24 hand grenades went missing
Twenty four hand grenades, present on the seizure list, were found missing when the 10-truck arms were being handed over to Chittagong Cantonment on April 3, 2004, the day after the seizure, said a prosecution witness yesterday.
As per the list, the arms to magazine ratio should have been 1:4. But 32 magazines were found having no corresponding arms. The witness stole the eight missing arms, accused the defence.
The witness, Ahadur Rahman, plaintiff of the 10-truck arms haul cases and the one to make the list, denied the allegation while being cross-examined before the Metropolitan Special Tribunal-1 Judge SM Mojibur Rahman in Chittagong.
The counsel of accused former National Security Intelligence director general Brig Gen (retd) Abdur Rahim also accused Ahadur of stealing two submachine guns and a magazine by keeping those off the list.
Ahadur, formerly an officer-in-charge of Karnaphuli Police Station, denied the allegation. He also said he had not mentioned Rahim's name in his earlier statement â€œdue to the pressure of the then situationâ€.
Two cases were filed -- one for smuggling firearms and the other under the arms act -- a day after the seizure at a jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd in Chittagong.