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12:00 AM, June 29, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 29, 2020

ACC sues govt officer, 2 UP members for stealing relief

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against a government officer, two union parishad (UP) members and three others for misappropriating about 39.3 thousand kg rice from Food for Work project.

ACC deputy assistant director Nilkamal Pal filed the case with its Integrated District Office in Khulna on June 27, confirmed Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, ACC's public relations officer (PRO).

The accused are Miraj Hossain Khan, Food for Work project implementation officer; Shahidul Islam, UP member of Tarali; Abdul Gani, UP member of Champaphul; Liakat Hossain Sardar from Satkhira; Abdul Khalek from Kaliganj; and Gobinda Sadhu from Patkelghata.

According to the case statement, the accused in collaboration with each other misappropriated the rice from nine phases under the Food for Work project.

The project implementation officer misused his power, it also reads.

The accused except for Miraj and Gobinda were arrested, ACC source said.

Recently, the ACC has decided to probe into the allegation of misappropriation of relief by 94 UP chairmen and members of the country.

As the novel coronavirus cases began to shoot up in March, the government imposed closure across the country to curb infection and adopted several relief programmes to ensure food security for poor and marginal people.

Some public representatives took advantage of it and got involved in misappropriation.

Against this backdrop, the Local Government Division (LGD) suspended these 94 UP chairmen and members and issued show-cause.

Till yesterday, ACC filed 22 cases for corruption in different social safety net programmes of the government.

In most cases, UP chairpersons and members were made accused.

Earlier ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said they have taken stern stance to capture the persons involved in relief misappropriation. "There is no scope to show leniency to anyone," he said.

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