Robbery at MP's house
Armed robbers made away with around 86 tolas of gold ornaments and over Tk 6 lakh from two flats, one belonging to a ruling party lawmaker, at Pallabi in the capital.
Cutting iron bars of a window, the gang of five first entered the first-floor flat in House-34/2 of Pallabi around 2:15am yesterday and then broke into the ground-floor flat of lawmaker Shahida Tarekh Dipti.
They tied up and gagged flat owner late Maj Ziaul Haque's widow and a relative. They ransacked the entire flat taking 6.50 tolas of gold ornaments and Tk 55,000. The gang broke into the rented home of the legislator around 2:40am and took 80 tolas of gold ornaments and Tk 5.51 lakh at gunpoint.
The gang also disconnected the telephone line of Dipti's house while fleeing three hours after the break-in.
Tarekh Mintoo, husband of Dipti, told The Daily Star, “Four masked robbers entered our house cutting bars of a window in the drawing room and turned the lights on.”
“We woke up and as soon as we woke up two criminals pointed revolvers at us and the other two were armed with knives,” said Tarekh Mintoo, adding, “The criminals tied up our hands and legs with ropes from the mosquito net, they blindfolded us with saris and duct taped our mouths.”
“Before they tied us up, they forced us to say where the jewellery and money were,” he added.
The Criminal Investment Department collected evidence from the spots. Home Minister Sahara Khatun and Police Commissioner Benazir Ahmed also visited the flats around 11:30am.
Sahara told reporters that despite police patrolling in the area, such robbery is unfortunate.
She said there must be some godfathers behind such a robbery and asked police to arrest the criminals within 24 hours.