A ruling party man assaulted an engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in the district yesterday as he did not release much more than the stipulated bill for the construction of a bridge.
“Contractor Raju Barua came to the district office of LGED and wanted to know why I didn't cooperate in releasing Tk 1.70 crore as per his demand although he completed work worth Tk 70 lakh under a running project. An altercation followed. At one stage, he beat me,” Sub-Assistant Engineer of LGED Shajedur Rahman said.
The project is for construction of a 60-metre-long girder bridge on Kalaghata-Taracha road under Rowangchhari upazila of the district at an estimated cost of Tk 2.50 crore.
Raju, assistant press and publication secretary of the district town Awami League, also president of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela of the district, said an altercation with the engineer took place but he did not beat the engineer.
Executive Engineer of LGED Mohon Chakma said, “We are very unhappy about it.”
Lawmaker Bir Bahadur U Shwe Ching said he does not support such activities by the ruling party man.