Monday, 25 May 2020

Bandarban, Bangladesh: Two Arakan People Army (APA) members, the army wing of   Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA) were arrested with two sophisticated firearms on March 13 by Bangladesh army from Roangchari upazila under Bandarban district, said a source from Nychonchari of Bandarban District.  The two arrested APA members were Kyaw Maung Marma (29) and Kyaw Sein Marma (23) of Aungjaipara village of Roanchari upazila under the Bandarban district.
 
The army patrols found an American M-16 with grenade launcher, an SLR and 18 grenade launchers and some bullets in a dense area of forest.

Being informed, Major Khaled of the 34 East Bengal Regiment led the expedition into Aungjaiparha of Roangchari on 12th March nights.

The army also recovered a sizable ammunition store, including 299 SMG bullets, 91 rounds of SLR ammunition, two M-16 magazines, four ammunition pouches and a holster, as well as a pair of Bangladeshi and Indian army uniforms.

There are armed groups hiding in the forests of Ruma and Roangchari. They   occasionally come to the village and take shelter in the village and also collect tolls from the villagers, said a local villager who declined to be named.
 
The arrestees said that the DPA members from Burma had given them the arms and ammo for safekeeping, according to official.

According to Major Khaled, Thursday night's raid had been carried out on information got from two other criminals arrested earlier.

An earlier operation on February 19, led by Captain Mirza, had recovered two Chinese firearms and huge quantities of ammunition from DPA members.

Major Mosleh of the 69 Infantry Brigade said various units, alongside overall peacekeeping in the area, had retrieved automatic weapons, local firearms, grenades, ammunition and other military equipment.

Similar operations and raids will be regularly conducted in Bandarban and border areas to maintain law and order, the Major added.