Tourists stabbed, mugged in Cox’s Bazar

Ensure maximum security of travellers

Published : 03 Oct 2022 08:07 PM

We are gravely concerned over the incident of mugging at the Cox’s Bazar sea beach. A gang of armed muggers stabbed two tourists indiscriminately at the beach and looted their cash money and other valuables on Friday. Later, the gang members escaped the scene leaving the tourists in a critical condition. Earlier a gang of hoodlums kidnapped a couple and their baby from the sea beach in Cox's Bazar, took them to a desolate place and then to a local hotel where three of them violated the woman.

Tourism’s contribution to the gross domestic product is estimated at 3.02 per cent (Tk 76,690.7 crore), says a BBS study. However, if the armed muggers equipped with fire arms and sharp weapons  roam and loot everything like money, valuables including cell phone sets, laptop other electronic devices, handbags, and ornaments from the tourists in the future, it would very difficult for the sector to sustain.

Country’s tourism sector emerges as an important contributor to economic development with many local and foreign people visiting the country’s tourists’ destinations every day. A planned, well-regulated and inclusive tourism industry can only play an important role in creating employment and economic development in our country.

The government must work

 according to a specific plan in

 order to present the diverse 

tourist attractions of Bangladesh

 to domestic and foreign tourists

The authorities must provide adequate security to domestic and foreign tourists at first. Members of different law enforcement agencies including Tourist Police will have to be stricter in ensuring security of tourists. Besides, they should remain vigilant round the clock to thwart any unwanted situation.

Thousands of people from home and abroad throng the tourist spots to enjoy the country’s natural beauty enriched with sea, mountains and forest between the month of October and March every year. Huge amount of money is transacted in the tourist spots during the period, making tourism industry viable for economic and social development.  

It has been noticed that country’s all tourist spots including Cox’s Bazar are now buzzing with a stream of tourists. The owners of hotels, motels and resorts are happy with the tourist rush amid financial crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic and Russia-Ukraine war. In this regard, additional law enforcement personnel will have to be deployed to strengthen surveillance, especially in the tourist spots considering the smooth and fearless movement of travellers. 

Last but not least, the government must work according to a specific plan in order to present the diverse tourist attractions of Bangladesh to domestic and foreign tourists.