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Hijacking on rise with Eid nearing

Published : Thursday, 16 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 575

Hijackers in Dhaka have become reckless ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr with police every day recording General Diaries (GDs) for small incidents like snatching of mobile sets and small amount of cash.
City dwellers have already fallen victim to numerous mugging traps in Dhaka city. Most of the victims are reluctant to go to the police stations fearing harassment.
According to police records over 50 cases of mugging, 35 robberies and dozens of other criminal activities like hijacking, extortion took place in different parts of the city in last 30 days.
However, the actual figure of mugging and hijacking will be more than the police records, and only a very few cases are recorded in police stations, sources said.
They said most of the victims are reluctant to go to the police stations fearing harassment. On many occasions, the police themselves discourage the victims to file complaints with them, added the sources.
Hijackers used motor bikes, snatching bags from rickshaws, even from within car windows are among other cunning moves in busy roads.
In reality, incidents of mugging should be three to four folds more as many incidents go unrecorded.
However, the law enforcement agencies say they have remained vigilant to prevent these crimes.
There are no accurate statistics on muggings since most people do not report these incidents. Most of the time, even after lodging complaints, stolen money or belongings are not recovered.
According to intelligence sources, seasonal muggers have become active during Ramadan. They choose iftar and sehri times to rob the people because the streets are empty.
Sometimes the muggers pose as drivers of private rental cars, or CNG auto rickshaws, and then take away the passengers' belongings at gunpoint.
Sources said the muggers roam around shopping malls, markets, bus terminals, financial institutions, and other areas. They target people in quiet places and take away their belongings at gunpoint.
Their easy targets are traders who come from rural areas to buy goods from Dhaka.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia However, recently at an event in Dhaka, claimed that no muggings have taken place in the capital during Ramadan - thanks to the efforts of the law enforcers.
In order to prevent such incidents, plainclothes policemen are working alongside those in uniform, he said.

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