Within a span of six hours, two muggings took place in the Kotwali Model police station area yesterday, creating panic among the residents of the locality.
A gang of five robbers took away a tab, laptop, mobile phone set and Tk40,000 in cash from Rumana Chowdhury, vice-principal of Scholars’ Home Preparatory School, South Surma Campus, while she was headed to her school at around 7:30pm.
Hearing her screams, locals rushed to the spot and caught the driver of a private car who was identified as Sunil Das. But the rest of his accomplices managed to flee.
Meanwhile, a gang of snatchers riding motorbikes snatched Tk6 lakh from a businessman in the Razargoli area.
Sondip Das, the victim, said: “When I was going to Bagbari to withdraw money from AB Bank, at the Surma Market branch at around 1:30pm, a gang of robbers waylaid me and snatched my money.”
In the wake of increasing muggings, Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) has taken a massive drive against snatchers in the city on Thursday, but the culprits are at large, said Kawsar Chowdhury, a resident of the city’s Razargoli area. Sohel Ahmed, officer in-charge of the Kotwali Model police station, said they were continuing their drives against the snatchers.
Sohel said, after the two robberies, five alleged muggers were arrested so far.
“Some stray incidents have taken place. But, we are aware of the matter and are trying to curb these criminal activities,” he added.
At the end of last year, muggings and robberies had risen sharply in and around Sylhet city as a number of listed criminals had gotten bail then.