Published: Friday, July 26, 2013

Criminals’ den in Tangail town

Inaction of law enforcers blamed

 The road near Tangail Stadium turns a safe haven for drug peddlers and muggers at night amid alleged negligence of law enforcers. PHOTO: STAR


The road near Tangail Stadium turns a safe haven for drug peddlers and muggers at night amid alleged negligence of law enforcers. PHOTO: STAR

The district town sees rising incidents of criminal activities allegedly amid inaction of law enforcers.
Several organised gangs remain active, often at places close to law enforcement agency offices, alleged townspeople.
Muggers recently snatched Tk 75,000 and a motorbike from Ratan Chandra Sarker when he returned to his home at Shantikunja intersection. Similarly, Hafeza Begum of the Torabganj area had her bag snatched after withdrawing money from Islami Bank.
The muggers easily escape through the narrow lanes after snatching bags, gold chains and mobile phones, said locals. Clothe vendors often fall victim, losing bundles of clothes and cash.
Meanwhile, daring robberies were committed at two flats in Purbo Adalatpara and at a house in Bazitpur a few days ago. Armed robbers took residents hostage at gunpoint and looted valuables worth Tk 30 lakh. None have been arrested in connection with the incidents although three weeks have passed.
Moreover, extortion under political cover is affecting traders and people in general. Extortionists often use firearms, posing death threat to especially to those planning to construct houses or purchase land.
Victims say they are often unwilling to lodge complaints with law enforcers for various reasons including harassment and a lack of security.
Nazrul Islam, officer in-charge (OC) of Tangail Model Police Station, said while he could not verify crimes for lack of complaints, reported robberies were being fully investigated.
Meanwhile, drug peddlers have been doing a brisk trade, selling drugs mostly to school and college students.  Peddlers often bribe a section of law enforcers, sources said.
Surprisingly, drug peddlers are active in the town’s stadium area, only a few metres away from the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) camp, locals said.
Contacted, Rabiul Islam, commander of Crime Prevention Company-3 of Rab-12, said they will soon launch a drive against the peddlers.