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Corruption allegations against Bogra mayor

  • Published at 02:00 am November 21st, 2019
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The ward councillors of Talora Municipality in Bogra protest over the poor quality of repairing works of a road in Talora Rail Ghumti area under the municipality, on Sunday, November 17, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The municipality Councillors Emran Ali Ripu, Shabu Pramanik, Tanvir Ahmed, Sahinur Islam, Hashem Pramanik and Maruf Hasan say municipality unit Awami League President Amirul Islam Bokul, also municipality mayor, has taken over the repair work and is embezzling project money with his associates

Talora municipality ward councillors of Bogra brought allegations of funds misappropriation against the municipality mayor in a road development program of the Nagar Abakathama Unnayan Prakalpa (Pourashava Infrastructure Development Project).

The municipality Councillors Emran Ali Ripu, Shabu Pramanik, Tanvir Ahmed, Sahinur Islam, Hashem Pramanik and Maruf Hasan say municipality unit Awami League President Amirul Islam Bokul, also municipality mayor, has taken over the repair work and is embezzling project money with his associates.

Tajim Enterprise, a Shonatala contractor in Bogra, was hired in October to repair, develop, and finish by March next year, an approximately one kilometre stretch of road from the Talora Rail Ghumti area to the Rail bridge area . Initially, Tk62 lakh was allotted by the Local Government Engineering Department for repairing, broadening, and constructing drains for the road. 

Ward unit Awami League General Secretary Sabu Pramanik, who is also the councillor of Ward 4, said: "The mayor has plans to work with only Tk10 lakh, while he and his acquaintances will embezzle the rest."

Councillors say the mayor has been using his own people to supervise the work, and the poor quality of repairing and broadening the road is visible on the spot. 

Councillors also said they were never notified of any development work nor were any written  notices served to them. 

The councillors added that they have been ignored by the mayor at various events in the past, for which they have submitted written complaints to the Bogra deputy commissioner. On Sunday they protested on the   road under repair.

Sub-Assistant Engineer Mamunur Rashid of  Bogra municipality said: "I don't know about any misappropriation. I was never informed of the development work. Also, no signatures of mine were taken for the plan where the initial project cost and work schedule were included."

He added that these kinds of projects are designed and maintained by project designer AKM Rabiul Islam.

AKM Rabiul Islam said: "Engineer Mamunur Rashid was transferred to Bogra municipality. The work is under my supervision as he is unable to come to Talora. A local named Feroj Mahmud Shahin ‘bought’ the work and he is working as per schedule."

Feroz Mahmud Shahin, said: "There is no way of buying or selling a government project. Tajim Enterprise is managing the work. I only keep an eye out so there aren't any irregularities in the work."

Mayor Bokul, said: "The allegations of the councillors are false. The work for the project is progressing according to schedule. The cost may increase and in this case a revised bill will be made and sent to the ministry for approval."