They look like gentlemen, wearing blazers or suits or properly ironed shirts and trousers. They would suddenly appear on the street and greet you, “Assalamualaikum”. You probably won't suspect anything or realise what is going on before they have robbed you off your money and valuables.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested five such muggers in Paltan area on Wednesday, Mahmudul Haque, officer-in-charge of Paltan Police Station told The Daily Star.
The OC said the gang mugged people in a specific area and the people arrested -- Jitu, 49, Mizan, 35, Akhtar Hossain, 45, Ripon, 28, and Pintu Miah, 31, -- only operated in Shantinagar, Paltan, and Kakrail.
They look like employees of corporate offices or well-to-do businessmen but they carry knives or other sharp weapons in their pockets.
“Such gangs usually acquire targets at banks or ATM booths. After finding a target, they tail the person and inform other members to close in on the target,” the OC said.
At a convenient spot, one of the gang members would appear in front of the target and say “Assalamualaikum” as if he knows the target and confusing the victim-to-be whether they know the gang member.
By this time, the other members surround the victim. “Then they rob the victim and leave,” the police official said.