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Home minister: Candidates can carry legally owned firearms

  • Published at 08:53 pm December 12th, 2018
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File photo of a security official carrying a shotgun Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

'The gazette notification from the Election Commission on the use of legally owned weapons and recovery of illegal firearms will be issued within a day or two'

Although the carrying of legally owned firearms has been barred until after the 11th general election, candidates contesting the polls may carry them for the sake of security, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

“Those who have legally owned firearms will not be allowed to carry or display them until after the election on December 30. This directive is effective from today [Wednesday]. If anyone wants, they may submit their firearms to the nearest police station,” he added.

The home minister made the comments after an emergency meeting with law enforcement agencies at the Secretariat on Wednesday.

He further said that candidates are not allowed to openly display their firearms, even though they are allowed to carry them.

“The gazette notification from the Election Commission on the use of legally owned weapons and recovery of illegal firearms will be issued within a day or two,” Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the Dhaka Tribune.

When asked about two people who were killed in clashes during election campaigns on Tuesday, Asaduzzaman said: “Those who believe in terrorism are perpetrating these acts. Our party people cannot do this.”

He added that those who were trying to create unrest ahead of the election would face trial, and law enforcement agencies were working as per the directives of the Election Commission.