Babar in 5-Day Remand
Monday, 01 November 2010

A Chittagong magistrate's court has given the police permission to take former state minister for home affairs Lutfazzaman Babar in custody for questioning in the ten-truck arms haul case.

Chittagong metropolitan magistrate Mahbubur Rahman permitted the five-day remand on Monday.

Chittagong city police assistant commissioner Nirmalendu Bikash Chakrabarty said that the order was given following hearing of a 10-day remand petition by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police.

CID senior assistant superintendent Maniruzzaman Chowdhury, also the case's investigating officer said, "We will interrogate him at a suitable time."

Babar, who has already been shown arrested in the case, was brought to Chittagong Central Jail on Friday night.

The police seized 10 truck loaded with weapons and ammunition from the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) jetty on the night of April 1, 2004.

The arms were allegedly destined to reach the Indian insurgent group, United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).

The police filed two cases — one under arms law and the other for smuggling.

A five-member investigation committee, headed by the then home secretary Omar Faruq, was formed for investigating the arms haul case.

DGFI chief Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury, NSI director general Enamur Rahman Chowdhury, deputy inspector general of CID Farrukh Ahmed and deputy inspector general of the police's Special Branch Shamsul Islam were included in the committee.

The investigations were allegedly misled and new investigations began after the Awami League-led coalition government came to power.

Consequently, members of the then investigation committee were quizzed and many high-profiles, including two former director generals of the NSI and navy officers, were arrested.


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