Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) – BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury on Tuesday sought time to appear before the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for interrogation over his alleged involvement in money laundering and amassing illegal wealth.
On August 16, ACC had asked the BNP standing committee member to be present on August 28 for interrogation.
Upon receipt of his time petition letter today, ACC fixed September 10 as fresh date for his appearance before the anti-corrupt body. Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury wrote in his letter that he required more time to collect necessary documents.
ACC's assistant director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that they had sent the summon notice to Khasru's Chawkbazar house in the city on August 16 asking him to be present on Tuesday.
“The former commerce minister, Khasru will now have to face the ACC interrogation on September 10 as he missed the date August 28,” he added.
ACC Director Kazi Shafiqul Alam is investigating the allegations illegal wealth accumulation against the BNP Standing Committee member.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) - Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday interrogated eight officials of Pretrobangla in connection of the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine.
On August 13, some 32 officials of Petrobangla were asked to be present for interrogation at ACC in phases.
Earlier, ACC interrogated seven Pretrobangla officials on August 16 in the first phase; the remaining officials will face interrogation on August 29 and 30.
The Pretrobangla officials who faced the interrogation on Tuesday are- General Manager (Mine Operation) Abu Taher Mohammad Nuruzzaman Choudhury, Deputy Manager A K M Khaledul Islam, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Morsheduzzaman, Deputy Manager (Production Management) Habibur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Mine Development) Zahedur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Ventilation Management) Sattyndranath Barman, Deputy General Manager ( Mine Planning Operation) Jobayer Ali and Manager (Security) Syed Imam Hasan.
ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer, quizzed the eight officials.
The officials who faced the interrogation earlier on August 16 were - Deputy General Manager Nazmul Haque, Manager (Coal Handling Management) Shoyebur Rahman, Manager (Production Management) Syed Masud, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Mahbub Hossain, Assistant Manager (Production Management) Moniruzzaman, Assistant Manager (Coal Handling Management) Md.Mahbud Rashid, and Manager (Store) Md, Didarul Kabir.
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.
Bogura, Aug 28 (UNB) - Shamim Hossain, the driver of ‘Challenger Paribahan’ bus which was responsible for the death of 15 people in a road accident in Lalpur upazila of Natore district on Saturday, was arrested here on Tuesday.
Nure Alam Siddiqui, Inspector of Bogura Detective Branch of police, said they arrested Shamim, 42, son of Abul Hossain of Khetlal upazila in Joypurhat, from in front of the District Motor Workers’ Union office at Station Road in the district town around 2:30pm.
Earlier on August 26, Bogura Sadar Police arrested Abdus Samad Kamal, 35, helper of the bus, and handed him over to Natore Banpara Police Station.
Meanwhile, police released bus owner Manju Sarker on Sunday night after he was detained from Madhya Palsa area in Bogura district over the road accident.
During interrogation, the bus owner told police that that he had bought the unfit BRTC bus in an auction and started to operate it on Kushtia-Bogura road after repairing it.
At least 15 people were killed and 15 others injured when the Bogura-bound bus of ‘Challenger Paribahan’ from Pabna hit a human-hauler carrying 15 passengers in Lalpur upazila of Natore district on Saturday.
A case was filed against seven people on Saturday night over the fatal road accident.
The accused are the president of Banpara Human Hauler (Leguna) Owners’ Association, its secretary, owners and drivers of the bus and human hauler involved in the accident, and the helper of the human hauler.
Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested six suspected drug traders along with 2.7 lakh Yaba tablets from the city’s Elephant road area.
The drive was conducted from Wednesday till Thursday morning, said Senior ASP Mizanur Rahman (media) of Rab headquarters.
One of the arrestees was identified as Jahir Ahmed, a listed drug trader of Teknaf while the identities of the others could not be known yet.
The elite force members also recovered Tk 16,64,100 in cash, believed to be earned after selling Yaba, from their possession.
Dhaka, Aug 14 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to pay appropriate compensation to the family of three-year-old girl Raifa who died due to wrong treatment at a private hospital in Chattogram.
An HC bench of Justice Syed Mohammad Dastagir Hossain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed by Raifa’s father Rubel Khan, staff reporter of vernacular newspaper the Daily Samakal.
The victim’s father filed the writ petition on Thursday seeking necessary directives for compensation.
Advocate Tajul Islam and Barrister Mohammad Enam stood for the petitioner.
The rule also asked the respondents why actions would not be taken against the doctors and the hospital authorities for their negligence and why directives would not be given to set a guideline if patients die or victimise due to wrong treatment.
Secretary of the health ministry, additional secretary (hospital) of the ministry, chairman of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council, managing director of Max Hospital and its three concerned doctors have been made respondents to the rule.
Raifa Khan died reportedly due to wrong treatment at Max Hospital in the early morning of June 29 after she was admitted there with pain in her throat.
A government investigation led by the Chattogram civil surgeon found negligence of doctors in treating her.
A week after Raifa's death, members of Rapid Action Battalion raided the hospital and fined it for various irregularities. In response, owners of private clinics, hospitals and diagnostic centres enforced a 20-hour strike in the port city.