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ULFA’s 18 rocket cells rescued by BGB from deep forests of Bangladesh near the Indian border

ULFA18 rocket cells rescued by BGB from deep forests of Bangladesh near the Indian border

Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 3 March: Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered 18 rocket shells in another operation at Satchhari National Park in Habiganj district of Bangladesh within a kilometer of the Indian border.

The Bangladesh Army suspects that the recovered weapons were from the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), a separatist group in India. Earlier, the Bangladesh Army recovered a large number of weapons in a series of operations.

BGB 55 Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Samiunnabi Chowdhury confirmed the matter at a press briefing on Wednesday.

“The rocket launchers were recovered from the deep forest based on secret information,” he informed.

BGB members including Sector Commander Tuhin Masud were present at the press briefing. The BGB raided the deep forest of Satchari National Park from Tuesday afternoon.

He said, ‘Rocket launchers are very old. However, the intelligence was that some people have been coming and going in the deep forest for several days. They have not been identified yet.

Since 2014, law enforcement agencies have recovered several military-grade weapons, including rocket launchers and artillery shells, and other arms and ammunition from the national park, also a popular tourist site, after conducting several 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 that time.

On October 17, 2014, three machine guns, four barrels, eight magazines, eight belts with carrying capacity of 250 bullets and a high-power radio was recovered from the deep forest of the park.

A total of 9,454 rounds of bullets, including 8,360 rounds for SMG and LMG, 152 rounds for 303 rifle, 518 rounds for small arms and 425 rounds for machine guns were recovered on October 18 at noon.

On February 2, 2016, 10 high explosive 40mm anti-tank rockets were recovered during an operation at the national park.

On November 24, 2019, several explosives, including shells of 13 rocket launchers, were recovered from Satchari.

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