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Sunday, 13 January 2008

BRAC bank robbery

Staff Correspondent

The three arrested on Thursday in connection with the robbery at the Dhanmondi branch BRAC Bank were on Friday remanded in custody for interrogation for five days.

Law enforcers produced Majnu, his sister, Moyna, and her husband, Raja Mia, said to be leading the gang, in the chief metropolitan magistrate's court seeking remand for 10 days.

A Detective Branch team arrested the three at Putimari of Srinagar in Munshiganj in possession of 141 tolas of gold ornaments, 13 tolas of silver ornaments, two diamond rings, a piece of diamond, a wristwatch made of gold and Tk 3 lakh earned from the sales of gold.

The team also seized 20 duplicate keys, a hacksaw, an electric drill, three mobiles and several other devices used in breaking open the lockers and cutting the hotel roof.

Raja admitted being involved in the robbery and said it was his responsibility to break open the lockers.

In another raid, the Detective Branch picked up another member of the gang, Maheb Alam Chowdhury, a resident of Mirpur, in possession of 50 more tolas of gold ornaments.

With the four news arrests, eight people have so far been nabbed in connection with the incident. The Mohammadpur police earlier arrested the other four, staff of the Hotel Nid Mahal. They have been remanded in custody for interrogation for five days.

The Detective Branch's additional deputy commissioner Asaduzzaman at a briefing at the DB headquarters said, 'We have came to know the names of nine members of the gang who were directly involved in the robbery.'

'Raja is the leader of the gang. We are carrying out drives to arrest the remaining five suspected being involved in the robbery,' he said.

The Mohammadpur police on Friday handed over all case dockets and documents to the Detective Branch for investigation and Detective Branch inspector Nasir Ullah was made investigation officer of the case.

'We have handed over all related documents and the four suspects arrested earlier to the Detective Branch,' subinspector Abu Baker Siddique, who was investigation officer of the case, said.

Robbers took away gold ornaments and other valuables worth an estimated several crores of taka by breaking open 75 safe deposit lockers at the Dhanmondi branch BRAC Bank in Dhaka early January 6.

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