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Dhaka Wednesday,  Mar 20, 2019

Case against 19 including Barapukuria MD

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A case is filed against 19 officials of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL), including its erstwhile managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed, who has been made an officer on special duty (OSD) after 1.44 lakh tonnes of coal disappeared mysteriously from the BCMCL yard site in Dinajpur.

Petrobangla Chairman Abul Mansur Mohammad Faizullah told Energy Bangla yesterday that the case will be filed by an official of the BCMCL in Parbatipur Police Station, which has jurisdiction over the coal mine site.

Mohammad Fakhrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Parbatipur Police Station at around said, “We have received complaints from BCMCL authorities that will be registered as a case after consultation with the high officials.”

“BCMCL claims that since 2005 till today 1.44 lakh tonnes of coal are either pilfered or somehow went missing and the 19 officials are responsible for the incident” the OC added.

Those who have been convicted, General Manager (Mine Operations) Abu Taher Md. Nuruzzam Chowdhury; Deputy General Manager Khaledul Islam; Managing Director Habib Uddin Ahmed; General Manager (General Service) Masudur Rahman Howlader; Manager (Production Management) Ashok Kumar Howlader; Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Arifur Rahman; Manager (Design, Construction and Maintenance) Jahidul Islam; Deputy Manager (Safety Management) Akramul Huq; Deputy Managing Director (Coal Handling & Management) Khalilur Rahman; Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Morsheduzzaman; Sub-manager (Production Management) Habibur Rahman; Deputy Manager (Mine Development) Zahidur Rahman; Vice-Manager (Ventilation Management) Satyen Nath Varman; Manager (Security) Syed Imam Hasan; Deputy General Manager (Mine Planning Operation) Jobair Ali; Former Managing Director (Finance) Abdul Mannan Patwari and Gopal Chandra Saha; Former General Manager (Exploration), Company Secretary Abul Kashem Prdania and Mosharraf Hossain.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday issued a travel ban against four officials of the BCMCL including its former MD Habib Uddin Ahmed, general manager and company secretary Abul Kashem Pradhania, general manager (mine operation) Abu Taher Md Nur-Uz Zaman Chowdhury, and Khaledul Islam, deputy general manager (store). Among others Engineer Hafiz Uddin, Masudur Rahman Hawlader may be included in the case.

In another development, the prime minister’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said an investigation is going on to unveil the fact how coal disappeared from Barapukuria Coal Mine.

“It’s too early to make any comment over the investigation, but the role of the authorities concerned needs to be looked into,” he said while talking to reporters after the third session of the Deputy Commissioners’ conference in the capital.

Asked whether any serious action will be taken against those responsible, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is serious as she does not shy away from taking strict measures as much as she cares for government officials. “She won’t tolerate any corruption, if there is any,” Tawfiq-e-Elahi told the journalists.

Earlier on Monday, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) formed a three-member committee to independently investigate the alleged corruption and disappearance of coal at the Barapukuria coalmine.

The ACC probe committee has been formed on the top of three member probe committee formed by the Petrobangla to investigate the same incident.

The ACC body is headed by its deputy director Shamsul Alam. Two other members of the committee are the anti-graft body’s assistant director ASM Sajjad Hossain and deputy assistant director ASM Tajul Islam. Director of ACC Shafiqul Alam said the committee has been asked to complete the enquiry within 15 working days.

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