The burglary of over 300 bhori of gold ornaments from Rangapori Jewellers in Dhaka was orchestrated by a Bangladesh man living in France.
Nasir Hossain (50), once a thief in Bagerhat, planned the burglary from France while his local cohorts executed the plan.
Detectives came up with the details today, a day after arresting Manjurul Hasan Shamim (38), who was directly involved in stealing at Rajanigandha Tower at Dhaka’s Kachukhet area on February 5.
A team of Mirpur Division of DB recovered Tk 9.5 lakh Shamim got after selling the looted ornaments, AKM Hafiz Akhter, additional commissioner (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said.
The mastermind of the gang, Nasir, left the country seven years back. He used to supply initial money to Shamim before such crimes, he said.
This gang, operated by Nasir, looted several shops in Dhaka and nearby areas, the DB official said.
In primary interrogation, Shamim told DB officials that two gang members — Masud and Ilias — joined the market at Rajanigandha Tower as security guard and cleaner. They used to share details of the market with other members.
As part of their plan, another member of the gang Shaheen Master rented a shop in the market and took iron cutter and other tools inside a box table in the name of taking his furniture inside, Hafiz said.
Around 1:00 am on February 5, two other members — Srikant and Raja Mia — entered Rajanigandha Tower. They along with other members looted the ornaments and cash from two shops of Rangapori Jewellers.
They later went to their rented house in Keraniganj’s Hasnabad area that morning. They sold the ornaments to a goldsmith and shared the money before going into hiding.
Law enforcers are trying to arrest others.