‘Forest robber’ held with 23 firearms, 1,523 bullets in Sundarbans

‘Forest robber’ held with 23 firearms, 1,523 bullets in Sundarbans

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Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a member of a forest robber gang in possession of 23 firearms and 1,523 rounds of bullet from Badurjhola Khal of the Sundarbans West Zone in Koyra upazila on Monday night.The arrestee was identified as Shahin, member of forest robber gang ‘Elias Bahini’.Khandaker Rafiqul Islam, commanding officer of Rab-6, Khulna, in a press briefing on Tuesday morning said tipped off that members of ‘Elias Bahini’ were staying in the area, a team of the elite force carried out a drive there.Sensing the presence of the Rab personnel, members of the gang opened fire on them, forcing the elite force to retaliate that triggered a gunfight at about 7:00pm, he said.Several gunshots were traded between the gang members and the Rab members during the 10 minute gun battle, he said.Later, Rab members arrested Shahin while his other associates managed to flee the scene.The elite force also recovered 23 firearms and 1,523 rounds of bullet from the spot.The firearms and ammunition include seven double barrel guns, nine single barrel guns, five 22 rifles, one shooter gun and one foreign 303 rifle.Khulna, Oct 27 (UNB)

 

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