Seven organizations of Benapole land port users yesterday gave an ultimatum to arrest Ahsan Ali, former deputy director (DD) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), within 15 days for what they said massive corruption and threat to custom officials.
“Former ACC DD Ahsan Ali threatened Customs Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury and other officials after failing to dodge revenue of Tk 2 crore 2 lakh 5 thousand against 30 items imported in June and July in the name of Ritu International and Z H Corporation. The two companies are managed by Ahsan,” said Uttom Chakma, assistant commissioner of Benapole Customs House.
“On July 28, Ahsan tried to release a huge amount of Viagra, which was detained by the customs authority,” he said.
Ahsan Ali was sent to forced retirement from his job at ACC in 2017, officials said.
Revenue officer Billal Hossain, also convener of Customs and VAT Association of Benapole Customs House, said, “On December 25 last year, a false allegation was submitted to the ACC against Customs Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury, using the name of advocate Shahadat Hossain, and Ahsan distributed its copies among officials and media. But investigations found that the so-called advocate did not exist.”
“We urge the authorities concerned to take necessary measures against Ahsan Ali and arrest him within the next 15 days. Otherwise, strict programmes will be taken at every customs house across the country,” said Nuruzzaman, senior vice president of Benapole C&F Agents Association.