Dhaka – A group of 27 pirates, who operated in the mangrove forest and the Bay of Bengal, surrendered their arms to return to normal life, officials said on Sunday.
The bandits surrendered their arms to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at a function in south-western Bangladeshi district of Bagerhat. Senior police officers attended the programme.
The bandits came from three sub-groups headed by three commanders put down 28 guns and 1,081 bullets at Swadhinata Udyan of Bagerhat town. They pirates used to operate under the names of their commanders named as Don, Chhoto Jahangir, and Sumon.
A number of pirates were killed in gunfights with the security forces in the past years as they tried to collect ransom taking hostage the fishermen in the Sundarbans forest and in the Bay of Bengal.
The Sundarban is the largest mangrove forest in the world stretched over more than 10,000 square kilometres in Bangladesh and Indian state of West Bengal.