Tuesday, February 15, 2005

BANGLADESH : FBI, Yard seek Chittagong arms haul probe

+ Three separate probe panels, investigating teams and intelligence bureaus have so far “failed” to uncover the source, destination and couriers of Bangladesh’s biggest arms haul in years, in a jetty of the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong, on 2 April 2004, in which nearly two-thousand AK series assault rifles, sub-machine carbines, Chinese rifles, rocket launchers, besides 27,000 hand grenades and nearly two lakh ammunition were recovered +

15/02/2005

FBI, Yard seek Chittagong arms haul probe

15 February 2005: FBI, Scotland Yard, and Interpol agents called to investigate bomb attacks that narrowly missed the Bangladesh opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and the British high commissioner, Anwar Chowdhury, during a visit to Sylhet, but killed the former finance minister, Shah A.M.S.Kibria, have demanded reopening the Chittagong arms haul case.

Three separate probe panels, investigating teams and intelligence bureaus have so far “failed” to uncover the source, destination and couriers of Bangladesh’s biggest arms haul in years, in a jetty of the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong, on 2 April 2004, in which nearly two-thousand AK series assault rifles, sub-machine carbines, Chinese rifles, rocket launchers, besides 27,000 hand grenades and nearly two lakh ammunition were recovered.

Fourteen persons, mainly porters, boatmen, and truck drivers, were arrested, and later, half of them were released, but the inquiries have made no headway, and now, the Khalida Zia regime has come under enormous pressure from foreign governments and agencies to launch a fullscale investigation of the Chittagong arms haul.

The foreign governments and agents believe militants from India provided safe sanctuaries in Bangladesh could be behind the assassination attempts, and India which was denied a investigative role in the Chittagong arms haul has always maintained that the weapons were consigned to ULFA and other North-East terrorist groups.

The FBI has come in twice, first to investigate the attack on Hasina in August 2004, and a second time now to probe the Kibria killing, and Scotland Yard has been inquiring into the grenade attack on Chowdhury.