2,200kg gunpowder recovered: One held
Police recovered 2,200kg of "gunpowder" and arrested a man in this connection early yesterday at Jatrabari in the capital.
The arrestee was identified as Abdus Sobhan of Dania of Jatrabari, says a press release of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
However, Officer-in-charge of Jatrabari Police Station Monir-uz-Zaman told The Daily Star that they suspect the powder to be gunpowder but they are not absolutely sure.
During preliminary interrogation, Abdus Sobhan informed police that the powder was phosphate, which is a raw material for making mosquito repellent coils.
OC Monir-uz-Zaman also told The Daily Star that experts would be examining the powder to determine whether it is an explosive substance.
Abdus Sobhan told police that the powder was brought in from north Bengal region of the country for selling to mosquito-repellent-coil factories in the capital.
Police yesterday produced him before a Dhaka court, which sent him to jail.
OC Monir-uz-Zaman said they did not pray before the court for his remand but they would make the prayer if the experts say that the powder is an explosive substance.