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Muggings multiply in city

Launch crackdown on snatchers immediately


Bangladeshpost
Published : 20 Oct 2023 10:18 PM
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At least seven people lost their lives in the hands of muggers the during last nine months and around 200 people received serious injuries in the capital city of Dhaka. A total of 215 mugging incidents were registered during the period, according to media reports.

We express our deep concern over the incidents of snatching  without respite in the capital and the adjoining areas in recent times. A feeling of insecurity has already gripped the commuters, making many of them unsafe to walk alone in the city’s roads, streets, lanes and by-lanes after dusk and even in the broad day light.  

We people living in the capital city may fall prey to the armed muggers anytime while we will be crossing some places that have been earmarked as ‘hotspots of mugging’. The armed muggers equipped with fire arms and sharp weapons are roaming and looting everything like money, valuables including cell phone sets, laptop other electronic devices, handbags, and ornaments from the helpless victims almost every day. They also riding motorcycles take position themselves beside rickshaws while people pass the risky areas and snatch away everything at gun point. Besides, many people were stabbed to death by the gangs of muggers in the capital city in the past. 

Increase police patrol, check

 posts and strict security

 measures in the 

capital immediately

However, police do not have any accurate statistics of how many snatching incidents occur in the city per day or month as most victims are reluctant to file complaints with police stations to avert possible hassles. As a result, a large number of the incidents of mugging do not come to the attention of the police. The muggers usually prey on rickshaw passengers at dawn and after the dusk using microbus and private car. These organised criminals haunt the passengers of CNG auto-rickshaw by cutting the backside of CNG-driven auto-rickshaw since dusk till midnight when the passengers use mobile phones or laptops. 

Besides, the muggers snatch mobile phone sets from the passengers seated beside the windows of buses when those are stopped during traffic signals at various intersections. In this regard, it should be noted that when a bus starts moving on from one stoppage to another, the muggers also start running and suddenly snatch cell phone sets from the passengers sitting beside open window, and talking over phone.

The same grime scenario is prevailing in the city’s most strategic points except some residential and official areas of VVIP and VIP. The law enforcement agencies must increase police patrol, check posts and strict security measures in the capital immediately, especially at various strategic points to avert any unpleasant incident, including mugging.