CNI Desk: Millions of people ranging from lower-income people to highly paid individuals have become jobless during the coronavirus outbreak, also causing a spike in crimes.
Woes and hardship of the lower-income groups have already mounted with many of these jobless people have already got involved in various criminal activities in the capital and its outskirts.
Police are yet to arrest anyone over the theft at a warehouse in Begum Bazar, Chawkbazar on May 21.
In a separate incident on May 16, a mugger on a motorbike snatched Tk 182,000 from a rickshaw passenger in Bakshibazar.
The video footage from a CC camera in the area showed three men wearing masks but after three weeks of investigation, police are yet to make an arrest.
On May 11, mask-wearing assailants beat up a rider of ride-sharing service Pathao and stole his motorbike near Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
Thieves stole goods worth Tk 300,000 from Monwara Medical Hall, a medicine store in Jatrabari’s Mirhazaribag on May 3.
“Jatrabari police and the detective branch are working in tandem to catch the criminals. It’s a bit tough as they wore masks,” said Jatarabari Police OC Mazharul Islam.
Thieves also stole around Tk 2 million from a mobile phone shop in DIT Road, Malibag on Jun 3.
A case was filed in Rampura Police Station but police are yet to arrest anybody or recover the goods.
“We’ve received the video footage and started the investigation. All of those involved in the theft wore masks,” said Quddus Fakir, chief of Rampura Police Station.
On Wednesday, members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested eight people, with domestic weapons in their possession, as they were preparing for a robbery in the capital’s Mohammadpur agricultural market area.
The arrestees are Tipu, 26, Tousif, 19, Sanu, 25, Abid Hossain, 35, Arif Hossain, 35, Abdur Rahman, 19, Sumon, 15, and Chunna, 15.
RAB-2 Company Commander SP Mohiuddin Faruki said, “The arrestees confessed in primary interrogation that they were members of an organized crime ring. Their occupation is robbery, snatching, stealing and looting.
On Friday, two suspected robbers were killed by a mob after allegedly being caught red-handed while committing a robbery at Kaliganj in Gazipur, police said.
Braving the coronavirus pandemic, garment workers often taking to the streets and staging demonstrations for wages.
Many of the jobless lower-income people have already left the capital for their ancestral homes.
The workers have no work now. Many construction workers are in the same position as the work of their construction sites has been suspended.
The rickshaw pullers do not get passengers like normal time. The begging at door-to-door almost has got stopped as residents are fearful of any stranger for the virus and other reasons.
Most of the private job holders got leaves due to the quick spreading of the virus, but they were not paid salaries of their previous months.
Some working-class people said that if the house owners would consider on house rent something, they would be benefited to a large extent.
Fazlul Haque, a job holder of a private farm and a resident of Boro Beraid in Badda, told the daily sun that he drew Tk 30,000 salary monthly. “I had to pay Tk 12,000 for house rent and civil bills every month. I cannot save even a penny after family and children education expenditures.”
“We did not get the salary of the last several months. We do not know whether we will be given the salary soon. But the house owner will have to be paid the rent timely.”
“If the house owner will consider something, it will be very helpful for us,” he said.
One Russell came to Mohammapur in Dhaka from Bhola’s Bankerhat six months ago. He managed work at a three-wheeler human hauler (leguna) as its helper. He earned Tk 300 to 500 every day. But he could hardly earn any money since the beginning of the general holiday.
Didarul Mia, who works at a showroom of an electronic goods shop, at Gulshan-1, told the daily sun that their shop was closed for two months, but it was not sure if the running month salary would be paid or not.
“If the salary is not paid, how I will bear family expenses and house rent. The house owner will not tolerate even a day after 10 days of the next month,” he said.
Many of the daily wage-earners expressed anxiety as some of them have already become jobless because of the lockdown.
For many of the 4.1 million workers in Bangladesh’s garment industry, their income from stitching clothes for customers, which include some of the world’s largest fashion companies, can be critical to survival.
But more than a million have already been fired or furloughed as global fashion companies have cancelled or suspended orders in Bangladesh due to the coronavirus crisis.