Anwar Hossain drove covered vans of SA Paribahan for about a year and dreamed two twisted dreams. He would marry a second time and own a bus.
Call it a luck if you may, the 37-year-old found a shortcut to riches, with a little help from his buddy Ali Hossain.
On the night of December 11 last year, he was assigned to drive a courier van from the transport company's branch office at Mirpur to its head office at Kakrail in the capital. A few kilometres down the road, he picked up his colleague Ali, aged about 32.
The two then looted Tk 38 lakh, two tolas of gold and two cell phones from the van and abandoned the vehicle near Farmgate around 9:30pm.
This done, it was about time to realise the dreams. On December 13, Anwar married a girl about half his age without the knowledge of his first wife, who lives in Barisal with two children. Three days later, he along with Ali bought a bus for Tk 10.4 lakh.
With the new wife at his home and the bus hitting the Turag-Jatrabari route, Anwar might have thought they would live happily ever after. But lady luck came in the way, smirking.
Early yesterday, detectives arrested the duo from their hiding place at Rajfulbaria in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital.
Mashiur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said the two were robbers in the guise of drivers.
"After the looting of the SA Paribahan covered van, they looted Tk 11 lakh from another place," he told The Daily Star yesterday.
Police recovered Tk 24 lakh from Anwar's house in Savar and seized the bus from Mirpur.