The arrested Kamrul however claimed to have manufactured weapons for the police and said that he had previously supplied several police officials of the Kotwali and Sharsha police stations with fire-arms
A mobile court on Wednesday had arrested three individuals, accused of manufacturing fire-arms at their house in Jessore.
The arrestees have been identified as: the manufacturer Kamrul Islam, 52 his wife Rabeya Sultana Rani, 28 and his associate Abul Bashar, 32.
Confirming the matter, Jessore Department of Narcotics Sub-Inspector Liakat Hossain said that they had information about drugs being trafficked in Chachra union’s Bhaturia area in the sadar upazila.
Accordingly, on Wednesday afternoon in a drive at the upazila, the mobile court had instead discovered a house manufacturing illegal fire-arms and recovered a local made pistol, one round bullet, two magazines and one bullet case, he added.
In his statement to reporters, Kamrul however claimed to have manufactured weapons for the police and said that he had previously supplied several police officials of the Kotwali and Sharsha police stations with fire-arms.
“Fire-arms which I make are not used to hurt anyone. The police use these as evidences in cases filed under the Arms Act,” he added.
Jessore Police Additional Superintendent of Police Ansar Uddin, in response said: “To our knowledge, there are no police officials involved in any illegal fire-arms trade. However, if substantial evidence is found supporting Kamrul’s statement, then legal action will be taken against the individuals.”
The mobile court Executive Magistrate Md Jamshedul Alam said that Kamrul Islam was found handling a local pistol inside a secret chamber at their house in Uttar Bhaturia, where various other tools used to manufacture fire-arms were recovered.
The magistrate also stated that instead of sentencing Kamrul, his statement in will be recorded at the Judicial Magistrate Court and later will be used to file a lawsuit under the Arms acts with the Jessore Kotwali Police Station.