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ACC approves charge sheet against 391

Issuance of fake firearms licences

FE Report | May 16, 2019 00:00:00

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) approved on Wednesday charge sheet of a case against 391 people for their connection in forging documents and signature to issue fake licences for firearms.

An office assistant of Rangpur DC office Shamsul Islam allegedly forged the documents and duplicated signature of the Rangpur DC to issue fake licences of nearly 400 firearms of which many were procured illegally.

He issued fake licences of firearms to people across the country using false name and addresses in exchange of money during his service period at the DC office from May 17, 2011 to May 16, 2017.

Amulla Chandra Roy, administrative officer of Deputy Commissioner's (DC) office in Rangpur, filed the case against Shamsul in this regard with Rangpur Kotwali police station on May 18, 2017.

However, the commission mentioned name of other 390 people in the charge sheet as their connection was found in the series of forgery during the investigation, said ACC deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

On July 5, 2017, a team of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-13) arrested Shamsul Islam from the capital's New Market area.

Later, he was handed over to the custody of the national anti-graft authority.

During the investigation, the commission recovered savings certificate, FDR and cash worth of Tk 2.0 million in cabinet and drawer in Shamsul's office.

Md Atiqur Rahman, assistant director at the ACC's Rangpur Integrated District Office, has been investigating the case.

The investigation officer has seized 357 fake licences, 354 firearms and 4,038 cartridges as part of the investigation.

Meanwhile, ACC sources said most of the fake licence recipients are retired members of different law enforcement agencies.


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