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12:00 AM, November 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 19, 2019

Suspended Staffer’s ‘Threat’ on facebook

Lalmonirhat rly office under tight security

Security at Bangladesh Railway traffic department office in Lalmonirhat town was heightened since Sunday morning following a post on a Facebook group of Bangladesh Railway guards.

Sajjad Hossain, assistant traffic superintendent of Lalmonirhat Railway Division, said they took the measure to avoid any untoward incident in response to a November 14 post made by suspended train guard Ariful Islam Raju.

Ariful, suspended on November 12 over his absence from duty on intercity train Rangpur Express, in the post warned corrupt railway officials of retaliation and said he was not scared to lose his job.

He said he had always resisted corruption and extortion in the railway and that he would start extorting money from the corrupt in the department after resigning from his job.

Assistant Traffic Superintendent Sajjad said ever since Ariful joined the railway in 2004, he had been negligent in his duties and always boasted of his political influence.

Ariful is involved with Railway Sramik League and is president of Railway Guard Council’s Lalmonirhat division unit, he said, adding that over the last five years, Ariful was suspended seven times for absence at his workplace. 

Ariful told this correspondent that he made the post as he was a victim of discrimination and his suspension was unlawful. “I wasn’t present at my workplace on Rangpur Express intercity train on November 12 due to family issues.”

He also said he never tolerates corruption and he never entertained undue demands of the higher authorities. But if he suffers injustice, he would approach the Anti-Corruption Commission to disclose information relating to corruption by railway traffic officials.    

Snehasheesh Dasgupta, divisional traffic superintendent at Lalmonirhat Railway Division, said such threatening posts by a suspended staff member cannot be ignored and they took necessary measures for the security of employees working at the traffic department in Lalmonirhat town.

Higher authorities concerned have been informed of Ariful’s post and necessary action would be taken following departmental investigation. 

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