Police seized huge arms from canal in Narayanganj

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MNA Editorial Desk: Police have seized a huge arms cache from a canal in Narayanganj following information gleaned from a detained drug peddler.

The drive that started on Thursday night continued into Friday afternoon in Purbachal residential area in Rupganj.

Divers from the fire service joined the drive and recovered 62 submachine guns or SMGs, two rocket launchers, five pistols and some boxes filled with bullets.

Although police did not name the group who belonged to those arms, they claimed to have found similarities with the arms and bags recovered from Diabari in the capital’s Uttara on June 18 last year.

Police recovered 97 foreign pistols, including two 9mm pistols, about 1,060 bullets, 452 magazines and 10 bayonets from Diabari canal. No-one was arrested yet in this connection.

Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, said they were suspecting that the group who had been behind keeping arms in Diabari was responsible for the Rupganj incident.

Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque said they already arrested one who gave police information about the arms, and they were hopeful of getting clue to the arms syndicate soon.

The arrest and the arms recovery was made as part of a police crackdown against arms and drug smuggling and on militants.