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TIB expresses concern over hospital fire, attack on bank officials

  • Published at 10:50 pm May 30th, 2020
The logo of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)

The civil society body calls for strictly implementing zero tolerance policy 

The Bangladesh branch of Transparency International, a civil society organisation dedicated to fighting against corruption, has expressed their concern over the lack of accountability in recent times and demanded the government’s intervention.

Recently some lives were lost in a fire at a private hospital due to the negligence of the hospital authority and two people, who allegedly fired at two top bank officials, fled the country by an air ambulance. 

In a statement, TIB claimed the incidents occurred with the help of concerned authorities.

After it was reported that the option to whiten black money will be extended in the next budget, it is not unreasonable to suspect that unethical business practices are being patronized by the government, TIB said in the statement issued on Saturday.

Considering the national interest, the organization called for ensuring accountability in the business sector and strictly implementing the ‘zero tolerance policy’ declared by the prime minister.

The statement quoted TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman: “Several accusations were made against the hospital authorities over the recent fire. Some media outlets said combustible materials were used to build the isolation unit where the fire broke out and the fire extinguishers were expired.”

“The hospital authorities denied the accusations. Their lack of accountability is unacceptable,” he added.

“The committee which has been formed to investigate the matter have to ignore any outisede pressure and report objectively. If any proof of negligence is found, the families of people who died have to be compensated,” he commented.

Sikder Group Managing Director Ron Haque Sikder and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder – both accused of threatening to shoot and torture two top officials of Exim Bank over a loan – fled the country by a private air ambulance even amidst the ongoing travel restrictions.

Regarding this, Iftekharuzzaman said there is no chance of avoiding responsibility by saying there was no travel ban imposed on them.

“The way one concerned department is putting the blame on another, it has further strengthened the fear of illegal collusion,” he mentioned.

Reviewing the overall activities of the government, TIB feels that there are fears that the prime minister's declared position against corruption and ensuring accountability is only limited to remarks.

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