On the instructions of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's National Security Force has been continuing its search of houses for illegal arms and ammunition and looted property.
GV Rakhi Bahini Forces along street
SV Forces into house for search
MV INTERIOR Forces searching bedclothes and cupboard
SV EXTERIOR Forces approach house to check owner's car registration
SV Children watch from window
SV Forces officer and owner examining documents
MV Policeman pointing at vehicle in street without registration plate
SV & CU recovered motorcycles and scooters without registration plates (2 shots)
GV Forces approach pond
SV PAN AND CU Boy searching pond hands over recovered rifle to forces officer (2 shots)
SV & CU INTERIOR recovered arms and ammunition and television and radio receivers on display (3 shots)
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Background: On the instructions of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's National Security Force has been continuing its search of houses for illegal arms and ammunition and looted property. This follows the end of a period of amnesty, declared by the Prime Minister, which had drawn little response. Originally Sheikh Mujibur concerned at the deteriorating law and order situation in Bangladesh along with an increase in corruption, had set the 21st June as the deadline for the surrender of the supplies. Most of the arms and ammunition had been issued from India to the Mukhti Bahini liberation forces between March and December last year.
Since the expiry of the amnesty on arms, ammunition and looted property, sudden curfews have been imposed in different areas each day while police and security officers have conducted house-to-hour searches. Since the searches began the results have often been spectacular in terms of the size of haul....much of it abandoned.
SYNOPSIS: In Dacca members of the Jatiyo Rakhi Bahini...the National Security Force....have been continuing their search for arms, ammunition, and looted property.
Sudden curfews are imposed in different areas of the city and surrounding districts each day, and the inhabitants are not allowed to enter or leave while a thorough house-to-house search is conducted.
The searches, which are being carried out on the instruction of Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, followed the expiry of a period of amnesty during which the property could have been returned to the authorities without risk of penalty or imposition. The amnesty had brought a very poor response.
The security officers have had the help of small boys from time to time. Most of the arms and ammunition had originally been issued from India to the Mukhti Bahini liberation army between March and December of last year. Since the searches began the size of haul has often been spectacular, but while much of it had been abandoned, and few charges made, the government is hoping for a reduction in crime and corruption.