Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  
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Rab recovers arms, bombs from Khulna outlaw

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Thursday recovered five firearms, four powerful bombs, over 50 rounds of ammunition, and pamphlets from a top cadre of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP).

Sakhawat Hossain, an operative of Janajuddho faction of PBCP, was arrested during a Rab raid on a house in Kalikapur village of Jhenidah Sadar on Thursday evening. The arms recovered from the house include two foreign-made pistols, one revolver, one shutter gun, and one sawn-off rifle.

The arrestee hails from Jibon Nagar upazila of Chuadanga district. He stands accused in Chuadanga UP chairman Noor Ali murder case. According to police, he had long been staying in the house of Abu Baker in Kalikapur as a banana trader.

Two other cadres who were staying with him had managed to escape during the raid. They are Saifuzzaman Shoaib alias Ripon Ahmad and his younger brother Sharifuzzaman Shumon alias Babu.

Besides the arms and ammunition, the Rab men recovered some 600 pamphlets of the outlawed party.

Abdur Rashid Malitha alias Dada Tapan, founder of the Janajuddho faction, used to frequent the house, where a number of killings were planned, said wife of the arrested PBCP cadre.

Meanwhile, security measures have been beefed up in Khulna City and elsewhere in the district against the backdrop of a sudden rise in acts of terrorism.

Rab and police have prepared a fresh list of outlaws and militants operating in the south-western region. The list also includes criminals like smugglers, drug traffickers, and abductors.

Sources said Khulna unit of Rab plans a new drive in the south-western districts.