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Moheshkhali a Hub for Manufacturing Illegal Firearms

Dhaka Tribune

7 January 2017

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…There has been word of illegal firearms and weapons being manufactured in various factories hidden in the dense jungles of Moheshkhali hill tracts for a long time.The rising demand for locally-made weapons strongly encouraged the weapons syndicate to put more effort in their production…

…According to locals, there are several weapons manufacturing factories located in different areas of Moheshkhali. Anticipating late night raids, the weapons are mostly manufactured and smuggled during daytime.

Each weapon costs around Tk2,000 to Tk3,000 to manufacture, which is later sold at Tk4,000 to Tk5,000. Some weapons are also sold at Tk7,000 to Tk8,000 in different parts of the country.

The weapons manufactures have a very strong network. Their nationwide weapons delivery network involves using fishing trawlers or trucks filled with salt.

Acting Officer-in-Charge Babul Bonik told the Dhaka Tribune about seizing 38 weapons before transferring to Moheshkhali police station.

He said: "In the last 10 months several cases were filed against these manufacturers and they were detained too.
"We are are continuing the operation against the weapons dealers and manufacturers," he added.

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