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16 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Pakullah-Delduwar road a happy hunting ground for criminals

Our Correspondent, Tangail

The Pakullah-Delduwar road in Tangail district has become a paradise for criminals. Mugging, hijacking of motorcycles, looting valuables from passengers, abduction for ransom and murder have become a common feature of the important road. Travelling on the road, passing through two upazilas, has become a nightmare. Local residents want a police outpost in the area.

The Pakullah-Delduwar road is about 7km long. It starts from the Dhaka-Tangail highway in Mirzapur upazila and ends in Tangail town after passing through the Delduwar upazila headquarters. The stretch is used as an alternative road from Tangail town to Dhaka or Nagorpur to Dhaka. Mirzapur is also close to Delduwar. So, a large number of people use the road to save time.

After passing Ratnawori village, about 2km of the road is without any human habitat. The miscreants take advantage of the solitary place to commit crimes. Organised gangs of robbers, muggers, hijackers, abductors take control of the road after nightfall, and passengers fall prey to them.

The miscreants loot the belongings of passengers at gun-point. Sometimes they put up barricades with felled logs and loot motorcyclists, passengers of CNG-run autos, trucks and covered vans.

Many mass robberies have been committed on the road, locals told this correspondent.

The vulnerable places are near the Pakullah Bridge, Robi Tower near Pakullah, the Bathulu intersection, Ratnawori. Hijacking, robberies, abduction and other crimes are frequent occurences at these places.

Abdul Hakim of Ratnawali village said miscreants dominate the road at night. Sometimes bodies are left there after murder as it is the border of two upazilas. Mugging and robberies are common on the road, he added.

Mizanur Rahman, manager of BRAC, was recently going home to Kaliakore from Delduwar at night. Robbers intercepted his motorcycle. The manager tried to protect himself. But the robbers chopped him with sharp weapons, and looted valuables and the motorcycle worth about Tk. 2 lakh. Local people rescued him from a paddy field in a critical condition and admitted him to Tangail Medical College Hospital.

A gang of robbers attacked a private car, near the Kashil petrol pump, on the night of April 6. The driver, Monir Hossain, said robbers, numbering six and armed with ramdao, tried to stop the car. The driver slowed down the car and the robbers stood by the side of the road. When the driver accelerated, the robbers struck the glass of the car. The driver narrowly escaped.

AKM Saydeul Hoque Bhuyan, officer-in-charge of Delduwar police station, said patrollimg is a regular feature. Robbers and hijackers from other places commit crimes and leave instantly. Many criminals have been arrested and sent to jail.

 

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