The suspects are accused of embezzling 47.85 tonnes of wheat in Satkhira and 15 tonnes of rice in Bogura
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed two cases against nine people in Satkhira and Bogura – including a warehouse officer of Local Supply Depots (LSD) and a union parishad member – over the embezzlement of 63 tonnes of rice and wheat.
Pranab Kumar Bhattacharyya, spokesperson of the ACC confirmed this to The Business Standard.
Nilkamal Paul, Deputy Assistant Director of ACC's Khulna integrated district office, filed a case against six persons for allegedly embezzling 47.85 tonnes of government wheat in Satkhira.
The accused are: Pabitra Kumar Sarker, member of Kaikhali Union parishad of Shyamnagar of Satkhira; Abdul Gaffar, owner of Monimukta Rice Mills; Mojahidul Islam Mukul, manager of Monimukta Rice Mills; plus businessmen Mohammod Ali Sapui, Abdul Mojid Gazi and Moniruzzaman Moni.
Additionally, Wahid Manzur, deputy assistant director of the Bogura Integrated District Office, filed another case against three people – including a warehouse officer of LSD in Bogura – over the embezzlement of 300 sacks of rice, weighing 15 tonnes.
Two other accused are the night guard of same entity Sadekukul Islam and Amzad Hossain of Dhunat upazila.
Law enforcement in Bogura earlier arrested the accused and they were later shown arrested in the ACC's case, the ACC said.
The anti-graft body has filed 17 cases since April. Twenty-two people – including six chairmen of Union Parsihads, seven UP members, two secretaries and five OMS dealers – have been sued in these cases over embezzlement of government rice. Eleven of the accused are now in jail.
Additionally, the ACC has filed a case against Jahangir Alam, former chairman of Beraid union under Badda police station in the capital, for amassing huge amounts of wealth illegally.
ACC Assistant Director Saidujjaman on Sunday filed the case with its Dhaka 1 integrated office after completing the investigation in this regard.
According to the FIR, Jahangir Alam amassed Tk117,983,444 crore illegally and concealed the information about more than Tk4 crore in his wealth statement submitted to the ACC.