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12:00 AM, June 08, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:18 AM, June 08, 2021

Man arrested for ‘embezzling’ Tk 10cr gas bill

Rab claimed to have arrested a man who allegedly embezzled Titas gas bills worth Tk 10 crore, instead of depositing the money to national treasury after collecting it from customers.

A team of Rab arrested Omar Faruk from Chattogram early yesterday,  more than four months after he went into hiding on January 23, said  Mozammel Haque, commanding officer of Rab-4.

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The Rab official said Faruk used to run an agent banking service in Mirpur-2 and collected utility bills from nearly 1,500 customers.

He cleared the electricity and water bills in time but did not deposit gas bills for about two years, Mozammel said at a press briefing at Rab media centre in Dhaka.

This came to light after Titas Gas authorities announced to disconnect gas lines of the customers, who protested the move, claiming they regularly paid the bills through agent an banking service run by Faruk.

On January 23, Faruk closed down his three offices including one for the agent banking and went into hiding, the Rab official said.

A victim filed a case with Mirpur Police Station on February 2 in this regard.

According to Rab, Faruk, who studied up to SSC, arrived in Dhaka in 2014 and started working as an employee at a shop of mobile financial service in 2014. One year later, he established a shop on his own and in 2018, he ran an agent banking service in Mirpur-2 through which he misappropriated Tk 10 crore.   

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