An organised gang of criminals posing as detectives are roaming the city streets to commit snatching and other crimes.
Many city-dwellers are panicked as street crimes mark a rise during an Eid festival.
Criminals wearing police uniform and taking handcuffs, walky-talky and microbuses wait at different strategic points for their targets.
The gangsters waylay and handcuff their targets and take them on their vehicles. They finally get them down from vehicles in exchange for money, detective sources said.
Two days ago, Sohag, manager of a private firm, fell prey to a fake detective gang in Bashundhara residential area of the capital.The gang robbed him of Tk 240,000.
Sohaq was waiting for a rickshaw after drawing the money from Mutual Trust Bank in Bashudhara residential area around 1:00pm, his brother Mazaharul Islam said.
“We went to Vatara police station to seek their help. Police did not do any cooperation,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman said, “As armed gangsters are posing as detective police. Many people are falling victim to such a gang and losing their belongings.
Recently, police have caught 16 fake detectives with firearms, police uniform, handcuffs, walky-talky in Banasree and Shahbagh areas.
Two cases were filed with Sabujbagh Police Station in this connection, he said. The arrested were being grilled to know more about their crimes.
About 12 gangs are active in the capital and on its outskirts. The gangsters are realising ransom, detective sources said.
Inmates of auto-rickshaws and slow-moving three-wheelers rickshaws usually fall prey to the gangsters and lose their cash money, gold ornaments, mobile phone sets and other valuables, sources said.