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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Crimes surge alarmingly

Incidents of murder, mugging and rape have increased significantly in the capital over the last three months. While the police have reportedly stepped up their vigil and have made a few breakthroughs in apprehending the alleged perpetrators of serious crimes in recent times, we are yet to see a decrease in crime.  A particularly gruesome act was the murder of two minor school boys after sexual assault in Dhaka's Moghbazar area last April. The victims, Jewel and Biplob, were children of underprivileged parents with little social pull and so it was feared that the murderers might get away. The police, in this case, deserve praise for not letting that happen and the alleged murderers, Ranju Sarder and Kasai Liton, were duly apprehended after a few days. Crime figures compiled by police are not assuredly exhaustive but these too show a rise in crimes in the second quarter of 2008 in Dhaka city. Shop owners in Mirpur area became very apprehensive after the sensational July 8 robbery in a jewellery shop in which jewellery and cash valued at Tk 1.5 cr were looted. In this climate of fear and insecurity, trade and commerce can hardly grow. Extortionists have become more active and citizens including Dhaka University professors are receiving threatening phone calls from extortionists who invoke the name of the feared criminal, Subrata Bain. It is claimed by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner that the police have taken different anti-crime measures including setting up check posts and increasing patrols by plainclothesmen. But the police will also have to take care that the check posts do not become a source of harassment and insult to common citizens.

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