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ACC grills 7 Petrobangla officials in Barapukuria coal scandal

  • Published at 02:01 pm August 16th, 2018
Barapukuria coal mine
File photo of a section of the Barapukuria coal mine in Dinajpur Collected

The anti-graft watchdog is set to question a total of 32 Petrobangla officials by the end of this month

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has quizzed seven senior officials of Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, better known as Petrobangla, in a case filed over a huge amount of coal missing from the Barapukuria mine in Dinajpur.

The disappearance of 142,000 tons of coal, worth around Tk230 crore, intended for the nearby power plant, was discovered on July 22.

ACC's Assistant Director (Public Relations), Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, said that the seven officials were quizzed as part of the ongoing investigation.

Rest of the Petrobangla officials will be asked to appear before the Commission on August 28, 29, and 30, he said.

The commission’s Deputy Director and Investigation Officer (IO) of the case, Samsul Alam, interrogated them on Thursday at the ACC headquarters in Dhaka’s Segunbaghicha.

The seven officials were Deputy General Manager (Maintenance and Contact Management) Md Nazmul Haque, Manager (Coal Handling Management) Md Shoaibur Rahman, Manager (Production Management) Md Sayed Masud, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Md Mahbub Hossain, Assistant Manager (Production Management) MD Moniruzzaman, Assistant Manager (Coal Handling Management) Md Mahbub Rashid, and Manager (Store) Md Didarul Kabir.

On August 13, the anti-graft watchdog issued a summons notice to 32 Petrobangla officials, who will be questioned from August 28 to 30 in connection with the above-mentioned case.

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

The Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant was shut down after the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the mine came to light.

The disappearance was discovered when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found there was no adequate coal reserve.

According to the official investigation, more than 142,000 tons of coal is missing.

A case was filed at Parbatipur police station on July 24 against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the ACC for investigation.