Pro-AL leader held with arms, ammo, fake money
A team of Rab-6 arrested an upazila-level Swechchhasebak League leader with arms, ammunition and counterfeit money on Thursday.
The arrestee is Russell Hossain Arju, general secretary of Kushtia's Kumarkhali upazila unit Swechchhasebak League.
Maj Sharif, company commander of Rab-6 camp in Jhenaidah, said they conducted a raid near Kaya College in Kushtia on information.
During the raid, they arrested Russell and seized a foreign pistol, three rounds of bullets, and fake currency worth Tk 50,000 from him.
Meanwhile, as Rab members were noting the names and other details of witnesses, Russell's accompanies attacked them, vandalised their vehicle and hurdled multiple cocktail bombs, he said.
Rab men fired four blank shots to bring the situation under control, he added.
The arrestee's relatives, however, said that Russell fell victim to a political conspiracy.
Russell was going to contest in the upcoming upazila parishad election. A quarter that did not like his activities in the area were behind the arrest, they said.
The arrestee will be handed over to Kumarkhali Police Station as he was sued under charges of possessing firearms, counterfeit money and conducting the attack, said Major Sharif.