An Indian citizen has been administering Satkhira’s Kulia Union Parishad in Debhata upazila as a panel chairman in the absence of the incumbent chairman, locals say.
The accused panel chairman named Bikash Sarker has been governing the union since May this year owing to the absence of the elected chairman Imadul Islam, who allegedly resides in Kuwait along with his family.
Mosharaf Hossain, a former member of the same union, made the claim during a press conference at Satkhira Press Club on Tuesday.
He also claimed that Bikash is a criminal convicted of drug smuggling and he had no permanent residence in Bangladesh.
“His original name is Debashish Sarker and he became a member of Kulia union by concealing his identity.”
“Debashish’s father is Nirmal Chandra Sarker and his mother is Bhagabati Sarker. All of them are the voters of West Bengal’s Bhaduria Vidhan Sabha. Debashish’s voter number is 983,” said Mosharaf.
Mosharaf also said: “The incumbent chairman Imadul has long been living outside the country and the administrative work is being seriously hampered due to his absence.”
“He came to Bangladesh for a few days in May this year and selected Bikash as the panel chairman of the union.”
Mosharaf, during the conference, pointed out that no incumbent UP member can take leave for more than 90 days in a given year but the chairman in question had taken 111 days of leave only in the year 2016. The chairman was not present in three consecutive meetings of the union parishad.
“Imadul operates a garment factory over there in Kuwait and seldom visits Bangladesh. His absence is seriously affecting the law and order situation of the union.”
However, Bikash Sarker denied all the accusations brought against him. He said: “I am a citizen of Bangladesh by birth and an elected member of the union.”
He also said: “The incumbent chairman went on leave after taking permission from the divisional commissioner.”