Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  
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Two Indians held with arms and wireless set at Satchhari forest

In connection with the Bogra ammunition haul, the BDR yesterday arrested two Indians and recovered two firearms and a wireless set from them at the Satchhari Forest Range in Chunarughat upazila, Habiganj.

The commanding officer of the BDR battalion at Srimangal, Lt. Col. Enamul Huda led the raid at Satchhari forest and held the uncle and cousin of Ashish Dev Barman, the absconding owner of the truck seized in Bogra.

A modern Chinese rifle, a gun and a compass were recovered from the arrestees -- Chittaranjan Dev Barman and his father Jogesh Dev Barman, said the BDR.

They claimed that the BDR arrested them when they came over at the Satchhari camp after being called in.

The two were produced before a Habiganj court and were placed on a five-day remand.

Jogesh and Chittaranjan were then sent to the capital where they are being interrogated by the Task Force Intelligence (TFI), a coalition of different agencies.

Two separate cases under the Arms Act and the Special Powers Act were filed with the Chunarughat Police Station.

The BDR raided in vain several places for Asish. Except for Asish's sister Shucharita Dev Barman, no one was found at his Satchhari Forest house.

"Police and others are coming to our house again and again. We do not know whether my brother was involved in anything wrong," Shucharita said to journalists.

Earlier on Sunday, the Chunarughat and Madhabpur police arrested Altu Miah, 22, driver of the truck, and helpers -- Swapan Kumar Dev Barman and Kishore Barman. They were also sent to Dhaka for interrogation, sources said.