THE robbery in broad daylight at Moghbazar in which Tk. 31 lakh was snatched from an employee of a private company causing him grievous gunshot injury on Tuesday speaks volumes of the state of law and order in the country. The timing and style of the robbery, as reported, make it amply evident that the felons were well-informed and well prepared. It was because of absence of any law-enforcers around the scene of the incident that the robbers could make off with the looted money unchallenged.
This is not the first case of such audacious robbery taking place in and around the city as elsewhere in the country. Incidents like employees of money transfer agency bKash being stabbed or shot before getting mugged at Bashabo and Turag, or businessmen being shot at in Motijhhel and Topkhana Road area, have often been the stuff of the news in the not-too-distant past. In many cases the victims of such snatching or mugging were murdered by criminals. What worries us most is that in absence of effective deterrent measures, the incidence of such crimes is on a rising curve.
Evidently, criminals are getting further emboldened by lack of matching police actions against such crimes. The home ministry can ill-afford to allow such crimes to continue unabated. It should ensure that the citizens feel secure to carry out their day-to-day transactions. In particular, the criminals behind the Moghbazar robbery must be arrested and brought to book within the soonest possible time.