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DNCC suspects officials guilty of stealing fuel fund

Update : 03 Mar 2015, 06:31 PM

Authorities at the Dhaka North City Corporation suspect some of its officials for allegedly misappropriating fuel fund in December last year.

An internal investigation by revealed the abnormality in the bills submitted for fuel consumption of 18 vehicles in December, which prompted the relevant department to notify the DNCC high-ups, sources said.

“The in-charge of the vehicles billed the DNCC almost double the usual amount, which is very irregular. They embezzled more than Tk6 lakh this way,” a DNCC official told the Dhaka Tribune, seeking anonymity.

“This is not the first time that something like this has happened in this organisation. There is a group of DNCC officials who are involved in this,” he said.

Confirming the Dhaka Tribune of the matter yesterday, DNCC Chief Executive Officer BM Anamul Haque said: “We have been notified of the irregularities regarding the fuel bills of some vehicles, and a proper investigation will be conducted in this regard.”

On the other hand, the accused officials refuted the allegation, claiming that the increased fuel consumption was caused by the vehicles’ additional duties on the special days in December, such as Martyred Intellectuals Day on December 14 and Victory Day on December 16.

DNCC sources said of the 18 vehicles, nine were CNG-run and nine were diesel-run. The CNG-run vehicles consumed 15,045 cubic metres of gas in December, compared to 8,234 cubic metres in November, and the diesel-run vehicles consumed 20,890 litres of fuel in December, compared to 12,120 litres in November, according to the bill submitted to the authorities.

The Dhaka Tribune contacted Anwar Hossain Patwary, superintendent engineer at the DNCC and in-charge of one of the 18 vehicles, who claimed the excess amount of fuel was needed to do the additional jobs on the occasion of the national days.

His vehicle, a compactor, according to the bill, consumed 3,024 litres of fuel, compared to the average 2,000 litres per month. 

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