Anwara shrine looting
Former chief of RAB 7 arrestedStaff Correspondent
The police arrested former commanding officer of RAB 7 from a flat of a house Siddheshwari in Dhaka early Thursday in connection with the looting of Tk. 2 crore from a shrine in Chittagong in November 2011.
Zulfiqar Ali Majumder, the lieutenant colonel who was recently dismissed from the army, was commanding officer of the Rapid Action Battalion unit and the prime accused in the case of the looting of money from Talsara Darbar Sharif at Anwara
in Chittagong on November 4, 2011.
The Anwara police named 10 battalion personnel and two of informers in the case filed over the looting.
Zulfiqar was sacked on April 30, 2012 from the Institute of Army Training and Docrtine Command in Mymensingh for his suspected involvement in the looting. He had been in hiding since then.
Anwara police inspector (investigation) Abdus Samad, told New Age at the Ramna police station that they along with a team of the Ramna police had arrested Zulfiquar during a raid on a house of his relative at Daktar Gali on New Circular Road about 3:45am.
The police took him to the Anwara police station in Chittagong as the case was filed there, said Abdus Samad.
Zulfiqar told reporters at the Ramna police station that he had honestly served the army for 22 years and the incident had taken place when he was the commanding officer of the battalion’s unit and the case was filed. ‘I will face the case legally. The media are responsible for my situation.’
When reporters asked him why he went into hiding after being dismissed, he said, ‘I did not go into hiding. I was instructed to stay here.’
Abdus Samad also said that Zulfiqar had stayed at his relative’s house since his dismissal from the army.
On March 13, Md Idris, who worked as a driver at Talsara Darbar Sharif, filed the case. The accused are Zulfiqar Ali, captain Ohidul Hasan, deputy assistant director Abul Bashar, assistant subinspector Tarun Kumar Basu, assistant subinspector Jahangir Alam, assistant subinspector Ali Ashraf, Hasanuzzaman, Mohammad Liton, Jasim Uddin and Sumon and informers Didarul Alam and Anwar Mia.
The police earlier arrested Tarun Kumar, Didarul and Abul Bashar.
On November 4, 2011, the battalion personnel, led by Zulfiqar, looted Tk 2 crore from the Darbar Sharif.
After the robbery, the battalion set up an investigation committee which later found five of its members involved in the matter.
The investigation found that Zulfiqar Ali had led the robbery and he was withdrawn from the battalion and was sent back to the army.
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