Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  
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Cops nab 566 in crime busting drive

To quash a sharp rise in robbery and mugging in recent months, the law enforcement agencies in special drives nabbed as many as 566 suspected criminals from different areas of the city in only 24 hours since Monday morning.

The police and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) launched the clampdown on the city underworld on Sunday, aiming at curbing the accelerating frequency of criminal incidents that saw a number of deaths and injuries to city dwellers.

Robbers have become so daring that they even raided the houses of two police officials at Khilgaon and Shyampur and stabbed another in the last two months.

"We've redoubled our patrolling, surveillance and block raids at different parts of the city, as incidents of robbery recently have marked an unusual rise, particularly in Mirpur and Mohammadpur areas," said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner SM Mizanur Rahman yesterday.

Seventy special teams of plainclothesmen formed recently to crush robberies and mugging have swung into action. The police also have stepped up vigilance at 459 crime points under the 22 police stations in the city.

A patrol team of each of the police stations is patrolling the city streets at night. Besides, teams of the crime-busting Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) are stationed at 20 sensitive points in the city, sources said.

From 6:00am Monday to 6:00am Tuesday, the law enforcers arrested 566 people in special drives and block raids in different areas of the city.

The 70 special detective teams arrested 283 of the arrestees, while the police and BDR nabbed 80 in joint block raids in the areas under eight police stations -- Hazaribagh, Khilgaon, Badda, Kafrul, Dhanmondi, Sabujbagh, Uttara and Pallabi.

The special detective police team Cobra caught the remaining 203 people.

At least 10 incidents of robbery were recorded in Mirpur area from end of April to date, when robbers looted Tk 10 lakh in cash and valuables and hurt two city dwellers, police sources said.

Robbers knifed primary school headmistress Talukdar Shahnaj Kabir Lily to death and looted cash and gold worth about Tk 5.17 lakh from her Harirampur house in Uttara on April 17.

On April 1, robbers looted cash, gold and valuables to the tune of Tk 7 lakh from Shyampur residence of Police Sub-Inspector Abdus Sattar posted at Keraniganj.

A gang of robbers stabbed Nasima Akhter, wife of a police havilder, at their house on Ulan Road in Khilgaon on May 20.

In Demra, a gang of six shot Mohammed Jasim, as he shouted for help seeing the robbers cutting the window grills of his house on May 19.