Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday interrogated eight more officials of Petrobangla in connection of the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine.
With these eight, ACC completed interrogation of as many as 32 Petrobangla officials in total in connection of coal disappearance probe.
Earlier on August 13, ACC asked 32 officials of Petrobangla to be present for interrogation at ACC on different dates in phases.
The last phase of the interrogation began at 9 am today at the ACC office in the city, ACC's public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
The petrobangla officials who faced the questioning of the ACC on Thursday are -Deputy Managing Director (Coal Handling and Management) Khalilur Rahman, former Managing Director (Finance) Abdul Mannan Patwari and Gopal Chandra Saha, Manager (Accounting) Sarwar Hossain, Manager (Sales and Revenue Collection) Kamrul Hasan, Deputy Manager (Marketing and Customer Services) Mohammad Noman Pradhaniya, former General Manager (Administration) AKM Sirajul Islam and Shariful Alam and Assistant Manager (Security) Al Amin.
ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer, quizzed the eight officials.
Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant had to be shut down for the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine.
The disappearance of coal came to light on July 22, when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal.
A case was filed with Parbatipur Police Station on July 24 against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.
Chattogram, Aug 30 (UNB) - Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested a member of banned Islamic outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir from Kazir Dewri area in the port city on Thursday afternoon.
An elite force team in a drive detained Md Amiruz Zaman Parvez, 39, from a shop in the area, said Mimtanur Rahman, senior assistant director (media) of Rab-7.
The Rab members also recovered leaflets, jihadi books, a laptop and a mobile phone from him.
Earlier, a case was filed against him in Kotwali Police Station for his alleged involvement with the militancy.
Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - Readymade garment workers put barricade on the main road in the city’s Abdullahpur area halting vehicular movement for around two and half hours on both sides of House Building to Abdullahpur on Thursday.
Employees of ‘Top Jeans’ in Hazipara of Uttarkhan came to the street around 11:00 am protesting the dismissal of some of their fellow workers from the factory.
At one stage, they started demonstrating on the main road and went to Abdullahpur and put barricade there around 12:00 pm halting vehicular movement on the busy road, said Traffic Inspector Asad of Abdullahpur.
Although vehicles were diverted from Abdullahpur to House Building to keep the vehicular movement normal, huge traffic clog had surrounded the area, said another police officer.
Additional police forces were deployed to bring the situation under control.
Later around 2:30 pm, the agitated workers withdrew the roadblocks after being assured that their demand would be met, said Deputy Commissioner (Uttara Division) Nabid Kamal Shaibal.
He also said the vehicular movement from the International Airport to Abdullahpur became normal after 2:40 pm.
Tangail, Aug 30 (UNB) – MP from Tangail-3 constituency Amanur Rahman Khan Rana was cross-examined partially in a court here on Thursday in a case filed over the murder of his elder brother and Awami League leader Aminur Rahman Khan Bappy.
Monirul Islam, special public prosecutor of Additional District and Session’s Judge Court, said MP Rana was produced before the court from Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur around 10:30 amid tight security.
Later, defence lawyer Advocate Rafiqul Islam quizzed him for 25 minutes.
The defence also filed a petition seeking time for cross-examining the MP further, mentioning that their senior lawyers were sick.
Judge Maksuda Khanam granted the time petition and fixed September 20 for the next hearing.
Eight out of total 17 accused were produced before the court today.
Aminur Rahman Khan Bappy was gunned down and hacked to death in front of his residence in Tangail district town in the evening of November 21, 2003.
Later, his father Ataur Rahman Khan filed a case on November 23 with Tangail Sadar Police Station.
Shariatpur, Aug 30 (UNB) – A housewife was tortured to death allegedly by her in-laws at Charmalagao village in Damudya upazila. on Thursday morning.
The victim was identified as Papia, 22, wife of expatriate Liton Chowkidar of the village.
Deceased’s family members said Papia, daughter of Bhavatos Gannito of Gosairhat upazila, married Dubai expatriate Liton Chowkidar of Damudya upazila around three years back. Liton is now in Dubai.
They have a two-year-old daughter. The family members used to torture Papia physically after marriage, they alleged.
Father Bhabotos Gannito said he came to know from a neighbour over aphone call--“if I want to see my girl, then come to Shariatpur Sadar Hospital as her girl was admitted there with a critical condition.”
On information, “I rushed to the hospital and found my girl in the morgue. The family members of her father-in-law have tortured to death, my girl. I want the capital punishment of the murder,” he demanded.
Dr Tofail Ahmed, duty doctor of Shariatpur Sadar Hospital, said Papia was taken to hospital as a dh condition.
Being informed, police rushed in and sent the body to hospital morgue for autopsy, the doctor added.
Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Damudya Police Station, said the mystery of the death would be clear after having autopsy report.
Primarily, it is assumed that the girl might have killed after pouring poison. No hurt spot found in victim’s body.
Victim’s family informed that they would file complainant, the OC added.