The Tajmahal Road area in Mohammadpur is notorious for its unsafe environment throughout the day with random muggings taking place at any given time. Such brazen acts have become less frequent with the intervention of police vehicles around the neighbourhood.
However, the slow and predictable patterns police use to guard the area are easy to work around and thus these occurrences have resurged in other forms.
One such incident took place on November 20 last year when I, a reporter of The Daily Star, returned home from work at roughly 1:20am.
After arriving at my residence in Tajmahal Road, I only had to wait a few moments for the gates to open. However, it was at that instant, a grey Toyota Corolla skidded to a stop in front of the house.
Assuming it to be a high-spirited neighbour, I remained on the spot while an unidentified man got down and approached me. He wanted to know where I had come from. I assumed this individual was a plainclothes officer and obliged.
However, no sooner was this question answered that two other individuals jumped out wielding machetes. The trio then encircled me and threatened that if I yelled, they would hack me on the spot. After speeding away with my belongings, another man ran up and exclaimed: Did they catch you also?
It turned out that this second individual was robbed by the same people on the very same street moments before.
Both of us then went to the police box located at the edge of Iqbal Road to inform local police. There, we were immediately questioned as to why we were even out of our homes after midnight in the first place, especially since "only those who are up to no good were out that late."
After explaining the situation, the officers made light of it and one even giggled, "How can you be robbed in front of your own home?"
The incident occured in December last year.