Bangladesh court to hear ULFA’s 10 trucks arms seizure case on Oct 18

Bangladesh court to hear ULFA’s 10 trucks arms seizure case on Oct 18

Kolkata: Smuggling 10 vehicles loaded with weapons in trucks at Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd.

On Wednesday, the Bangladesh High Court Bench of Justices Shahidul Karim & Fatima Naajib scheduled the hearing for October 18th.

A date has been set by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the High Court bench in Bangladesh for hearing death appeal and reference in a case involving the smuggling of 10 trucks with weapons inside CUFL jetty, Chittagong.

The 10 trucks full of weapons were seized in April 2, 2004, despite suspected efforts of certain “influential quarters” for their safe passage to ULFA in the presence of its military wing chief Paresh Barua during the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-Jamaat coalition government.

Jamaat chief, the Bangladesh Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami (then) and Lutfozzaman Barar (then State Home Minister), were among the 13 people sentenced to die for trying to smuggle the 10 weapons-laden trucks.

While weapons were being loaded onto the trucks for shipment to ULFA, the trucks were seized by the CUFL at the Karnaphuli River jetty.

Recovered firearms included 4,930 advanced guns of various types, 840 rocket launchers (300 rockets), 300 rockets (2,020 rocket launching tubes), 27,020 rocket grenades, 2,005 rocket-launching rockets, and 6,392 magazines. There was also a total of 11.41 Million bullets.

Tareq Rahman was sentenced to death by a special Chittagong court. He is the son of Khaleda Zia and Matiur Rahman Nizami. Also, Jamaat’s top leader Ali Ahsan Muzahid and Lutfuzzaman Babar were executed. The former chiefs of both intelligence agencies Brigadier General (retd.) Abdur Rahim, and Major General (retd.) Rezzakul Haidar Chiy.

A verdict will be announced by the court on Tarique Rahman de facto chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party. He has been in London more than 10 years to avoid punishment for being convicted for August 24, 2004 grenade attack against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which left him seriously injured and killed 30 Bangladesh Awami League activists and leaders.

Tareq Zia, and Lutfuz Zman Babar are both appealing against the death sentences in these cases.