Crimes by police impersonators are increasing in the capital and its outskirts day by day, creating panic among common people.
Many real DB policemen have been accused of such misdeeds while criminals in the name of DB police are taking the opportunity.
These fake DB police persons use handcuffs, toy pistols, toy walkie talkies, ropes, fake ID cards and micro bus like the real DB police and try to win the trust of potential victims.
According to detectives, now the police impersonators are more sophisticated. In many cases, they also wear jackets like DB police.
In the name of checking, these gangs stop vehicles on highways dressed as lawmen and commit crimes.
Sometimes, they storm into the house of people, hold them hostage and realise ransom.
DB impersonators are now organised and commit violent crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, robbery, mugging and extortion.
Some police members, who were terminated from the police forces for various offences, are involved in the gangs of fake DB police, sources said.
On Wednesday, police arrested an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Industrial Police of Ashulia and three people impersonating detective police at Baipail of Ashulia in Dhaka on charge of demanding ransom from people after making them hostage.
The arrestees were identified as Makbul Hossain, an ASI of Ashulia industrial police, and three of his associates - Biplob Hossain, Swapan Hossain and Hasmat Ali Sheikh.
They also released four people, including a woman, who were held hostage.
Police seized a wireless set and a handcuff used by the ASI and a microbus.
Abdul Awal, Ashulia police station officer-in-charge (OC) said the gang, led by Makbul Hossain, took the four hostages to a microbus and demanded ransom from their families.
“The gang was caught red-handed following a complaint from one of the victims’ mother,” he added.
The OC also said Makbul used to pick up people and demand a handsome amount of money as ransom from the hostages’ families through mobile money transfer system.
Makbul was suspended following the incident, said Ashulia Industrial Police Director Sana Shaminur Rahman.
On October 25, Bangladesh Army personnel detained seven members of DB police with Tk 17 lakh realised as ransom after abducting a trader from Marine Drive Road under Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.
The DB men were suspended after the incident. Departmental action was also taken against the suspended detectives, according to sources.
In the guise of DB police, the gangsters kidnap innocent people as well as businessmen and realise a handsome amount of money from them or their family members in exchange for their freedom, detective sources said.
On October 25, police arrested 11 members of a fake DB police from Motijheel and Paltan areas in the capital.
On April 18, military police detained 11 members of the Detective Branch, including an assistant commissioner, for allegedly snatching money and mobile phones while posing as RAB officials at a club in Ibrahimpur area under Kafrul police station in the capital.
After the incident, 11 members of DB police were suspended and a three-member probe body was also formed to investigate the matter.
Later, the investigators found 11 DB personnel guilty of extortion and three types of punitive actions were recommended against them.
On February 12, a team of DB police arrested 11 frauds, who had been impersonating as DB police, from Sabujbagh area in the capital.
Law enforcers also recovered three vehicles, three pistols, two pipe guns, five rounds of bullets, five jackets of DB police, one walkie-talkie, five handcuffs and knives during the drive.
“All of them were robbers in the disguise of DB police,” said a police official.
On July 18, detectives held 12 fake DB men from Jatrabari in the capital.
During the arrest, two pistols, six rounds of bullets, sticks, a walkie-talkie, two handcuffs, two knives, a DB jacket and a silver-coloured Noah microbus were recovered from them.
On October 19, villagers caught six fake DB men in Khetlal upazila of Joypurhat when they were fleeing after looting Tk 3 lakh from a man of Akkelpur upazila in the district on Wednesday.
Joint commissioner of DB Abdul Baten told the daily sun, “We often conducted drives against criminals, including fake police or DB police.”
He said, “Recently we have detained 11 criminals who introduced themselves as detective police and were involved in various crimes. Legal action had been taken against those fake DB members.”
“If any police member gets involved in crime then it is his personal matter. He has to take the responsibility,” he added.
“Stricter measures were taken against the policemen who were involved in crimes,” he added.