Seized Chittagong arms were for ULFA: Report

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.

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.


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