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Illicit Indian Craft Firearms Smuggled to Bangladesh

4 November 2017

Daily Star (Dhaka)

In recent years, the country's northwestern border in Chapainawabganj has emerged as a major route for smuggling in arms. It has of late become militants' most preferred point for collecting illegal firearms and explosives. This is the route through which terror outfit "Neo JMB" smuggled in the guns and bombs used in last year's Gulshan café attack. With such chilling information surfacing, Shariful Islam visits the zero line area of Indo-Bangla border in the district... (

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Illegal Craft Production in Bangladesh's Moheshkhali Region

7 January 2017

Dhaka Tribune

The market price of these weapons are quite low, therefore the demand is high among local criminals in Moheshkhali. Apart from being used by local criminals, they are also transferred to other districts around the country evading law enforcers. On January 4, RAB 7 members traced some weapons to a factory in Cox's Bazar. After raiding the factory, 22 firearms and 22 rounds of bullets were seized along with 33 other equipments used for manufacturing weapons. The... (

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Increasing Firearm Smuggling in Bangladesh

13 November 2016

Dhaka Tribune

There are at least 119 points on the border which are being used to smuggle these firearms in, according to sources in intelligence agencies. Officials say the majority of the arms shipments is entering the country via the border points in Chapainawabganj, Benapole, Satkhira, Comilla and Brahmanbaria districts. The firearms which are being used in all kinds of scenarios – from trivial arguments to militant attacks, sources said. According to Border Guard... (

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Gun Smuggling from India Increases in Bangladesh

13 November 2016

Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh)

Use of illegal firearms has increased alarmingly in the country as a group of organised smugglers are bringing them into the country taking advantage of weak border security, according to sources in law enforcement agencies There are at least 119 points on the border which are being used to smuggle these firearms in, according to sources in intelligence agencies. Officials say the majority of the arms shipments is entering the country via the border points in... (

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Use of Licensed Arms in Crime Grows in Bangladesh

2 December 2015

Dhaka Tribune

In the absence of proper monitoring, use of legally licensed firearms in criminal activities, such as mugging, robbery and even murders, has become a headache for the authorities. There are also reports that some of these legal firearms are being given out on rent by their owners. According to Home Ministry sources, there are nearly 217,000 legal firearms of various types in the country right now, all licensed under the Arms Act 1878. In the last five years, the... (

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Ghost Boat Smuggles Weapons into India from Pakistan

8 April 2014

Daily Mail (UK)

A large consignment of weapons has reportedly been smuggled into India from Bangladesh after being shipped from Pakistan, backing the Home Ministry's apprehensions that sea routes could be used for arms trafficking ahead of the polls. Indian intelligence agencies tracked a boat named Padma that was docked at Kutubdia port in Bangladesh about two weeks ago. The vessel was used to transport the consignment of weapons, which was offloaded at the port before being... (

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Smuggling of China-Made Weapons Highlights Bangladesh as Transit Point

4 February 2014

al Jazeera

A recent court verdict in Bangladesh in a case almost 10 years old has brought into focus the continuing scourge of weapons-smuggling from China into South Asia. A judge in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong last week sentenced 14 men to death for their role in what was an aborted bid to smuggle in 1,500 boxes of weapons that needed ten trucks to carry. Among those sentenced were a prominent Bangladesh opposition leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, several top... (

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14 Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh Arms Smuggling Case

30 January 2014

Washington Post

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The head of the main Bangladeshi Islamist opposition party was among 14 people sentenced to death on Thursday on charges of smuggling weapons to a rebel group in neighboring India. Security officials had seized more than 4,000 firearms and 1 million bullets and other military equipment in April 2004 when they were being unloaded from fishing boats. According to case documents, the weapons and ammunition were destined for a former Indian insurgency... (

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Porous India-Bangladesh Border Gives Easy Access to Guns

21 September 2013

Dhaka Tribune

Smuggling of small firearms into Bangladesh, especially pistol and revolver, through three bordering districts has become rampant as the gunrunners have found the routes safe for their illicit trade. The three districts are Chapainwababganj, Satkhira and Jessore. Sources at the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police told UNB small firearms, especially pistol and revolver, which are very easy to carry, are being smuggled into the country as professional... (

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Arrest May Prove 'China Link' in Supply of Arms to India Insurgents

3 September 2013

Nagaland Post (India)

NEW DELHI - In a significant breakthrough that could provide the first evidence of alleged Chinese involvement in supply of arms to Indian insurgent outfits, Thailand on Saturday picked up a key middleman whose identity had been disclosed by arrested NSCN (I-M) operative Anthony Shimray. Indian Express report stated that Willy Naruenartwanicha, referred to as Willy Narue by Shimray, is a Thai national and was picked up at India's request. According to Shimray, Willy... (

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Bangladesh Civilian Gun Imports Dodging Taxes

26 August 2013

New Nation (Dhaka)

Some individuals are importing light guns, particularly pistol, revolver, shotgun and rifle, in the country in under invoiced price depriving the government a huge amount of revenues taking the advantage of relaxed mood of the National Board of Revenue [NBR], sources said. The non-prohibited bore of arms mainly permitted for the civilians - point 22, point 25, point 357 and point 32 caliber - are being imported from Singapore under the baggage rule. As per the rule,... (

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Gun Smuggling from Myanmar to India, Bangladesh Worries Authorities

13 July 2013

Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI - Smuggling of sophisticated weapons from Myanmar to India has become a matter of serious concern and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating one such case of arms smuggling with an effort to go to the root of the problem. Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that recently personnel of the Assam Rifles and Mizoram Police arrested four Bangladeshi nationals with sophisticated weapons, which proved the smuggling of weapons from... (

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Illegal Firearms Flood Bangladesh Amid Alleged Corruption

29 June 2013

Dhaka Tribune

In the wake of the ongoing city corporation polls around the country and the national elections due in a few months' time, illegal firearms have flooded every corner of the country. Thanks to loose enforcement of law, these firearms, mostly smuggled across the border, are used unabated for political clashes, tender manipulation, extortion and street mugging. Sources in law enforcement agencies have said political leaders, eyeing to flex muscles for political showdowns... (

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Authorities Arrest Seven for Smuggling Guns Between India, Bangladesh

9 June 2013

Dhaka Tribune

Huge firearms are being smuggled from India into Bangladesh through different frontier points of Benapole, with gunrunners' syndicates active on both sides to negotiate any deal instantly. These illegally brought weapons after reaching Benapole through different border points are supplied to different parts of the country, including Dhaka, says a UNB report from Benapole in Jessore. Although members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and law enforcers sometimes... (

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Illegal Homemade Pistols a Headache for India's Police

2 June 2013

Hindu (Chennai)

Illegal weapons manufactured in Munger in Bihar have found their way to various terror groups and criminal gangs in several parts of the country as well as to Bangladesh, officials have said. Easy accessibility and low cost are the unique selling points of Munger's 9mm pistols where the buyers even get a heavy discount on bulk orders. This has led to the availability of the weapons in various parts of the country especially Maharashtra, Delhi and Madhya... (

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Seven Guns Seized in Bangladesh Police Raids

25 May 2013

Financial Express (Bangladesh)

Nine persons were arrested with seven firearms, two magazines, 26 bullets and 200 Yaba tablets from the city's Mirpur, Muhammadpur and Savar areas, reports BSS. Detective Branch (DB) of Police, in separate overnight raids, arrested seven persons with six firearms, two magazines, 26 bullets and 200 Yaba tablets from city's Mirpur and Muhammadpur areas. "Acting on a tip-off, the DB police arrested five illegal arm traders and two drug peddlers, who used to do businesses... (

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Bangladeshi Election Talk Results in Huge Influx of Smuggled Guns

24 May 2013

Daily Prime News (Dhaka)

Dhaka - The underworld of capital Dhaka is turning vibrant following election talk over the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporations – North and South. So to make hay ahead of the crucial capital city polls, arms smuggling gangs and arms dealers are bringing in illegal small arms, most popular small ones, from across the border keeping an eye on the electioneering when small arms are on huge demands among cadres of most political wings and criminals-turned political... (

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Illegal Arms Flowing into Bangladesh at 'Alarming' Rate

15 May 2013

Dhaka Tribune

The illegal arms trade has gone up alarmingly recently in the wake of ongoing pre-election political turmoil and triggered by high demands from local criminals and terrorists, intelligence departments of law enforcement agencies have reported. Intelligence sources said arms are being smuggled into the country through at least 20 different points along the border, mostly from India. According to sources, syndicates smuggle arms across the border taking advantage of... (

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Homemade Guns Involved in Myanmar Conflict, Thousands Displaced

1 November 2012

Nation (Pakistan)

YANGON/DHAKA - Communal bloodshed in western Myanmar risks developing into "armed terrorist acts", the government said Wednesday, after homemade firearms were used in the latest deadly fighting. The government said 180 guns were seized during the new wave of conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state, which has killed dozens and seen whole neighbourhoods razed. It said several people had been arrested on suspicion of making the weapons. "The clashes... (

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Illegal Guns Easy to Get, Linked to Most Violent Crimes in Bangladesh

14 July 2012

Khabar South East Asia

An explosion of illegal small arms has spiked crime in Bangladesh, made its borders an arms trafficking route and above all, stolen lives. Salma Sultana, 35, a resident of Dhaka's Mirpur suburb, knows the horrendous impact of gun violence more than most. Returning from a relative's house with a friend on April 6th to his home, Sultana's husband, 40-year-old Hazrat Ali, came to the aid of three women out for a morning walk who were set upon by three muggers. Ali did... (

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