CHITTAGONG: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered huge illegal communication devices, including satellite phones and high frequency sets, from a market in the city’s Pahartali area on Sunday.
Four persons were arrested in this connection. The arrestees are identified as Md Shafiqul Islam, 45, Md Shamsul Alam, 50, Md Liton, 45 and Md Jewel, 28.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of the RAB-7 of Chittagong raided five shops at Golam Mostafa Market in Pahartali at around 1:00am.
They recovered the devices from the shops and arrested its four staffs.
The devices recovered in the drive include 34 satellite phones, 132 radio sets of VHF, UHF, HF, two furuno radio aerials, two JRC radar antennas, three transmission units, four bridge alarms, five receivers, one sailor set communication terminal, eight antennas, four power supply units, two JRC printers, two key boards, nine handsets, 22 radar display, seven Doppler logs, 76 GPS navigators, 117 nevtex receivers, seven AIS, six furuno antennas with receiver and four pyrotechnic items.
RAB-7 Commanding Officer (CO) Lieutenant Colonel Miftah Uddin Ahmed told the daily sun that buy and sale of these equipment without permission from the concerned authorities is illegal.
Some unscrupulous businessmen collect those equipment from scrap vessels and later sell from the market, he said.
The criminals of bordering areas use these equipment for illegal trade of Yaba, hundy and others. Besides, those can be used for overhearing the conversation of law enforcement agencies, said the CO.
“We will investigate to whom those equipment were sold earlier and use of them,” he added.
Executive magistrate and officials of BTRC were present during the drive led by Major SM Sudipta Shaheen of the RAB.