Tripura minister’s links with arms dealer being probed


Agartala : The Tripura police have ordered an inquiry into alleged links between state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Sahid Chowdhury and a Bangladeshi arms dealer, officials said here Friday.

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Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal and Tripura arrested Bangladeshi national Mamun Mian alias Suman Majumdar from a house at Ramnagar, on the outskirts of Tripura’s capital Agartala last month, for his involvement in anti-Indian activities and trafficking in arms and explosives.

“Police (special branch) officials have started an inquiry to uncover the details about Mamun Mia and also who helped him to stay in Tripura illegally,” said Director General of Police K.T.D. Singh.

After the inquiry report of the police (special branch) is received, action would be taken against all those involved in the crime, Singh said.

Opposition parties have demanded removal of the minister from the state cabinet for his alleged links with the Bangladeshi arms trafficker.

“The minister helped Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan agent Mamun Mia in getting permanent residential certificate (PRC) from the state government and the Indian passport,” opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath said in a letter to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

“For the security of the state and nation, the minister should be removed from the cabinet,” Nath said in his letter, released to the media.

“The West Bengal police earlier this year nabbed two Bangladeshi nationals, Shamim Akhtar and Alamgir Hussain, in Kolkata with several incriminating documents pertaining to maps and details of army camps in north Bengal areas. A case was also registered against them,” DGP said.

“During their interrogation, Shamim and Alamgir revealed to the West Bengal CID officials that they had entered India last year and one of their associates, Mamun Mian, was hiding in Agartala city.”

The issue has rocked the state during the past two weeks.

Reacting to the media reports over the reported nexus between the minister and Mamun, the Communist Party of India-Marxist Central Committee member Bijon Dhar said: “Before completion of the police inquiry, we would not say anything now on the issue.”