Crime index up in Sylhet city ahead of Eid
Incidents of crimes like extortion, mugging and robbery marked a rise in the Sylhet ahead of the Eid festival much to the concern of city dwellers.
Two groups of criminals- professional and drug addicts- are now active in the Sylhet. The professional criminals swoop on innocent people with firearms to rob them of their valuables while drug addicts use sedatives and ointment to make their prey temporarily blind and unconscious, according to the police.
Every day the police record general diaries (GDs) for incidents like snatching of mobile sets and cash. The incidents of mugging have assumed an alarming proportion in the Sylhet over the last one month.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) to strengthen its drive in the city to arrest muggers, extortionists and members of dope gangs.
SMP sources told that muggers, extortionists and members of the dope gang usually become active during the Ramadan and Eid. He said that the police need to perform additional duty to ensure peaceful celebrations of the upcoming Eid. .
Besides, law enforcers have intensified vigilance in the Sylhet to track down motorbike lifting gangs, he added.
Several detectives admitted that it is a tough job to rope the muggers as they swoop on people leaving almost no clue behind and make swift escape through narrow lanes on motorbikes. Police vehicles are not suitable for this kind of chase, according to them.
Another highly placed DB official, preferring anonymity, said the SMP authorities field several teams equipped with motorbikes to curb such crimes.
Hawkers of Sylhet have alleged that they were being subjected to extortion just days ahead of Eid.
According to police records, more than 12 incidents of killing, 25 cases of mugging, 20 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 figures 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.
Commander of RAB,9 told that several teams of RAB members were deployed across the country including Dhaka city to maintain law and order.