Police searched two houses in Chittagong from around 4:30pm-6pm today, suspecting them to be militant hideouts. However, after conducting the search, some policemen conveyed to the Dhaka Tribune that both the houses were clean and nothing was found.
Faruk Ul Haque, deputy commissioner (West) of Chittagong police, told the Dhaka Tribune the searches were part of a countrywide intensified drive against militants in the aftermath of the recent Sitakunda raids and the explosion targeted at Rapid Action Battalion in Ashkona, Dhaka. "We however did not find anything from the two houses," he said.
One of the searched houses is located in the Akbar Shah area, and the other about half a kilometer away on Easan Mohajon Ghat road in Uttar Kattali.
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Police prepare to enter a building in the Akbar Shah area of Chittagong on suspicions of being a militant hideout on March 20, 2017 Rabin Chowdhury/Dhaka Tribune
Armed policemen had arrived in the Colonel Hat area in Akbar Shah and surrounded a four-storey building called “Momoh Nibash” just before 4pm.
Assistant Commissioner Foyzul Islam of Chittagong police told the Dhaka Tribune that the police were preparing to search the building at 4:30pm .
Policemen completed search of the other house, also a four-storey building, at around 6pm on Monday.
Locals claimed that all the residents in this house are Hindus.