The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday started a cleansing drive regarding stay of unauthorised personnel at its dormitory following allegations of sexual assault on an under-aged female weightlifter at the NSC Tower.
A Bangladesh Weightlifting Federation (BWF) office assistant named Shohag Ali allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old weightlifter at the 15th floor of the NSC Tower on September 13 with the help of an NSC staff and a weightlifter.
It has been learnt that some six to seven NSC employees are illegally staying on the third floor of the dormitory, where the BWF office is situated. Shohag used to stay there and he had allegedly built up good relation with the NSC staff who lodged there unauthorised.
The four-story building is being used as dormitory as well as headquarters of some federations and associations. The first and second floors are used as dormitory where athletes, organisers and District Sports Association (DSA) officials use the rooms paying a nominal fee. However, no record of entry and exit is maintained at the dormitory.
“We are looking as to who are staying at the dormitory and we will take action if we find any unauthorised people staying there,” NSC secretary Masud Karim said yesterday.
“The officials of DSA coming from outside the capital use the dormitory by paying stipulated fee. As far as I know, no outside person is allocated lodging at the dormitory,” Karim claimed.
Replying to a query, he said, “We may think of maintaining a register of entry-and-exit at the dormitory even though I think those who are staying there are responsible people. We will also try to implement recommendations of the probe committee formed to look into the sexual harassment.”
It has also been learnt that a few NSC staff are using the 15th floor of the NSC Tower where the incident happened. Denying the claim, Karim said that no one stays on the 15th floor which is used as a gymnasium.