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8 more Petrobangla officials quizzed over missing Barapukuria coal

  • Published at 10:39 pm August 28th, 2018
File photo of the coal-powered Barapukuria thermal power plant in Dinajpur Dhaka Tribune

On July 22, it was discovered that more than 142,000 tons of coal worth around Tk230 crore had gone missing

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has interrogated eight officials of Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, better known as Petrobangla, in a case filed over the disappearance of a vast amount of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine in Dinajpur.

Deputy Director and Investigation Officer Shamsul Alam quizzed them at the ACC headquarters on Tuesday, said ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

The eight officials facing questioning were General Manager of Mine Operations Abu Taher Mohammad Nuruzzaman Choudhury; Deputy General Manager A K M Khaledul Islam; Deputy Manager, Maintenance and Operations, Morsheduzzaman; Deputy Manager, Production Management, Habibur Rahman; Deputy Manager, Mine Development, Zahidur Rahman; Deputy Manager, Ventilation Management, Sattyndranath Barman; Deputy General Manager, Mine Planning Operations, Jobayer Ali; and Manager of Security Syed Imam Hasan. 

On July 22, it was discovered that more than 142,000 tons of coal worth around Tk230 crore had gone missing. It was intended for the nearby power plant, according to the official investigation.

A case listing 19 officials was filed with Parbatipur Police Station on July 24. The case was later transferred to the ACC for investigation.

On August 13, the ACC served notice to 32 Petrobangla officials requiring them to appear at ACC headquarters on August 16, 28, 29 and 30.

On August 16, the seven Petrobangla officials interrogated were Deputy General Manager, Maintenance and Contact Management, 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 Mahbub Rashid; and Store Manager, Md Didarul Kabir.

Earlier, on August 1, the commission grilled Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) former Managing Director SM Nurul Aurangzeb, and General Manager of Surface Operations Saiful Islam Sarkar.

The Barapukuria power plant was shut down after the mysterious disappearance of a massive amount of coal from the mine came to light.