DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said a “certain group” was planning to carry out subversive activities in Bangladesh in a large-scale with the arms and ammunition that were recovered from a canal in Uttara.
“We do not think that any small criminal group had connections with the arms haul. These reserves are involved with local and international quarters,” he told a media briefing held in Dhaka on Monday.
A total of 107 firearms, 1,057 rounds of ammunition, 487 pistol and SMG magazines, 10 bayonets and 188 pistol cleaning rods were recovered in the drives conducted between Saturday and Sunday, the commissioner added.
Without naming anyone, he said: “Those involved in the chaos in 2013 and the violence in 2014 and 2015 are behind it [the illegal firearms and ammunition haul].”
“This group has joined hands with some international communities and are trying to disrupt the peace of the county.”
Commissioner also said the police have field a general dairy (GD) with Turag police station in this regard and now the DMP's Detective Branch will start investigating the incident to trace the people who dumped the weapons.
“Police will also search for the black Pajero SUV that was seen dumping the bags full of weapons,” he added.
Meanwhile, police are collecting CCTV footage from buildings and business organisations surrounding the spot.
Regarding Saturday's recovery of the weapons, a Turag police station source told the Dhaka Tribune that one of their constables was taking a stroll with his family on the canal’s bank when he saw men coming out of a black SUV and throw bags into the canal. He thought a dead body was being dumped and called his station.