Babar, Nizami, NSI's Rahim, DGFI's Rezzakul among convicts
Rocket shells are kept in a wooden box, bottom left; police drive a truck loaded with firearms to Dampara Police Lines, top left; army men show an American light machine-gun to State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar, top right; and police guard wooden boxes of high-profile arms including AK-47 rifles after joint forces seized the largest ever cache of weapons in Chittagong on April 2 in 2004. Photo: Star
A Chittagong court on January 30 handed down the death penalty to 14 people, including ex-ministers Lutfozzaman Babar and Motiur Rahman Nizami and former top intelligence officials, for smuggling 10 truckloads of arms into Chittagong during the last BNP-led government's tenure.
The verdict points to the state machinery's involvement in the smuggling of the huge cache of weapons meant for the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa), a separatist group fighting for an independent Assam.
Former NSI deputy director Maj (retd) Liakat Hossain and ex-NSI field officer Akbar Hossain Khan are among the convicts.
Ex-CUFL managing director Mohsin Talukder, former CUFL general manager (admin) Enamul Hoque, former NSI director wing commander (retd) Shahab Uddin, Haji Abdus Sobhan, owner of one of the two trawlers that carried the weapons from the deep sea to the CUFL jetty and former additional secretary of industries ministry Nurul Amin.