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Bangladesh

15,264 Persons Given Firearms Licence Since 1996

29 June 2005

Independent (Dhaka)

A total of 15,264 persons have been given firearms licence by the government since 1996. This was disclosed by the State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar in the House yesterday. Replying to a question from BNP lawmaker Helaluzzaman Talukdar Lalu (Bogra-7), the minister said the highest number of arms licence were given in 1997. In all 3,195 persons got licence that year. In 1998 2,962 persons were given licenses. While the lowest number of licenses were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Illegal Arms Bazaar in Rohingya Camps: NGOs

4 June 2005

New Age (Dhaka)

A group of non-government organisations campaigning against the use of illegal firearms in Bangladesh said on Friday the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar had become a source of illegal arms for local criminals. Four armed Rohingya groups, led by Rohingya National Organisation or RNO, were active in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong, the NGOs observed adding the foreign organisations largely dependent on foreign fund, smuggled sophisticated firearms to the country and sold many... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

400,000 Illegal Small Arms in Country

3 June 2005

Independent (Dhaka)

DHAKA — There are only 25 thousand legal firearms in the country while the number of illegal arms is almost four lakh. [1 lakh = 100,000 — GPN editor] The number of illegal firearms users in the country is about 6 lakh. Most of the illegal firearms are used by the cadres of different political parties in the country. Besides, 124 vicious circles of criminals use illegal arms while the age of almost 40 percent illegal arms users is below 18. It was disclosed at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Elite Qualified, Disqualified for Gun Licence

20 October 2004

Independent (Dhaka)

The government has cancelled the firearm licences of about 530 eminent persons including two former Presidents, and former ministers, MPs, retired Army and Airforce chiefs on the ground that they failed to renew their licences within the stipulated time, according to an official source yesterday. The source said that the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office of Dhaka recently issued the cancellation order and asked those whose licences have been cancelled to deposit their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Teknaf Remains Major Arms Smuggling Point

3 October 2004

Independent (Dhaka)

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has launched a special operation in Cox's Bazar to net arms smugglers. The RAB arrested an alleged arms smuggler from Ghonapara area at Cox's Bazar town early this morning. The RAB also recovered fire arms and equipment for arms-manufacturing from his possession. The arrested person was identified as Mohammed Babul, son of one Dil Mohammed of Ghonapara village in Cox's Bazar. Sources said, on a tip-off, a team of RAB raided the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Guns Smuggled Freely in Sherpur District

19 September 2004

Daily Star (Dhaka)

NETRAKONA — Firearms are being smuggled into the country almost freely through bordering areas in Jhinaigati upazila in Sherpur district. Five bordering villages in the area are now safe havens for criminals engaged in arms smuggling. The villages are Bakakura, Chuta Gajni, Tilapara, Dudhnai and Namapara. Any one protesting their crimes is abducted. The area is only about 30 kilometres from the district headquarter and close to the Gojni picnic spot. But the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Gun Law Needs Improving

14 September 2004

Daily Star (Dhaka), Opinion

A recent newspaper report said that the country's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the police have been competing against each other as to who can recover more illegal weapons from the hands of terrorists. This, indeed, is good news. The report, however, didn't mention what would happen to the recovered illegal weapons. In fact, no information has ever been made public regarding the weapons that usually are seized by the law enforcers. Here arises the question of law... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Gunrunners Active in Chittagong

11 September 2004

New Nation (Dhaka)

Bangladesh's sea ports, coastal regions and frontier areas close to Myanmar and India are serving as safe sanctuaries for powerful international and regional cartels involved in supply of illegal arms, explosives and ammunition through various channels, informed sources said. Well-established drug-running networks are also used to traffic arms. It is said that an estimated 600 to 700 units of fire arms enter Bangladesh through the border from India and Myanmar every... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Nation (Dhaka)

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Bangladesh

Dhaka Terror Attack Highlights Gun Problem

2 September 2004

Daily Star (Dhaka), Opinion

The sorrowful consequences of unbridled diffusion of small arms and light weapons (SA&LW) in Bangladesh were made abundantly clear on August 21 [when there was an explosive attack in Dhaka, at a political rally]. This was not the first time that explosives were used to cause mayhem in Bangladesh, but to our knowledge, it was perhaps the first time that something that is classified under small arms (i.e. hand grenades) was used to wreak havoc on a mass scale. The issue... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Small Arms and the Growing Cancer of Violence

31 August 2004

Financial Express (Dhaka), Opinion

Violence is now the order of the day. And it is not only in Bangladesh that violence has torn the whole society asunder. The entire world has turned violent. Though the seat of violence is the human mind, the wrath of individuals or groups finds its expression through such objects as can deliver the intended intensity of the fury in the form of destructive physical force. With the development of man's knowledge, his ability to deliver his wrath with deadlier force and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh,Myanmar

Arakan Leaders Arrested Over Smuggling 10,000 Guns

13 July 2004

Democratic Voice of Burma [Myanmar]

Bangladesh military intelligence agents have arrested two Arakan leaders allegedly for arms trafficking. The two arrested were Dr Khin Maung, chairman of National Unity Party of Arakan (NUPA), and Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin, director of Arakan National Council (ANC). They were arrested at Chittagong Airport on their return from Thailand on 2 July. Khaing Myat Kyaw, news editor of the Narinjara News told DVB that the arrests are connected 10,000 firearms captured at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Illegal Arms and the Role of US

27 May 2004

Financial Express (Dhaka), Opinion

Washington's concern in a recent arms cache in Bangladesh provides a lot of food for thought for the local strategists. US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca recently expressed her willingness to extend a helping hand to assist Dhaka in the current investigation into the Chittagong arms haul to identify the origin and destination of Bangladesh's largest weapons catch. This, no doubt, is one of the finest gestures from a country that gives... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Illegal Arms Trade Flourishing

21 May 2004

Asia News International

DHAKA — Drugs and weapons. They come in and go out very easily in Bangladesh. Law enforcement authorities are easily bought-off. The shorelines of Chittagong are wide open to the smuggling syndicates of Anwara, Patia, and neighboring thanas. Collectively a nexus between mafia, politicians and lawmen control this. But, on April 2nd one lot was caught and the huge cache recovered stunned everybody. The cache included 10,000 weapons, 5000 grenades and 300,000 rounds of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh,United States

US Wants Thorough Investigation of Huge Arms Haul

18 May 2004

Indo-Asian News Service

DHAKA — The US Tuesday expressed concern at the seizure of a huge cache of sophisticated weapons in Bangladesh last month and asked Dhaka to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation into the matter. US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca conveyed her government's concern during talks here with Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury. "The US has expressed its concern over the matter but it has appreciated the Bangladesh government's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Illegal Arms Smuggling Syndicates Trade With 50,000 Weapons

8 September 2003

Matamat (Bangladesh)

The port city of Chittagong and its adjoining areas, particularly the hill districts Bandarban, Khagrachhari and tourist city Cox's Bazar are being used by the underworld notorious criminals as the major transit point of illegal arms trade and smuggling. At least 37 illegal arms smuggling syndicates are operating in Chittagong. Some 50,000 illegal firearms, including several hundred sophisticated weapons like AK-47, AK-56, M-16, SMG, SMC with a huge stock of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

50,000 Arms in Hands of Ctg Underworld?

17 January 2003

Independent (Dhaka)

Some 50 thousand illegal firearms including several hundred sophisticated weapons like AK-47, AK-56, M-16, SMG, SMC with a huge stock of ammunitions are reported to be in possession of the underworld criminals in Chittagong. No official confirmation was, however, available. The CMP (Chittagong Metropolitan Police) does not have a specific list of exact figures of the licensed firearms and the authority is not informed about the numbers and whereabouts of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

102 Bodies to Sniff Out Arms Licence Flaws

2 December 2002

Daily Star (Dhaka)

The government has formed 102 committees to investigate if licences of arms and ammunition were issued in compliance with the law. An official estimate says that there are 1,89,265 licences of arms issued to individuals, shooting clubs and financial institutions. The committees were formed, as a large number of licensed arms were not deposited till the November 21 deadline. Briefing reporters on the anticrime operation, Principal Information Officer (PIO) Khandker... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Small Arms Proliferation and Reign of Terror

25 September 2002

Independent (Dhaka)

Since the end of the so-called cold war, from East Timor in the east, to Balkan in the west, from Mindanao, Philippines to Michigan, USA, throughout Africa and parts of the Asian continent, the world was and is witnessing the outbreak of ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts. These conflicts are characterized by massacre of unarmed civilians. Rather most of these casualties happened because of the use of small arms such as pistol, rifle, machine gun and grenade. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh Police Swoop on University 'Gun-Runners'

16 February 2002

Reuters

DHAKA — Bangladeshi police arrested nearly 300 suspected gun-runners and other criminals during an overnight raid in the capital, with the sprawling Dhaka University the focus of attention. Those detained included 85 students, most members of the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party, police said on Saturday. During the raids by police and paramilitary troops, local mobile phone networks were shut down so suspects could not communicate with each other... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh Imposes New Gun Controls Ahead of Poll

29 August 2001

Reuters

DHAKA — Bangladesh's caretaker government tightened up controls on firearms on Wednesday in a bid to ensure an October 1 parliamentary election is free and peaceful. The government canceled all gun licenses issued since January and ordered the owners to surrender their weapons to authorities immediately. The move followed allegations made by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that most of the licenses had been issued to activists from its main rival, the Awami... (GunPolicy.org)

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