Law enforcers including the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the police on Sunday claimed to have foiled a sabotage plot by recovering a large cache of explosives, improvised bombs, gunpowder and petrol bombs from Dhaka, Chittagong and Natore.
The Legal and Media Wing Director of RAB, Mufti Mahmud Khan, confirmed the arrest on Sunday afternoon. He said that the RAB-2 arrested three persons in sepa rate drives conducted at Kakrail and Sutrapur in the capital city between Saturday night and early Sunday.
"They were planning sabotage in the capital," Mufti claimed.
RAB sources said that in an overnight drive they recovered 38 Molotov cocktails, 58 crude bombs, one pipe bomb, a bomb weighing .5 kilogrammes and others bomb making materials from Kakrail area.
RAB arrested Rafiqul Islam, an activist of the Jatiyatabadi Chatra Dal, student wing of BNP, and seized from him a bi-cycle equipped with huge explosives, in front of Karnaphuli Garden City area. The pipe of the bi-cycle was full of gunpowder. RAB claims this bi-cycle had a trigger mechanism controlled from outside. Rafiqul Islam is involved with JCD unit at Titumir College in Dhaka city, RAB said.
Our Chittagong correspondent added the police detained three Shibir activists with 130 handmade bombs and a large cache of arms at Sitakunda Upazila in Chittagong.
Police in an overnight drive recovered 70 Molotov cocktails, 50 crude bombs, four light guns, 12 sharp weapons and 24 rounds of bullet from Nunachhara in Sitakunda Upazila.
The law enforcers also arrested three people for their suspected involvement in this regard.
Tipped off, seven platoons of the district police conducted a drive in the area, said Additional Superintendent of Police (North) Mustafizur Rahman.
They also arrested three people suspecting their involvement in it.