DMP takes steps to destroy network of extortionists
In the wake of widespread threats and intimidation by extortionists over cellphones, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken some initiatives to destroy the criminals' network within a month.
"At present, DMP is giving first priority to its efforts to stop extortion by criminals using cellphones to issue threats to the victims. We have already arrested many such extortionists," DMP Commissioner AKM Shahidul Haque said and hoped that they would be able to destroy the criminals' network and arrest most of them within a month.
He said this at a view exchange meeting with reporters at his office yesterday.
Police sources said they have asked Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to make 623 SIM cards of different cellphone operators inactive as the police found that these SIM cards were collected by criminals using forged documents and fake photographs.
Under the leadership of Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all the eight zones in the DMP, police patrols have been intensified at crime-prone areas and intersections to check muggings during the ongoing special drives that began on May 13, Commissioner Shahidul Haque said.
The law and order situation in the capital has improved as the DMP has arranged special drives recently, he added.
During the last 12 days of an ongoing special drive, the police recovered 13 firearms, 74 bullets and 11 bombs and arrested 3800 criminals, including 20 listed criminals.
The police also seized 35 vehicles, including 21 motorbikes, and equipment for preparing fake currencies, national identity cards and arrested several criminals in this connection, the commissioner said.
During another special drive that ended on April 30, the police recovered 16 firearms.
During these special drives, many criminals have been arrested and many others went into hiding, which led to the near collapse of their criminal networks, the commissioner said.
Such special drives against the criminals has also built a sense of security among the city dwellers, he added.
High police officials of DMP attended the meeting.