Uttara Arms Recovery

Still no headway in probe

Staff Correspondent

20 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Law enforcers are yet to make any headway in the investigation into  recovery of huge firearms and ammunition from a canal at Uttara in the capital in June, 2016.

The mystery behind the weapons cache is yet to be unearthed. The recovered arms and ammunition included 97 pistols, 462 magazines, 1,060 bullets, 10 bayonets, 180 killing rods and 104 spring-joint boxes and others.

Immediately after their recovery, police termed it as a conspiracy hatched at home and abroad.

Presently, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is investigating the matter following filing of a general diary (GD) with Turag police station.

 DMP additional commissioner Monirul Islam, also chief of the CTTC, admitted to an online news portal that their investigation did not make any headway.

“We apprehend that the firearms belonged to a particular group who probably thought it unsafe to store them somewhere, but to dump in the canal. We hope to find out the truth soon.”

On June 18, 19 and 25 in 2016, the law enforcers recovered huge firearms and ammunition, stuffed in 13 travel bags, in the canal at Diabari, Uttara.

Constable Shahidul Islam, who was then transferred to Dakshinkhan police station from Turag, saw the firearms during a visit to the canal along with his family members.

The recovery of arms and ammunition sparked a furore across the country as those were found amid recurrence of militant attacks.

However, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia suspected that BNP-Jamaat men were behind hiding the arms and ammunition in the canal.

In reply to a query on failure to turn the GD into a case, Turag police station officer-in-charge (OC) Nurul Muttakin said, “The GD was lodged after recovery of the arms and ammunition in an abandoned condition. Had the arms been seized from any person and their destination could have been known then and only then the GD could be turned into a case.”

Meanwhile, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) recovered huge arms and ammunition from a house in DOHS Baridhara in the city on Thursday, reports UNB.

The team recovered two pistols, two shot guns, 11 round bullets, 50 detonators and seven books on extremism, Tk 3 lakh cash and fake currency worth Tk 3 lakh from the spot.

Sources at the CTTC unit headquarters said they had information that a vested quarter, closely involved with a banned militant outfit, have been living in the house for long.