• Thursday, July 31, 2014

Maya mum on resignation demand

Star Online Report

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya today dodged queries on demand of his resignation over alleged role of his family members in Narayanganj seven-murder.

Asked about the demand of his resignation from different quarters, Maya, instead of giving reply to the queries, said he is ready to extend all out cooperation in probing the investigation.

"I will help to investigate the killings if any assistance is sought from me," he said to reporters at Secretariat.

He further said, “I want punishment to those whoever involved in the killing.”

Maya was talking to media at his Secretariat office this afternoon after a meeting with Saudi Arabia ambassador in Dhaka Abdullah Nasser Al Bussairy.

After allegations raised by Shahidul Islam, father-in-law of Narayanganj city panel mayor Nazrul Islam who was among the seven victims, that some officials of Rab-11 killed him in exchange for Tk 6 crore, some newspapers reported that Maya's son Dipu Chowdhury brokered the deal with the Rab-11 commanding officer and his brother-in-law Tareque Sayeed Mohammad.

Shahidul alleged that Siddhirganj thana Awami League leader Nur Hossain and a few others paid Rab the money in exchange for abducting and killing them.

Tareque and two other Rab officers have been withdrawn and attached to the Log Area following the allegations.

On April 27, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam and his four aides and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and his driver were kidnapped from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road around the same time in broad daylight. Six bodies, including that of Nazrul and Chandan, were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river on April 30, and another was found the following day.

Soon after the allegation raised by Shahidul, Maya claimed that none of his family members have any link with the accused in the case filed for the abduction and murder of the seven persons.

He however did not attend this week’s cabinet meeting making an issue of discussion among the officials in Bangladesh Secretariat.

Several cabinet members told The Daily Star that Maya felt embarrassed to come across the prime minister as allegation of involvement in the gruesome murders raised against his son and son-in-law. 

 

Published: 1:21 pm Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Last modified: 9:40 pm Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TAGS: Bangladesh Rab Narayanganj abduction Nazrul Islam Nur Hossain Chandan Sarker NCC panel mayor Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya Disaster Management and Relief Minister killings seven-murder

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