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[Update] Bogra Ammo Recovery - Truck driver 2 others arrested [2 Reports]

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    [Extract-1] Police said driver Altu Mia was held at Alipur in Bahubal upazila, Kishore Dev Barman at Satchhari in Chunarughat upazila and Swapan Kumar Goala at
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      [Extract-1] Police said driver Altu Mia was held at Alipur in Bahubal
      upazila, Kishore Dev Barman at Satchhari in Chunarughat upazila and Swapan
      Kumar Goala at Teliapara in Madhabpur upazila. A truck with the similar
      registration number of the one seized at Dhupchachia along with the rifle
      bullets and explosives was detected at Chunarughat. Police raided the house
      of Ashish Dev Barman, owner of the truck, who was not in. Driver of the
      truck Altu Mia was taken into custody from his house in Teliapara at about
      11:30pm. In another raid police arrested Kishore and Swapan from their
      houses at Satchhari and Teliapara.

      [Extract-2] They reported that arrestees Delwar Hossain and Shamim were
      activists of the JIB and its student front the Islami Chhatra Shibir in
      their evening news bulletins on Sunday. A group of more than 12 persons led
      by Majedur Rahman, former president of the town Chhatra Shibir, threatened
      Abdur Rouf Jalal and asked him to send a 'corrected report' by 10:00pm
      Sunday stating that the arrestees were Awami League workers. At around
      12.30pm yesterday, police intercepted Iqbal Morshed Ripon while he was
      returning home and reportedly kept him confined for 90 minutes at the SP's
      office and he was interrogated by the Deputy Inspector General
      (headquarters) Shahadat Hossain. The ATN Bangla and the Channel-i in their
      late night bulletins Sunday described the three arrested men as AL workers.

      [Extract-3] But by thorough investigation and factual evidence these events
      need to be publicly proved because they are related to the very peaceful
      existence of the country and the fundamental rights of the people. The
      people also should know the evil-doers so that in future they can be careful
      of them. Equally or more importantly pertinent is that when proofs are
      established the action, the minister warns to take, should be taken without
      fear or favour. Because acts of subversion are no politics on whatever
      cannot be allowed. Already our politics has become too closely connected
      with crimes and criminals.

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      1. Truck driver, 2 others held in Habiganj
      Bogra ammo haul
      UNB, Habiganj

      A truck driver and two others suspected of involvement in Bogra ammunition
      and explosive case were taken into custody Sunday night.

      Police said driver Altu Mia was held at Alipur in Bahubal upazila, Kishore
      Dev Barman at Satchhari in Chunarughat upazila and Swapan Kumar Goala at
      Teliapara in Madhabpur upazila.

      A truck with the similar registration number of the one seized at
      Dhupchachia along with the rifle bullets and explosives was detected at
      Chunarughat.

      Police raided the house of Ashish Dev Barman, owner of the truck, who was
      not in. Driver of the truck Altu Mia was taken into custody from his house
      in Teliapara at about 11:30pm.

      In another raid police arrested Kishore and Swapan from their houses at
      Satchhari and Teliapara.

      All of them were handed over to detective police in Dhaka yesterday for
      interrogation.

      Our staff correspondent Anwar Ali from Bogra reports: Police investigators
      have claimed that the probe into the biggest ever ammunition and explosives
      haul is 'over'.

      A police investigator told The Daily Star, "The only task of police now is
      to find out the culprits."

      Meanwhile, police picked up four persons and produced them before a first
      class magistrate's court to record their statements under Section 164 as
      witnesses of the cases filed in connection with the incident.

      One of the four persons is Samad, the rickshaw-van puller, who was hired for
      unloading the ammunition and explosives from the truck.

      The rest three are Birkadar Union Parishad member Abdul Hamid, Abdur Rashid
      and Ashraf Ali. All of them are local BNP workers.

      Local Jamaat-e Islami of Bangladesh (JIB) allegedly threatened two
      journalists for reporting that JIB workers were arrested in connection with
      the ammunition and explosives haul, sources said.

      The journalists are Abdur Rouf Jalal, Bogra correspondent of the Channel -i
      and Iqbal Morshed Ripon, Bogra correspondent of the ATN Bangla.

      They reported that arrestees Delwar Hossain and Shamim were activists of the
      JIB and its student front the Islami Chhatra Shibir in their evening news
      bulletins on Sunday. A group of more than 12 persons led by Majedur Rahman,
      former president of the town Chhatra Shibir, threatened Abdur Rouf Jalal and
      asked him to send a 'corrected report' by 10:00pm Sunday stating that the
      arrestees were Awami League workers.

      At around 12.30pm yesterday, police intercepted Iqbal Morshed Ripon while he
      was returning home and reportedly kept him confined for 90 minutes at the
      SP's office and he was interrogated by the Deputy Inspector General
      (headquarters) Shahadat Hossain.

      The ATN Bangla and the Channel-i in their late night bulletins Sunday
      described the three arrested men as AL workers.

      Meanwhile, Delwar Hossain told The Daily Star at the thana custody yesterday
      that he had been a JIB worker since 1984 and recently he vied for the
      'rokon' post of the party.

      Another arrestee Shamim, who was identified as a Shibir worker, denied
      having any link with politics.

      Police recovered 62,112 Chinese rifle bullets and 120kg of explosives from
      an abandoned truck and Awami League leader Sayed Akhlakur Rahman Pintu's
      house at Jogarpara village under the Kahalu Police Station in Bogra Friday
      night.

      Source:[http://www.thedailystar.net/2003/07/01/d30701011111.htm%5d

      2. Find the rifles and establish the political connection
      The New Nation, Dhaka
      Jul 1, 2003, 03:50

      Find the rifles and establish the political connection

      The recovery of smuggled 62,000 bullets of Chinese rifle and 57 bags of high
      powered explosives from the village Jugarpara of Kahalu Upazila of Bogra
      District is a frightful event. Still the government has no clue where the
      rifles are for the use of the bullets. The sign is ominous and dreadful
      enough to shake the national psyche about the safety and security of the
      country. Four days back 1000 pieces of live bombs were recovered from the
      capital city Dhaka's outskirt Demra. The person from whose possession the
      bombs were recovered admitted that they (the bombs) were collected for use
      on the hartal day which Awami League called on last 28 June. A simultaneous
      event of Sirajgonj came also in juxtaposition where hill tracts tribal
      activist Santu Larma in a conference of the Santal tribals said, "we are at
      one with you." In view of the sporadic insurgency in the hill tracts what is
      this 'at one with you' is a matter of worry. Even the recent murders of the
      capital city Dhaka cannot be excluded from the ambit of the ominous move.

      The larger quantity of the ammunition and the explosives were found in the
      truck near a brick field in the same village. The other part was found
      beneath a heap of cowdung and inside a clump of bamboo in the house of
      Akhlaqur Rahman. Akhlaqur Rahman is the president of the Kahalu Upazila
      Krishok League, peasant front of Awami League. Rahman is an active political
      element and contested the recently held local union parishad election for
      the post of chairman. He however failed to win the election. So there is no
      need to search for the political identity of Rahman. He is self identified.

      Regarding the event and the Awami League called hartal Home Minister Altaf
      Hossain Chowdhury made a statement in the parliament which is now in
      session. The Home Minister in his statement said that opposition Awami
      League had link with the ammunition and explosives haul. Drawing causal
      connections the home minister said the ammunition proves the existence of
      rifles and the loaded truck reached Jugarpara on the previous night of the
      hartal day and a part of the ammunition and explosives were found in the
      house of Akhlaqur Rahman who is a leader of Awami League. The Home Minister
      said the meaning of all these events are self evident. "Awani League
      conspiracy continued to push the country towards anarchy" and in view of
      that, the government will "no longer tolerate should anyone try to create
      anarchy by collecting arms and ammunition in the name of hartal."

      While the minister says that there is a continued Awami conspiracy to push
      the country towards anarchy the government naturally, has a duty to foil
      this conspiracy in the interest of the people and the country as none have a
      right to act against the country and the people. And, therefore, as the
      minister said, the government will no longer tolerate such activities.

      But by thorough investigation and factual evidence these events need to be
      publicly proved because they are related to the very peaceful existence of
      the country and the fundamental rights of the people. The people also should
      know the evil-doers so that in future they can be careful of them. Equally
      or more importantly pertinent is that when proofs are established the
      action, the minister warns to take, should be taken without fear or favour.
      Because acts of subversion are no politics on whatever cannot be allowed.
      Already our politics has become too closely connected with crimes and
      criminals.

      So the government must find the rifles and establish the political
      connection it claims.

      Source:[http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_2916.shtml%5d

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