Man arrested with firearms, liquor
Bangladesh Coast Guard officials yesterday arrested a man with foreign liquor and firearms from a BRTC bus at Barguna's Patharghata.
The arrestee as identified as Sheikh Mominul Islam, 32, of Magurabhanga in Satkhira, confirmed Lt M Hasan Mehdi, staff officer (operation) of Coastguard South Zone.
Five airguns, one mechanised 9mm foreign pistol, five bullets and a bottle of foreign liquor were also seized from him, said coastguard officials.
Following a tip off, the officials searched a BRTC bus bound for Patharghata and arrested Mominul from Munsirhat on Patharghata-Mathbaria road. The illegal items were found hidden inside a bag in a box kept under Mominul's seat.
Mominul confessed that he planned to take these weapons to Dhaka via Patharghata.
Earlier, he had also worked as an arms smuggler, said Lt Mehdi.
When asked where the firearms were brought from, Lt Mehdi said they believe it was procured from neighbouring countries.
Mominul was handed over to Patharghata Police Station in a case filed under the arms and drugs acts.