Illegal arms manufacturing factory busted, two held in Noakhali

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The workshop was being used as a factory to produce guns that were sold to various criminal groups

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in separate drives arrested two suspected criminals with illegal firearms and busted an illegal arms manufacturing factory in Hatia upazila.

RAB identified the men as Bablu, 32, Anwar Hossain, 56, residents of the upazila’s Bayarchar. They were arrested between Saturday night and yesterday morning with five firearms from the area.

Bablu and Anwar were arrested with three locally made single-barrel guns, two LGs and bullets, said Additional Superintendent of Police Md Jasim Uddin Chowdhury, company commander of RAB 11.

Based on their information, RAB conducted another drive at Raihan Workshop in Ramgati Bazar in the upazila of Lakshmipur. Bullets and materials to manufacture guns were seized from the spot.

“The workshop was being used as a factory to produce guns that were sold to various criminal groups active in the char regions of Lakshmipur and Noakhali and coastal areas,” said RAB official.