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CID: Biman hijacker used plastic toy gun

  • Published at 05:21 pm March 14th, 2019
The Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft, which was hijacked by a lone gunman midair, is seen on the tarmac at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on Sunday, February 24, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

CID's report has been transferred to the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit 

The police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has said that the gun used to hijack a Bangladesh Biman Airlines aircraft is a toy gun.

According to the report of CID's forensic department—that was handed over to the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) on Wednesday—the firearm carried by the suspect, Palash, was a non-functional plastic toy gun. 

Confirming the matter, Chittagong Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (Counter Terrorism) Md Shahidullah said: "The seized firearm was immediately determined to be a plastic toy gun. 

"Despite that, it was sent to CID's forensic lab for ballistic examination. The report submitted by them has further confirmed that the seized firearm is a plastic toy gun."

"One can only shoot plastic round-shaped projectiles with these kinds of guns. It is not possible to fire any type of cartridges or bullets with this kind of toy gun," he added.

Earlier, on February 24, Chittagong City Police Counter Terrorism Unit seized the toy gun that was used for hijacking Biman's BG-147 flight at Chittagong's Shah Amanat International Airport and it was immediately sent to the CID's forensic department for ballistic examination.

According to case details, passengers and cabin crew members of Biman’s Flight BG-147 saw suspect Palash carrying a firearm and bomb-like material when he tried to hijack the aircraft. The suspect also exploded two firecracker-like items during the attempt.

However, there was no mention of any firearm or bomb-like material being recovered from Palash when law enforcement officials removed his bullet-wounded body from the aircraft.

On February 24, Palash hijacked a Dubai-bound plane, mid-air, after it took off from Dhaka. 

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After the plane landed at Chittagong's airport for a scheduled stopover, all 134 passengers and 14 crew members were evacuated safely from the aircraft.

Palash did not harm any passengers or crew members, but demanded to talk to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his wife; who later turned out to be his former wife actor Samsun Nahar Shimla.

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Later, on the same day, Palash was killed in a confrontation with security forces when the latter conducted a raid to retrieve the aircraft and end the crisis.

On Monday morning, the Rapid Action Battalion confirmed that a fingerprint search of the suspected hijacker in their criminal database matched that of Palash, of Narayanganj’s Sonargaon area.