
While in jail, the two became acquainted with the others and formed the hijacking group last year.
Police urged the public not to travel long distances on motorcycles alone and at night.
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ASP Jamal Pasha told the press briefing that NGO worker Munnu Sheikh, 35, had filed the complaint against the robbers.
On September 9, Munnu was on his way home from Badda in Dhaka when five robbers tried to snatch his motorcycle keys on the Karimpur Highway Bridge in Kanaipur. After a scuffle, they took Munnu inside a microbus and blindfolded him.
They took his salary (Tk19,000) which was on him and Tk19,000 from his bKash account.
After taking the money and motorcycle from him, the robbers asked him to call family members for another Tk2 lakhs.
Munnu called family members at home and asked them to send as much money as they could. After they received the money, the robbers released Munnu.