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Barapukuria coal scam: 22 incl 6 MDs land in jail

 Dinajpur Correspondent

 Published: 07:49 PM, 13 January 2021  

Barapukuria coal scam: 22 incl 6 MDs land in jail

Barapukuria coal scam: 22 incl 6 MDs land in jail

A local court today sent six former managing directors and 16 officials of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited to jail in a case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission over stealing 1,43,727.99 tonnes of coal worth Tk 243.29 crore from the colliery in Dinajpur.

Dinajpur Special Judge Court Judge Mahmudul Karim passed the verdict rejecting their bail prayers after the accused appeared before the court today. Dinajpur Court Inspector Erafil confirmed the development.

He said the accused appeared before the court on Wednesday, the day set for the hearing of the case. However, as the hearing was not held, the court fixed the next date and directed them to send jail.

The officials, who were sent to jail, are the company's former managing directors Habib Uddin Ahmed, M Abdul Aziz Khan, Khurshid Alam, Kamaruzzaman, M Aminuzzamn, and SM Nurul Awrangjeb, suspended general manager (administration) Abul Quasem Prothania, suspended general manager (mine operation) ATM Nuruzzaman Chowdhury, suspended deputy general manager (store) Khademul Islam, former general manager M Shariful Islam, manager M Shoibur Rahman, deputy managing directors (mine planning and development) Zobayer Ali, Masudur Rahman Hawlader (general services), Ashok Kumar Haldar (production management), Arifur Rahman (maintenance and operation) and Syed Imam Hasan (security), deputy managers Muhammad Khalilur Rahman (coal handling), Morsheduzzaman (maintenance and operation), Habibur Rahman (production management), Jahedur Rahman (mine development) and assistant managers Satyendranat Barman and M Moniruzzaman.

On July 24 last year, the investigating officer of the case, ACC deputy director Abu Hena Ashikur Rahman filed a charge sheet on behalf of Samsul Alam accusing 23 people, including six former managing directors (MDs), in the court and the court took into account of the charge sheet on October 15 last year. Among them, the former MD. As Mahbubur Rahman died, at present there are 22 accused in the case.

Earlier on July 24, 2018, Barapukuria coal mine manager (administration) Mohammad Anisur Rahman filed the case with Parbatipur model police station accusing 19 officials of the company, including former managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed for the theft and the case was sent to ACC for investigation.