Probe into Sunamganj embankments graft starts

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 13 Apr 2017, 22:51:35

Probe into Sunamganj embankments graft starts

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started an investigation over reports that millions were embezzled from funds for 28 embankments that were never built in Sunamganj.

A committee formed on Thursday will probe the roles played by officials of the Water Development Board and contractors, said Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, ACC deputy director.

The matter pulled into focus after flash floods submerged the majority of wetlands in Sunamganj, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Kishoreganj, Netrokona and Brahmanbaria, destroying Boro rice plantations.

The crisis was blamed on corrupt officials for neglect of duty in building or restoring embankments to protect ‘haors’ or wetlands.

The Water Development Board sought bids for 28 embankments in 116 packages in the last two years, said Bhattacharya.

“But the executive engineers and contractors plotted together to embezzle Tk 250 million without doing anything for the projects.”

He said ACC director Md Belal Hossain will head the three-member committee by the anti-graft watchdog. The others are deputy director Md Abdur Rahim and assistant director Selina Akhtar Moni.

Md Asaduzzaman, ACC director general (special investigation), will supervise their work. 

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