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BCL bars Jubo League from submitting LGED tenders

Update : 06 Nov 2014, 08:30 PM

A clash ensued between activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League (JL) over the submission of a tender worth Tk 21.9 core at the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Barisal yesterday.

Ruhul Amin, executive engineer, LGED Barisal office said the tenders under eight packages for developing rural infrastructures in five upazilas of Barisal were floated on September 28 and yesterday was the last date for submission.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the Coastal Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project (CCRIP) with the Bangladesh Government is funding the project and tender formalities are done under an open tendering method (OTM) of the Public Procurement Rules (PPR), the LGED official added.

Witnesses said the BCL activists led by city unit president Jasimuddin and secretary Asim Dewan confined contractors to a room in the LGED building in the morning, pressing them for negotiations.

The city BCL activists were supporters of Abul Hasanat Abdullah, district AL president, lawmaker and parliamentary standing committee chairman over LGD affairs.  The others were mostly JL activists and supporters of local AL lawmaker Jebunnesa Afroj backed by Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu.

The JL activists, however, denied negotiating with BCL activists.

The BCL activists then beat up the JL activists, injured them and obstructed them from submitting the tender, and chased them away from the LGED office premises.

The law enforcers on duty at LGED office were nonchalant during the BCL attack, alleged injured JL activists Titu and Kabir.

A member of police told the Dhaka Tribune that were inactive as they were assigned only to protect the tender box, not to protect the bidding contractors.

Jasimuddin, city BCL president, denying any attack and baring any body from submitting tenders, claimed that they only tried to hold negotiations over the distribution of some tender work.

Ruhul Amin, executive engineer of Barisal LGED, said he received no allegation against any such obstruction.

He, however, acknowledged that he had called in the RAB and police after hearing noises outside his office. 

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