Another ex-NSI officer held
Law enforcers yesterday arrested former National Security Intelligence (NSI) official Major Liakat Hossain in the capital in connection with the 10 truckloads of arms and ammunition in Chittagong.
Sources said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the case, rounded up Liakat around 2:00pm. He is now under its custody.
The arrest was made as Liakat's involvement with the seized deadly weapons and ammunition came up in the statement of detained ex-NSI director Wing Commander (retd) Sahab Uddin who was earlier grilled by the investigators in the Taskforce for Interrogation (TFI) cell.
During the arms haul incident, Liakat was the deputy director (technical) of the NSI and he played vital roles in the planning of the arms deal, sources said.
Wishing anonymity a top security official said Liakat, who was in London, was called in by the then government in 2006 and sacked from the service.
Sahab in his statement during interrogation earlier mentioned that NSI DG Brig Gen (Retd) M Abdur Rahim called in detained ex-NSI director Wing Commander (retd) Sahab Uddin, Major Liakat and another top NSI official at his office room in March 2004.
Later, the DG briefed them that a shipment of arms and equipment bought under the funding of Dubai based Aga Rahman Yousuf (ARY) group would be smuggled in the country with the assistance of the high officials of the high commission of a certain country.
He also briefed the officials that their jobs would be not to do anything about the consignment despite knowing everything.
Sahab in his statement also said that the then NSI DG earlier had called in four officers including him and Major Liakat at DG's office room in 2003 when the DG had told them that the high commission was pushing for some requests fulfilling which was not possible without government's decision.
The requests included releasing ULFA leader Anup Chetia or to let Chetia escape when he would be shifted to Mymensingh jail from Dhaka Central Jail and installation of a private TV channel in Dhaka with ARY group fund.
The then DG also told them that DG's wife Shirin Rahim would be the chairman while a relative (son or daughter's father-in-law) of a colonel would be the managing director (MD) of the ARY TV channel when it would be set up.