This was the eighth such raid and recovery since 2014
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) again recovered arms and ammunition from the Satchari National Park in Habiganj during a raid on Friday.
BGB 55th battalion Commander Lt Col SNM Samiunnabi Chowdhury told reporters: “Based on information from sources, we had put the park under strict surveillance from the beginning of this month.
“We entered the park on Friday evening and recovered 13 guns and 19 bullets, which were wrapped in polythene and buried underground.”
The weapons recovered will soon be handed over to the authorities concerned, he said, adding that no arrests were made during the raid.
This was the eighth time that an arms recovery raid was conducted since 2014 at the park, a popular tourist site.
Law enforcement agencies since 2014 have recovered several military-grade weapons, including rocket launchers and artillery shells, and other arms and ammunition from the national park during multiple raids.
From June 1 to September 17, 2014, the Rapid Action Battalion recovered 334 artillery shells, 298 rocket chargers, a rocket launcher, 16 machine guns, a beta gun, six SLRs, an auto rifle, and five empty machine gun barrels during a three-phase operation.
A huge cache of ammunition was also recovered from the forest at the time.
On October 17, 2014, three machine guns, four barrels, eight magazines, eight belts with a carrying capacity of 250 bullets, and a high-power radio were recovered from the deep forest of the park during another drive.
The next day a total of 9,454 rounds of bullets, including 8,360 rounds for SMG and LMG, 152 rounds for 303 rifles, 518 rounds for small arms, and 425 rounds for machine guns were also recovered.
On February 2, 2016, 10 high explosive 40mm anti-tank rockets were recovered during another operation at the park.
On November 24, 2019, another raid had recovered several explosives, including shells of 13 rocket launchers.
In March this year, 18 anti-tank rocket shells were also recovered by the BGB from the park.