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ACC to quiz eight Petrobangla officials over missing coal

  • Published at 10:24 pm August 27th, 2018
Barapukuria coal mine
File photo of a section of the Barapukuria coal mine in Dinajpur Collected

Barapukuria Power Plant had to be shut down following the disappearance of a huge volume of coal last month

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will question eight Petrobangla officials today in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from the Barapukuria mine in July.

The suspected heist came to light on July 22, when a team from the Power Development Board visited the Barapukuria Coal Mine and found no adequate reserve of coal in the facility’s yard.

An official investigation revealed a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal, which caused the Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant to be shut down. 

A case filed with Parbatipur Police Station on July 24 listed 19 officials, before it was later transferred to the ACC for investigation.

UNB reports that on August 13, the ACC named a total of 32 officials of the state-owned energy provider Petrobangla who were to be called before the commission for questioning. 

In the first phase on August 16, the ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam quizzed seven Petrobangla officials in his capacity as the case investigation officer. 

Eight more will be grilled today, with the remaining 17 officials brought before the investigators on August 29 and 30.

The Petrobangla officials facing questions on Tuesday are: General Manager of Mine Operations Abu Taher Mohammad Nuruzzaman Choudhury and his deputy, A K M Khaledul Islam; Deputy Manager, Maintenance and Operations, Morsheduzzaman; Deputy Manager of Production Management, Habibur Rahman; Deputy Manager of Mine Development, Zahedur Rahman; Deputy Manager, Ventilation Management, Sattyndranath Barman; Deputy General Manager, Mine Planning Operations, Jobayer Ali; and Manager of Security, Syed Imam Hasan.

The officials who faced the interrogation earlier were: Deputy General Manager Nazmul Haque; Manager, Coal Handling Management, Shoyebur Rahman; Manager, Production Management, Syed Masud; Deputy Manager, Maintenance and Operations, Mahbub Hossain; Assistant Manager, Production Management, Moniruzzaman; Assistant Manager, Coal Handling Management, Md Mahbud Rashid; and Store Manager, Md Didarul Kabir.