Sent by China, shipped through Britain
News Insight alleges that the arms consignment apprehended in Chittagong earlier this year came from China, were meant for Assamese terrorists, and was shipped through Britain.
The NDA was rudely shook when the largest consignment of Chinese arms meant for ULFA and others were recovered from a government dock in Chittagong in April this year during a routine police check. Since the deal originated in the UK and was put together by two Britons, the British government was keen to intervene in the subsequent investigation, which implicated two of Ziaâ€™s cabinet ministers, but Britain was kept out, and so was India. All Indian pressure to enter the inquiry failed, because India had failed to exercise its power punitively or sustainedly. From all accounts, the investigations have been terminated, the ministers have been exonerated, and no one is willing to bet on the status of the weaponsâ€™ consignment, which could well have gotten to the destined end-users.[NewsInsight]