The police arrested three suspected muggers from Mirpur area in the city in connection with the recent snatching bid of a housewife's purse that led to her death.
Ayesha Akhter Ripa, 27, wife of Mohammad Shimul, was a resident of Lalmatia in the capital. She died as she fell off a rickshaw when muggers tried to snatch her purse near Sobhanbagh Mosque under Dhanmondi Police Station in the city on October 28.
Monirul Islam, Joint Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said Abul Kalam, Hemayet Hossain alias Himu and Alamgir Hossain alias Ratan were picked up from Mirpur-6.
The law enforcers also seized the microbus used during the snatching, four vanity bags, a laptop and two machetes from their possession, the police official said.
During the mugging, Kalam was driving and Hemayet dragged the woman's bag, while Ratan rented the vehicle to them at Tk 2,000 per hour.
During preliminary interrogation, they confessed that they had been involved in several mugging incidents in the capital. Nazrul Islam Mukul, a brother-in-law of Ayesha, said she dropped her eight-year-old daughter Raisa to her sister's home at Tajmahal Road and then went to the house of another sister in Dhanmondi last night. The incident took place when she was returning in the morning.