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Gun shop sold illegal firearms for 6 years!

Gun shop sold illegal firearms for 6 years!

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The account book of M/S Mofizur Rahman Arms shop has no records of selling any firearms since 2015. Police later found out that the shop was involved in buying and selling illegal firearms and ammunition for the last six years.

Special Action Group under the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Division of the DMP obtained the information from the owner of the shop--- Mohammad Hossain--- during a four-day remand after he and his three cohorts were arrested on October 31.

Members of the division arrested Hossain, Lalton Pangkhoya, Ali Akbar and Adilur Rahman Sujon from the capital’s Sayedabad with five foreign arms and 301 bullets.

 “Mofizur Rahman, the father of Hossain, founded the shop at Andarkilla in Chattogram in 1905. Hossain inherited the shop from his father. We did not find any record of sales from this shop since 2015,” said Ahamedul Islam, additional deputy commissioner of the Special Action Group. “Hossain admitted that they sold illegal arms and bullets in the shop after buying those from arms smugglers,” he said.

He provided police with a list of people to whom he sold the illegal arms and ammunition, the officer said, adding that the buyers include elected representatives, including a union Parishad chairman of Boalkhali upazila in Chattogram.

The officer said that Cox’s Bazar was the main market of Hossain. He used to sell arms and bullets to several criminal groups there; he bought a bullet at Tk 200 but sold at Tk 800-1,200.

“Even sometimes, he sold 2,500 to 3,000 bullets in a day,” he said.

 “As per the existing rules, all the arms shops have to provide details on their sale and buy to police and district administration every month,” said Nasir Ahmed, secretary-general of Bangladesh Arms Dealers and Importers Association.

And police and district administrations should ensure regular monitoring of the shops, he said.

adding that they would take action from their association against Mufizur Rahman Arms after scrutiny.

When contacted, Shamsul Alam, additional commissioner (crime and operations) of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP), told the Daily Sun that he was unaware of the matter.

He asked the correspondent to contact the DC concerned.  Asked, Bijoy Bosak, deputy commissioner (South) of the CMP, said that he was also unaware of the matter.

Mohammad Mominur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Chattogram district, could not be reached for comments.

Seeking anonymity, an officer of the CTTC told the Daily Sun that the five firearms and 301 bullets seized from Hossain and his three cohorts were being sent to a terror group in Rohingya camp of Cox’s Bazar.

The officer identified those groups as Arsha, Aro, Islami Mancha, Aliakin or Alakin, Kallu, Munna and some other criminal groups based in the Rohingya camps.

Of them, Kallu and Munna groups were formed by those Rohingyas who came to Bangladesh as refugees at first.

The criminal groups used to buy firearms and bullets from different sources, including M/S Mofizur Rahman Arms shop.

Md Asaduzzaman, additional commissioner (CTTC), said that Hossain managed to get the firearms’ licences of those who died or were not using their arms and bought new arms against the licences. And he sold those after erasing the original numbers on those firearms.