Dhaka: A Bangladeshi court is set to frame charges against 52 suspects, comprising ULFA chief Paresh Barua and top Islamist leader Matiur Rahman Nizami in the country’s biggest ever arms smuggling case when 10-truck loads of arms destined for banned Indian separatist group were seized, reports said.
The court set the date on October 25 for framing the charges as all of the 11 detained charged including ex-junior minister for home Lutfizzaman Babar, ex-industries minister and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Nizami and 2 former army generals appeared before the judge, a court official said. The rest 41 people accused in the case are absconding.
Officials’ reports said that their extended search found Chinese firm NORINCO to have produced the weapons but they could not recognize the ship that carried the illegal consignment to Bangladeshi territory.
Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions judge SM Muzibur Rahman also rejected the bail petitions of 3 of the accused, former director general of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Rezaqul Haider Chowdhury, Major (retd) Liaqat Hossain and top leader of arms smuggling group Deen Mohammad, in the cases while the accused lawyers sought bail for them.
The supplementary charge-sheet said that the weapons were brought for ULFA under the supervision of some officials of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) and National Security Intelligence (NSI).