Seized Chittagong arms were for ULFA: Report
Last Updated: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 18:59
Dhaka: A huge cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition, which was seized six years ago in Bangladesh was procured from a Chinese state-run arms factory for India's northeastern separatist organisation ULFA, a media report claimed on Sunday.

The report also said that some officials of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) and Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) made the arrangement to collect the ten-truck arms consignment from China.

The arms were procured from the Chinese state-run arms factory North Industries Corporation(NORINCO) for India's northeastern separatist organisation ULFA, according to a report published in a Bengali newspaper 'Prothom Alo'.

These were disclosed in the probe of the Criminal Investigation Department(CID), the report said, adding the investigation was carried out at the directives of the court and on the basis of seven observations.

The CID submitted the report on latest development of the probe to the court of the Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge on September 15.

The CID also applied to extend the time of the investigation and hearing to this end could be held today.

In this regard, the daily contacted with the Chinese embassy in Dhaka yesterday evening but they did not give any statement, the report said.

Meanwhile, former state minister for home of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government Lutfozzaman Babar, who is now in jail in other cases, and former home secretary Omar Faruq may be implicated in the 10-truck case.

Besides, other NSI and DGFI high officials, who were arrested and grilled earlier, may be accused in the sensational case, the report said.

A Chittagong court on September 20 took the statement of former deputy inspector general of the Criminal Investigation Department Farrukh Ahmed in the sensational 10-truck arms haul case.

Chittagong metropolitan magistrate Mahabubur Rahman took his statement because Ahmed was on the five-member committee, formed by the then government to investigate the 10-truck arms on April 1, 2004.

His statement was taken to establish whether or not the committee's report was 'influenced', Maniruzzaman Chowdhury, investigation officer said.

The Criminal Investigation Department had earlier quizzed Ahmed. Earlier on September 16, another Chittagong court recorded statement of former National Security Intelligence (NSI) director Enamur Rahman Chowdhury in the same case.

Maniruzzaman, senior assistant superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department, had said: "His statement is very important as he was a member of the investigation team formed by the (BNP) government."

But he gave no hint of what the former NSI official had said. Enamur Rahman Chowdhury was questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department on Nov 11 last year.

He had been a director of NSI when 10 truck loads of arms were supposed to be delivered to Chittagong port on April 1, 2004. Like Ahmed, he was also a member of the five-member investigation team formed two days after the arms were seized.

The other members of the committee, headed by former home secretary Omar Faruq, were the then Directorate General of Forces Intelligence director Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury and deputy inspector general of the police's Special Branch Shamsul Islam.

All of them have already been quizzed in the case. The police seized 10 truckloads of arms and ammunition from a jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) on the night of April 1, 2004, sparking speculation that the cache was destined for Indian insurgent group United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).

The police filed two cases one under arms law and the other for smuggling. The police arrested another former director general of NSI, Abdur Rahim, its deputy director Liyakat Hossain, field officer Akbar Hossain and another official Shahabuddin, and former CUFL managing director Mohsinuddin Chowdhury and director (admin) AKM Enamul Huq.

The investigation officer also questioned officials from the navy, coast guards and customs in this connection.


First Published: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 18:59

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