A youth was killed by mob who was allegedly attempting to rob a man in the capital’s Bhajahori Saha Street at Wari yesterday.
However, the victim’s family accused police of falsely labelling him as a mugger and letting the mob kill him.
The victim, Sazzadur Rahman Robin, 22, was son of Md Liton Miah, owner of Hridoy Decorator in Tipu Sultan Road.
Mostak Ahmed, deputy commissioner at Wari division, said Robin was caught by Zahir Uddin, an agent of mobile banking company bKash, when Robin attempted to snatch Tk30 lakh away from him around 11am.
“As Zahir caught Robin, Robin stabbed Zahir indiscriminately. But Zahir did not let him go and cried for help,” said the deputy commissioner. “Hearing the commotion, the locals gathered and started to beat Robin up. Later, police rescued him and rushed him to Dhaka Medical College and
Hospital (DMCH) where he died around noon.”
However, Robin’s uncle Towfiqur Rahman Tutul claimed that his nephew was not a mugger and he worked with his father.
“Robin was passing through the Bhajahori Saha Street. But a police team picked him up on a police van.
On the way to the police station, they beat him with their rifles and later handed him over to a mob, saying he was a mugger,” Tutul said.
He held police responsible for Robin’s murder and said they would file a case with a Dhaka court against Wari police station.
When contacted, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner at Dhaka
Metropolitan Police’s Media Centre, said Robin used to rob people in the area, but there were no cases filed against him.
He also said police had found Tk1 lakh of the robbed money in Robin’s possession.