Detectives have arrested 11 members of a fraudsters’ gang along with two pounds of what the gang claimed to be uranium in Dhaka.
However, Detective Branch of police, at a press briefing this afternoon, said they were yet to be confirmed whether it was uranium.
Uranium is a naturally occurring radioactive metal that is used to produce nuclear energy and weapons.
Acting on a tip-off, the law enforcers had conducted simultaneous drives at Hatirjheel, Dhanmondi, Uttara and Banani last night and arrested the fraudsters along with a big box containing two pounds of the uranium like substances, Krishna Pada Roy, deputy commissioner of the DB, told reporters at the briefing.
"We will send the object to the experts to be confirmed whether it is uranium,” he said.
The detainees are: Aslam Mia, 61, Moinal Hossain Sagor, 45, Humayun Kabir, 48, Kaiyum Chowdhury, 54, Kayes Ahmed, 54, Md Khalek, 44, Swapan Mollah, 45, Md Firoj, 45, Mahmudur Rahman Nasim, 42, Mainuluddin Sarwar Rajon, 35, and Tofayel Ahmed Patwari, 48.
During a primary interrogation, the arrestees claimed that there was uranium worth Tk 50 crore in the box, Krishna Pada said.
The gang said they used to sell “uranium” to those who can show them minimum Tk 50 lakh cash, Roy said.