Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  
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Another stunning ammo haul in Bogra, this time from BNP workers' houses
26,500 bullets, 48kg explosives recovered

Police and BDR men seized 26,500 bullets and 48kg explosives in joint raids on four BNP workers' houses in Kahalu upazila in Bogra yesterday.

Law enforcers said the seizure in Jogarpara and Sardarpara areas of the upazila is linked to Friday night's recovery of bullets and explosives from an abandoned truck and an Awami League (AL) leader's house.

The places of the latest recovery are close to a brick-kiln of one Yasin Ali where the truck was being unloaded Friday night.

With yesterday's raids, 88,600 bullets and 168kg explosives have so far been recovered in Bogra.

Yesterday morning, Dupchachia police and the BDR jointly launched the search in and around the brick-kiln and recovered 2,500 bullets from a ditch in front of the house of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activist Ratan at Sardarpara. Seven thousand bullets were recovered from another ditch at Jogarpara.

Later in the day, 9,000 bullets in 13 olive-green packets and 24kg explosives in four packets were recovered from a septic tank of the house of local BNP worker Abdul Jabbar.

Police picked up Jabbar's wife Rawshan Ara for interrogation and seized 12 empty plastic bags from the house.

Some 1,500 bullets and 18kg explosives were recovered from a pond in front of BNP worker Joynal Abedin's house.

Raiding the house of another BNP worker Rais Mia, police and the BDR men recovered 6,500 bullets in 13 packets and six kilograms of explosives in another packet.

"The smugglers might have unloaded the ammunition and explosives from the truck Friday night and tried to hide them," said Zakir Hossain, additional superintendent of police. The search will continue, as police believe there are more ammunition and explosives stashed in the area.

Security was tightened along the borders of the northern region and law enforcers are on high alert to catch suspects, said a senior police official.

The areas became dens of smugglers and AL leader Sayed Akhlakur Rahman Pintu was hired by them for transportation of the ammunition and explosives, said the official.

Meanwhile, law enforcers nabbed Jalal at the Airport Railway Station in Dhaka on Monday, who figures on a police list of smugglers and happened to be a cousin of Pintu.

Sources said Pintu and Jalal were found unloading the explosives from the truck before police reached the place on Friday night.

After the police raid, Pintu and Jalal took shelter in the house of Jamaat-e-Islami activist Delwar Hossain, brother of Jalal. Next morning, they fled to Dhaka by train.

The local BNP held two meetings yesterday at Shaheed Khokon Park in town and at Battala in Kahalu to protest what they said AL's anti-state activities.

On Friday were seized 62,100 bullets and 120kg explosives in what police said was the biggest haul in Bangladesh.

A police source said some 6,500 of 62,100 bullets went 'missing'. A senior police official said on condition of anonymity that it might have happened due to inaccurate count of the bullets.

Police and BDR personnel recovered 26,500 bullets and 48kg explosives, in raids in Kahalu upazila in Bogra yesterday; and a joint drive by police and BDR men. Photo: STAR