The government yesterday deployed police at the Milk Vita headquarters in Tejgaon to fend off any trouble, two days after its managing director was illegally removed by the dairy's management committee.
A five-member team of Tejgaon Industrial Police, led by a sub-inspector, was stationed there. The deployment is also intended to help Mohammad Munir Chowdhury, the managing director, carry out his administrative duties.
“Police have been instructed to go tough on any unruly behaviour at Milk Vita, as the government has intelligence information that a corrupt syndicate may create unrest to put into effect the committee's illegal move,” a high official told The Daily Star.
He added that there is also an intelligence watch on the headquarters of the state-run cooperative dairy.
The Milk Vita management committee, led by its chairman Hasib Khan Tarun, had issued a letter after a meeting on Tuesday, removing Munir from office, and conveyed it through a special messenger that night.
In February, the public administration ministry transferred Munir to the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division (RDCD) under the local government ministry on deputation. The division appointed him as the MD of Milk Vita in the same month.
Registrar and Director General of Department of Cooperatives Md Humayun Khalid visited the Milk Vita headquarters yesterday in a bid to resolve the crisis and boost the morale of the administration.
MA Quader Sarker, secretary to the RDCD, said, “I have already verbally communicated to the committee chairman that they have no authority to replace the MD. Soon, I will give them the message officially.”
Munir's appointment as MD was endorsed by the RDCD, he added.
A conflict between the management committee and the MD ensued when he insisted on complying with the law and rules in recruitment, procurement and promotion, said the secretary.
Things aggravated when Munir refused to entertain any undue demand of the management committee and help them gain their personal benefits.
Hasib Khan Tarun could not be reached despite several phone calls. He had earlier said the government would determine whether the management committee's move was lawful or not.