Published:  01:00 AM, 14 September 2017

Trial of Talshar Darbar case starts after six years


The trial of sensational case of money looting from   Talshar Darbar Sharif at Anwara started from Tuesday by framing the charge against the accused of the case.  However, the judicial procedure has started again after around six years of the incidence on September 4, in 2011. 

The hearing of the case of  Talshar Darbar Sharif  started before the court of Fifth Additional District and Session Judge of Chittagong Nur -e-Alam. The court of the Fifth Additional District and Session Judge of Chittagong Nur -e- Alam framed charge against the accused.

However, on April 6 this year, District and Session Judge of Chittagong Helal Uddin Chowdhury directed to send the case before the court of  Nur-e-  Alam. As per directives of the court, the case of Talshar Darbar Sharif at Anwara started before the court of Fifth Additional District and Session Judge.

Sources said, a team of robbers introduced themselves as member of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) looted Tk 2 crore of Talshar Darbar Sharif at Anwara in Chittagong on September 4 in 2011. At that time, RAB claimed that the team of RAB seized the money of Hundi from a Drabar at Anwara. But, the RAB team did not file any case in this connection and the team also did not deposit the seized money to the government treasury. 

According to sources, on March 13 that year, a robbery case was filed against 12 persons including former chief of RAB-7 Lieutenant Colonel Zulfikar Ali Mojumdar along with 9 other RAB members and two sources for looting Tk 2 crore cash from a shrine named Talsara Darbar at Anwara upazila in Chittagong.  

Mohammad Ibrahim, driver of the shrine, filed the case with Anwara police station after getting a nod from the Investigation Committee formed by RAB to try the case under existing criminal procedure.

The accused persons were identified as members of RAB-7 Lieu-tenant Colonel Zulfikar Ali Mojumdar, Flight Lieu-tenant Sheik Mahmudul Hassan, Subedar Abul Kashem, SI Tarun Kumar Basu, Nayek Jahangir Hossen, Lance Nayek Liton Miah, Nayek Suman Chandra Dey, Ali Ashraf, Lance Corporal Jashim Uddin, ASI Hasanuzzaman and two sources Didarul Alam and Anwar Miah.

According to the complaint, a team of 20-30 armed RAB members wearing uniform and civil dress got into the shrine in the evening on November 4, 2011 and locked the door from inside. The team took the saint of the shrine Ahmed Safa Shah hostage at a room on the first floor and locked the other female members of his family at a room of ground floor of the shrine complex, he added. 

The RAB members snatched the keys from the saint at gun point and searched different rooms at ground floor. Breaking an almira at the ground floor the RAB members looted six bags filled with cash money amounting Tk 2 crore kept there for constructing a mosque at the shrine complex, and left the shrine, the complaint said. The complaint also said that when people of the shrine asked for receipt of the money the RAB members threatened them showing guns.

The complainant also mentioned that he went to Anwara police station the next morning to file a general dairy but the Officer in Charge told him that RAB-7 members have already filed a case claiming that they had arrested four suspicious Myanmar citizens from the shrine.

According to sources, an investigation committee formed by RAB head quarter has found involvement of the alleged RAB-7 members in the looting incident and the head quarter has already taken divisional action against the alleged members.

The then Chief of RAB-7 Lieutenant Colonel Zulfikar Ali Mojumdar was closed from RAB and sent to Army. He was suspended from Army on April 30 in 2012. The sources also said that Bangladesh Army also formed an Investigation Court to look into the matter and try the alleged army member.

Later, police investigated the case and filed charge sheet on July 15 in 2012 against Lieutenant Colonel (Terminated) Zulfikar Ali Mojumdar, Flight Lieutenant (Terminated) Sheik Mahmudul Hassan, Subedar (Terminated) Abul Kashem, SI Tarun Kumar Basu, Nayek Jahangir Hossen, Lance Nayek (Terminated) Liton Miah, Nayek (Terminated) Suman Chandra Dey, Ali Ashraf, Lance Corporal (Terminated) Jashim Uddin, ASI Hasanuzzaman and two sources Didarul Alam and Anwar Miah. There were 42 accused in the charge sheet.


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