Police have busted a hideout of Islami Chhatra Shibir in the remote hilly part of Chittagong’s Sitakunda
A huge cache of locally made bombs, Molotov cocktails and firearms has been recovered from there. This comes at a time when the violent agitation of the BNP and its allies has been raging for more than two months now. More than 100 people have died, mostly in fire-bombings, across Bangladesh.
Shibir is the student front of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key BNP ally and a party accused of 1971 war crimes. Naimul Hasan, Chittagong’s Additional Superintendent of Police, said they had found 70 petrol bombs, 50 crude bombs, 10 sharp local weapons, two firearms and 20 rounds of ammunition from the Sitakunda hideout.
Police raided the spot based on information given by three Shibir activists arrested Saturday from Sitakunda. “We searched the remote area for about four hours starting around 3:30am on Sunday,” he said. Last month, RAB had busted a ‘militant training centre’ at a remote part of Chittagong’s Banshkhali.
A huge amount of bombs and weapons was seized from there.