Veiled cops catching muggers
Mirpur police have adopted a unique technique to capture muggers red handed.
Code named “Burqa Team,” a four-member police squad -- two wearing burqa (veil) and two in plainclothes -- conducts the drive especially at night.
Police initiated the move in the wake of rising incidents of mugging and carjacking in the area in recent months.
Such team was first introduced in the capital's Mirpur in June 2009, police said.
Abdul Latif, officer-in-charge of Kafrul Police Station, told The Daily Star they devised the technique so that the muggers cannot identify them.
“Our teams catch the muggers when they try to mug them.”
One such team yesterday arrested two alleged muggers at Agargaon in the capital around 4:30am when they tried to mug the squad.
The arrestees are Sadnan Hossain Saju and Azizul Haque. Two of the gang fled the scene.
The team was patrolling between Agargaon and Jahangir Gate link road in a microbus. As they reached Agargaon, four criminals in a private car stopped the microbus and tried to mug them.
“Police shot at them with the guns hidden under their veils. The muggers also fired back,” Latif said.
The two arrested muggers, who received bullets in their legs, were admitted to the National Institute of Cardio-vascular Diseases (NICVD).
The police team seized their private car and a pistol with five bullets.
Five such special teams started the operation in the area on Monday, said Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner (Mirpur Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
One of them is a “Burqa Team” while the four others patrol in plainclothes.
“Mugging had decreased in the area when we conducted such drives in 2009,” recalled Imtiaz, who initiated the move.