Death convicts in the 10-truck arms smuggling former director generals (DGs) of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Brig Gen (retd) Abdur Rahim and Maj Gen (retd) Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury have been taken to the Dhaka Central Jail.
“Both Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury and Abdur Rahim were taken to the Dhaka Central Jail at around 6pm”, said Forman Ali, senior superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail.
Asked, the Dhaka Central Jail boss said escorted by a team of police, the former NSI DGs were taken to Dhaka from Chittagong Jail by a team of Chittagong Jail guards.
According to the jail officials, both the convicts were taken to separate condemned cells in Dhaka Central Jail.
During arms haul period on April 2 in 20004, Abdur Rahim was the DG of the NSI while Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury was a director of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) Maj Gen (retd) and later was appointed as the DG of NSI.
Besides, former BNP state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and Jamaat-e-Islami leader and also former industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami were taken to Kashimpur Jail, Gazipur from Chittagong.
A Chittagong court on January 30 handed down death sentences to 14 people including former ministers Motiur Rahman Nizami, Lutfozzaman Babar, Abdur Rahim and Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury, for masterminding the country’s largest ever smuggling of 10-trucks of arms and weaponries on April 2 in 2004.
The arms and weapons were seized at the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL), under Karnaphuli police station.