Name of prime accused dropped from charge sheet
Like the previous one, the second charge sheet in the case, filed over seizure of liquid cocaine at the Chittagong Port in 2015, was submitted excluding the name of prime accused Khan Jahan Ali Ltd's Chairman Nur Mohammad and accusing eight people.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), also the investigation officer, Md Kamruzzaman submitted the charge sheet to the prosecution under Special Power Act-1974.
The IO, earlier on November 19, 2015, submitted the first charge in the case filed under narcotic control act. But, the court did not accept the charge sheet and directed Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-7 for further investigation.
On July 14, 2015, the court gave direction to include the Special Power Act related to smuggling and to submit a separate charge sheet, said court sources.
During investigation, Rab-7, found link of Nur and his brother Mostaque Ahmed Khan and included their names in the supplementary charge sheet submitted on April 3 this year.
When contacted, IO Kamruzzaman said during investigation no link of Nur and Mostaque was found.
“It took time to submit the charge sheet as we were trying to contact foreign intelligence agencies to bring back the fugitives”, said he, adding that a report was also submitted to the court yesterday regarding the matter.
The court would hear the report today, said court sources.
The charge sheeted accused are manager of Prime Hatchery Golam Mostafa Sohel, a consultant in a foreign company Mostafa Kamal, an official of a security company Mehedi Alam, Mondol Group's Commercial Executive Atiqur Rahman, a Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) agent firm official Saiful Islam, Cosco Shipping Agency's Manager AKM Azad. Names of two expatriates Md Fazlur Rahman and Md Bakul Mia living in Britain were also mentioned.
On May 8, 2015, a container containing 107 barrels of sunflower arrived at Chittagong Port from Bolivia via Uruguay.
Being informed by police, Customs Intelligence sealed off the container on June 6 and later sent samples from each barrel for test in two laboratories in Dhaka which found presence of liquid cocaine in a barrel on June 27.
The same night, police filed the case.