Gazipur detectives arrested 45 suspects during a drive on Friday at Shopnochura Picnic Spot in Gazipur.
Gazipur Superintendent of Police (SP) Harun ar Rashid disclosed the matter to the reporters at a press conference later in the day, adding that the drive was conducted around 7:30am.
District unit Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer SM Sanaullah is among the suspects arrested on charges of planning sabotage, he said.
Harun ar Rashid further Said: “Fifteen petrol bombs, four crude bombs and 18 Jihadi books were seized from the suspects. They were gathering in the area to carry out sabotage.
“Sensing police presence the suspects tried to escape, but the police arrested them. The procedure to file a case is ongoing.”
Meanwhile, media cell of Hasan Uddin Sarkar- the BNP-nominated mayoral candidate for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation election, issued a press release claiming that the whole incident was staged.
According to the press release, these suspects were arrested while attending a polls meeting organized by Sramik Kalyan Federation in the Bhadun area of Pubail.
In a separate drive on Thursday, police arrested two youths with a foreign pistol from Ulukhola Leguna Stand in Gazipur.
The youths- Abul Bashar Kajol, 27, and Tanin, 28, were arrested around 9:15pm.
According to police, Bashar serves as the vice president of Kaliganj Upazila unit Chhatra League.