Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) said on Friday they arrested 26 people from different areas of the capital in connection with extortion and snatching.
During the first raid Rab arrested 14 people including Md. Mosharraf Hossain, Md. Masud Raihan, Md. Rokon, Md. Billal Hossain, Md. Akhtar Hossain, Md. Harun, Md. Saheb Ali, Md. Jewel, Md. Arif Chowdhury, Md. Al Amin, Md. Sumon, Md. Rana, Md. Iman Ali and Md. Iqbal.
Rab members recovered Tk 44,990 in cash and 15 mobile phones from the arrestees, said a Rab media release.
During the second raid 12 people were arrested including Md. Sumon, Md. Abdur Rahman, Md. Saiful Mia, Md. Ripon Mia, Md. Amirul Islam, Nityananda Adhikari, Md. Anwar Hossain, Md. Sohail, Sharif, Mubarak, Md. Al Amin and Suruj Mia.
Four razors and seven switch-geared knives were recovered from them
During interrogation, the arrestees admitted that they have been illegally extortioning money at rate of Tk 100 to Tk 500 from shops, hawkers, three-wheelers and trucks in their respective areas.
They are also involved in snatching valuables from pedestrians, rickshaw and auto-rickshaw passengers showing arms and weapons in the city.
Legal action has been taken against the arrestees, said additional police super (ops officer) Beena Rani Das.