Sunday, 14 August, 2022

Sales of illegal arms still on

Some licenced arms shops allegedly continue selling illegal firearms in the capital and other cities of the country, encouraging criminals to commit horrendous crimes.

Many said such a crime has surfaced under the very nose of law enforcement agencies and district administrations.

Insiders in Bangladesh Arms Dealers and Importers Association say that the government should increase vigil to stop sales of illegal firearms to maintain law and order.

A strong monitoring by the district administrations and law enforcement agencies can check the sales of illegal firearms, but there has lack of monitoring, a leader of Bangladesh Arms Dealers and Importers Association told Daily Sun, preferring anonymity.

The issue came to the fore after Imran Hossain Zitu was arrested in the capital over the murder of Jahidul Islam Tipu, former general secretary of the greater Motijheel Thana Awami League.

After bringing back ‘top terror’ Suman Sikdar Musa, a prime suspect for Awami League Leader Jahidul Islam Tipu murder, from Oman, the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) interrogated him.

During interrogation, police came to know that the firearm, which was used by ‘shooter’ Masum Mohammad Akash to kill Tipu, was brought from ‘Arms Museum’ at Pritom Bhaban on Topkhana Road at Purana Paltan of the capital.

Rakibur Rahman Rakib, a leader of Motijheel Thana Unit of Chhatra League, took the firearm and 15 bullets from the firearm shop owned by Zitu.

Taking the firearm and bullets from Zitu, Rakib reached those to Musa for succeeding in the killing mission.

On June 15 and 16, the detective police arrested Chhatra League leader Rakib and Zitu in the capital.

Sources said Zitu earlier did arms trade under Imran Arms shop. Later, he founded Arms Museum.          He sold the illegal firearms and bullets to the criminals, said the sources.

When contacted, Md Kamruzzaman, assistant inspector general (Media and Public Relations) of Police Headquarters, told the Daily Sun that they were continuously monitoring the firearms shops.

“It is not possible for any legal firearms shop to sell a firearm without licence. Investigation is being done about Zitu. Police will find out how the firearm went to the criminal from his shop,” he said.

The police officer said, “If legal firearms are used for criminal acts, they are labeled as illegal arms.”

He further said that there was no lack of their monitoring on the arms shops.

Earlier, police discovered that Foyez Baks Bhuiyan and Arms Store in Cumilla sold illegal firearms.

Babul, owner of the shop, used to sell illegal firearms to criminals.

Mofizur Rahman founded M/S Mofizur Rahman Arm in Chattogram in 1905. The legal arms were sold in the shop. It had a reputation. After the death of Mofizur, his son Mohammad Hossain inherited the shop.

Hossain began to sell illegal firearms in 2015. At one stage, he turned the shop into a hub of selling and buying illegal arms.

Later, the members of Special Action Group under the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Division of the DMP arrested Hossain in Sayedabad area of the capital.