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Ex-Bangla Minister to be grilled

By The Assam Tribune

DHAKA, Oct 3 � A Bangladeshi court today directed the police to show a detained former Home Minister as arrested for suspected links to a 2004 weapons smuggling believed to be destined for India�s banned separatist outfit ULFA.

Lutfuzzaman Babar, the controversial former junior Home Minister in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led government, was arrested nearly three years ago under emergency rules during the past military-backed interim government on graft and criminal charges.

The Metropolitan Magistrate court in southeastern port city of Chittagong ordered the police to show Babar as arrested for suspected links to the weapons haul meant for ULFA militants.

The police sought a 10-day remand to quiz him for his suspected involvement in the country�s biggest ever arms haul.

�Babar was found involved in the incident during further investigations (of the case) and it is evident that he had manipulated the (earlier) investigations,� the state-run BSS news agency quoted investigation officer Moniruzzaman Chowdhury of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as telling the court.

Judge Fazlul Bari set October 13 for hearing the remand prayer, but ordered Babar to be shown as arrested in the arms haul case. � PTI

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Ex-Bangla Minister to be grilled

DHAKA, Oct 3 � A Bangladeshi court today directed the police to show a detained former Home Minister as arrested for suspected links to a 2004 weapons smuggling believed to be destined for India�s banned separatist outfit ULFA.

Lutfuzzaman Babar, the controversial former junior Home Minister in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led government, was arrested nearly three years ago under emergency rules during the past military-backed interim government on graft and criminal charges.

The Metropolitan Magistrate court in southeastern port city of Chittagong ordered the police to show Babar as arrested for suspected links to the weapons haul meant for ULFA militants.

The police sought a 10-day remand to quiz him for his suspected involvement in the country�s biggest ever arms haul.

�Babar was found involved in the incident during further investigations (of the case) and it is evident that he had manipulated the (earlier) investigations,� the state-run BSS news agency quoted investigation officer Moniruzzaman Chowdhury of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as telling the court.

Judge Fazlul Bari set October 13 for hearing the remand prayer, but ordered Babar to be shown as arrested in the arms haul case. � PTI