APBn, ACC nab contractor while leaving country

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 17 Aug 2017, 00:40:42
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APBn, ACC nab contractor while leaving country

Haor dam protection graft
FE Report


Armed Police Battalion (APBn) personnel arrested a contractor from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital on early Wednesday in connection with graft charges in construction of Haor protection embankments.

Khairul Huda Chapal, also the district convener of Awami Jubo League Sunamganj unit, is a contractor of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

Chapal, proprietor of Noor Trading in Sunamganj, was caught while he was about to fly to Singapore at around 01:00 am. Afterwards he was handed over to an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) team, led by its headquarters assistant director Md Faruk Ahmed, an official informed.

Chapal was arrested following filing of a case by ACC with Sunamganj Sadar police station on July 2 as part of probing corruption in construction of embankments in Haor areas of Sunamganj district, said ACC deputy director (public relations) Pranab Bhattacharjee.

ACC filed the case accusing 61 people, including BWDB executive engineer and other BWDB officials and contractors concerned.

According to the case statement, the alleged people, knowing the possibility of flash-flood, embezzled project fund by leaving the construction of embankments unfinished or partially finished, which caused immense loss to Haor people, specially the farmers.

ACC has so far arrested three people, including Chapal, for their involvement in irregularities in constructing Haor protection embankments.

Meanwhile, ACC also approved charge-sheet against a tax official of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), who was caught red-handed by a 10-member ACC team while taking bribe.

ACC approved charge-sheet against Tofazzal Hossain Jamaddar, deputy tax officer of DSCC, who was held by the ACC team on February 16 from Vuter Goli of North Dhanmondi.

According to the case filed with Kalabagan Police Station on the same day, Mostafa Mohammad Ali, a house owner of the area, submitted a complaint to ACC.

He alleged that the DSCC official fixed city corporation taxes for his building at higher rates, and demanded Tk 50,000 bribe to reduce it.

Acting on the accusation, the anti-graft authority formed a team, led by its Dhaka Divisional Office Director Nasim Anwar, who arrested Tofazzal red handed laying a trap while receiving Tk 20,000 from the complainant.

The ACC team also found Tk 102,000 while searching his body. ACC approved the charge-sheet according to Section 161 of Penal Code and Section 5(2) of Corruption Prevention Act 1947.

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