Police again start search operation at Uttara canal to recover firearms

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Dhaka, June 19: Police and fire service on Sunday again started search operation to recover arms from a canal near Buddhist temple at the capital’s Uttara sector no. 16.

Earlier on Saturday, police recovered firearms included 97 pistols, 462 magazines, 10 bayonets and over 1,000 rounds of bullet. The recovered 97 pistols included 95 pistols having 7.62 bore made in China.

Miscreants might have hidden the firearms for conducting subversive activites, police said.

With the help of the divers of Fire Services, police recovered the arms and ammunition from the canal behind a Buddhist monastery at Panchabati area under Turag Police Station on Saturday afternoon.

Law enforcers belonging to different agencies including police, RAB and Armed Police Battalion have cordoned off the entire area.

At about 7:30pm, Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan said the Fire Service divers started their operation from 4:55pm in presence of police in the canal.

The recovery operation was going on during filing this report late Saturday night. The divers were seen searching the canal with the help of search lights.

Uttara Fire Services’ station manager Arifuzzaman Sheikh said police sought some divers from them at about 4:45pm for conducting searches in the canal.

According to the demand of police, three divers were brought from the Fire Services headquarters. Besides, two divers were added from Tongi Fire Service Station. Later, they started searching in the canal, locally known as ‘Diabari Canal.’ From earlier, police and intelligence agency personnel cordoned off the area.

Major Shakil Ahmed, director (Operations) of Fire Services, said the Diabari Canal is a tributary of the Turag river. The canal is located at the end of Sector No. 16 in Uttara. The main road of Mirpur-Ashulia Embankment is situated here.

He said the canal was seven to eight feet in depth. Searching the canal, divers recovered a carton which was wrapped with scotch tape. Opening the carton, police found 95 Chinese made 7.62 bore pistols and two locally made pistols.

Besides, 104 silver-made boxes were found in another carton. Opening the boxes, police found 189 magazines of 7.62 bore pistols and 263 SMG’s magazines.

Apart from these, police recovered a total of 1,060 rounds of bullet comprising 840 rounds bullet of 9mm pistol and 220 rounds bullet of Chinese pistol from the carton. The bullets were kept hidden in tiffin boxes.

Since the LMG’s bullets were found during the searching, police suspect that there may be more firearms in the canal.

The entire area has been cordoned off by law enforcers including police. Neither the ordinary people nor the media personnel was allowed to approach the spot.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner (Uttara) Bidhan Tripura said huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the canal.

A senior official of the Detective Branch, who was present at the spot said they conducted the arms recovery operations on the basis of the information given by Faizullah Fahim killed in gunfight with police in Madaripur on Saturday morning.