Witnesses said at least seven criminals, equipped with firearms, entered Hira Jeweller’s on the first floor of Iqbal Centre in Banani around 2:30pm and took away the gold taking its employees hostages at gunpoint.
Police said the robbers were also brandishing sharp weapons and they did not stay more than five minutes inside the shop.
Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station, said the robbers fled the scene riding on two CNG-run autorickshaws.
Shop owner Ali Akbar Khan claimed that about 1,000 tolas of gold was looted from his shop.
Shah Alam said sever people, including four employees of the shop, were held for interrogation.
“We’ve already started investigation into the matter,” he added.
Ali Akbar Khan blamed police for the incident and demanded immediate recovery of the gold and arrest of the criminals.
Ashraful Azim, assistant commissioner of police for Gulshan Zone, however blamed nonchalance of the shop owner to the security of the shop.
“All three security cameras of the shop remained out of order for three years,” he added.
Admitting failure of the police to stop such crimes, he said they had asked the shop owner to ensure security of his shop.
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