Five illegal arms traders arrested

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Detective police arrested five illegal arm traders with eight foreign pistols in Darussalam area of the capital early on Thursday.

The arrestees are the members of a transnational illegal firearm trade gang. The gang has sold about 200 firearms in the last seven years.

The arrested are ringleader Akul Hossain, Ilias Hossain, Abdul Azim, Faruk Hossain and Fazlur Rahman.

Eight bullets, 16 magazines and a private car were also seized from their possession, said DMP Additional Commissioner (detective) AKM Hafiz Akhter at a press briefing at the DMP media centre.

He said they brought the firearms from India through Jashore border areas and sold them to criminals in the capital and other parts of the country.

They bought each pistol for about Tk 28,000 and sold it for about Tk 80,000.

The additional commissioner said a number of criminals with some firearms have recently been arrested in the capital.

During investigation into the cases filed against them, it was known about the gang, he said.

Police got information that the gang members were coming to Dhaka from Jashore. Members of Gulshan Zonal Team under the detective division took position at several roads in Darussalam on Wednesday night.  A silver colour private car was found moving fast on Ulope of Gabtali Bridge at about 3:15am.

“The policemen later intercepted the car and arrested them,” he said.

During primarily interrogation, they said that Akul was the ringleader of the racket and they have sold about 200 firearms in the last seven years since 2014. They brought the firearms from India and sold in Jashore, Khulna, Bagerhat and Dhaka, the officer continued.

The police officer went on saying that the members of the cycle were also involved in smuggling drugs, border pillars, snake poison, gold and archeological statuses.

Deputy Commissioner of Detective Gulshan Division Mashiur Rahman and DC of Media and Public Relations Division Faruk Hossain were, among others, present during the briefing.