The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Tuesday said that detectives had begun special drives as incidents of mugging had increased to some extent in the capital.
DMP additional commissioner (DB) AKM Hafiz Akhter made the comments at a press conference organised at its media centre to disseminate information on five suspects arrested in the case of killing Bangladesh Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader and cable network service provider Hamidul Islam near the High Court area Saturday evening.
Hafiz said that mugging incidents were taking place at places in the capital at night for different reasons for which the police patrol had been increased and detectives had begun special drives in the capital since January 16.
A total of 33 teams of the DB have been working to arrest muggers and prevent mugging, he said.
Hafiz urged people to lodge cases if anyone fall victim to mugging.
He said that some new small groups of muggers had been created in the city while many street drug addicts had involved themselves in mugging.
He said that they solved the mystery of Hamidul murder within two days and that he was hacked to death by muggers as the victim cried for help during the mugging.
He said that they arrested Md Sohel alias Arabian Sohel, Md Zahid Hossain, Md Shukkur Ali, Md Shakil alias Dumbas and Md Sohel Mia and seized the dagger used in the murder, the battery-run rickshaw used for mugging, the looted mobile phone and a wallet during drives in Uttar, Mugda and Kamrangirchar areas in the capital on Monday.
Hafiz said that the arrested people, each accused in at least 10 cases and now on bail, confessed to their involvement in the mugging and stabbing Hamidul.
Arrested Shakil, whose right hand is amputated from the elbow, is a member of the mugger gang, the police official said, adding that he used to drive battery-run rickshaw in Dhaka University area to take their targeted person to an isolated area for mugging.
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