Police are trying to arrest the mayor; his wife, nephews arrested already
Multiple cases have been filed against Muktar Ali, mayor of Arani municipality in Bagha upazila of Rajshahi, for possessing unauthorized firearms and contraband drugs in his house.
Police could not arrest the mayor as he is on the run.
Wife of the mayor Jasmine Akhter, 40, and his nephews Sohan, 25, and Shanto, 23, were arrested on Tuesday night after the raid.
The detainees were produced before a Rajshahi court on Wednesday afternoon and were sent to jail.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Iftekhayer Alam, Rajshahi district police spokesperson and additional superintendent of police, said that police filed two of the cases while Monwarul Islam Manju, a village doctor, lodged another case against Muktar, Sohan and Shanto.
In the police cases, Muktar and his wife Jasmine have been charged with possession of firearms in one case, while Muktar and his son Raju Ahmed, 27, have been accused in another case on charges of keeping illegal goods including money and drugs.
A team of Bagha police station conducted the operation to nab the mayor and his associates at his house, from where the law enforcers seized illegal weapons, ammunition, drugs, cash, and a check signed by the mayor.
Police recovered illegal weapons, ammunition, drugs, cash, and a check from the accused mayor’s house I Dhaka tribune
The seized items include a 7.75 automatic foreign pistol, four magazines with a 7.75 pistol, 17 rounds of fresh ammunition of a 7.75 pistol, four rounds of 7.75 pistol, a one-shooter gun, a homemade gun, an air rifle, a shotgun, 26 rounds of ammunition, 10 grams of cannabis, seven pieces of heroin packets, 20 pieces of yaba pills, and a check of Tk18 lakh, and Tk94.96 lakh in cash.
Police say they confiscated the money as the mayor’s family members could not give an explanation.
From a press briefing at the Rajshahi Superintendent of Police's office on Wednesday, SP ABM Masud Hossain alleged that Mayor Muktar and his aides went to an adjacent drug store of an assistant professor named Majnu in a drunken state on Tuesday night, and started a commotion.
Majnu went inside the house out of fear, but the mayor and his associates entered the house and started beating him. When Majnu’s son and wife came to save him, the mayor also beat and injured them.
SP Masud further said Majnu had worked against the mayor in the last municipal elections in favor of the boat symbol.
On the same night, Majnu filed a case against Mayor Muktar, Angur, 32, and three to four other unidentified persons with Bagha police station.