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Bangladeshi beggar arrested by UAE police had Dh30,000 in cash
Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:49 PM, Agencies

A Bangladeshi beggar who was arrested by Khorfakkan police had nearly Dh30,000 in his possession, local press reports said on Wednesday.

The man was among several other beggars captured by the police in separate raids through the eastern UAE port within a campaign to stem begging during Ramadan.

When police searched him, they found nearly Dh30,000 which he said was raised through begging in the city. They also found fake medical reports intended to attract public sympathy and push people to give him alms, according to emirates247.com.

It was not clear whether the beggar made that sum in one day.

The Abu Dhabi Police GHQ had on Tuesday said that as many as 231 beggars were arrested across the city in two weeks since the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan, as part of the policing and security efforts to curb this scourge.

Major General Mohammed bin Al Awadhi Al Menhali, Director General of Police Operations at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, noted beggars, mostly of Asian nationalities, were caught trying to appeal to the sympathy of citizens especially in front of mosques and in public places.

Al Menhali urged community members to cooperate by quickly reporting the whereabouts of beggars.

For his part, Colonel Dr. Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Acting Director of the Community Police Directorate, indicated that the police and investigation patrols will intensity their crackdown campaigns to arrest beggars in areas where they are most likely to frequent.

Colonel Borshid pointed out that cooperation between the police and community members is vital and extremely important in the fight against begging.

Adding further, Colonel Borshid indicated that the arrested resort to begging as an easy way to make money without effort, and consider begging the most lucrative of professions.

“This is fraud, not people in need,” he noted; stressing that most beggars are mainly thieves, who go door-to-door, become familiar with homes, and can later pose a robbery threat.





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