Police on Saturday night arrested a man after he attempted to mug ornaments from a jewellery shop in Dhaka's Baitul Mukarram Mosque Market, brandishing a bomb-like object.
The arrestee was identified as Saiful Islam, a resident of Naria Upazila in Shariatpur district, said police.
"Saiful wrapped an empty bottle with tape and carried it into a jewellery shop around 8:30pm," Abu Bakar Siddique, officer-in-charge of Paltan Police Station, said quoting shop attendants. The police official said Saiful put two bangles in his bag.
As the shop owner asked for money, he showed the bomb-like object and tried to flee, threatening to explode it, said Atiqul Islam, additional deputy commissioner (DB-Motijheel) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
Shop employees and street vendors caught him and handed him over to police.
Bomb disposal unit of DMP later went there and discarded the object after making sure it was not a bomb, said the ADC.
He said police recovered chili powder and a mobile phone from Saiful's possession. "In primary interrogation, Saiful told police that after mugging, his aim was to throw the chili powder and flee," the ADC said.
Saiful Islam, a deputy commissioner of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, said they are looking into the matter.