The edible oil were to be sold at a higher price in the upcoming Ramadan
The Detective Branch (DB) of Rangpur Metropolitan Police (RpMP) raided a trader’s home in the city and seized 1,238 litres of stockpiled soya-bean oil from under his bed Wednesday night.
“A special team of the DB police seized the edible oil of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) and arrested the hoarders from Madhya Parbatipur area under Ward 17 in the metropolis Wednesday night,” a press release said Thursday.
As per the direction of Rangpur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Abdul Alim Mahmud, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (DB) of RpMP Uttam Prasad Pathak led the drive, seized the stockpiled soya-bean oil and arrested the hoarders.
Assistant Police Commissioner (DB) of RpMP Altaf Hossain, Police Inspectors ABM Feroz Wahid and Rajesh Kumar Chakraborty, Sub-inspectors Md. Nahid and Sadekul and police forces participated in the drive.
The arrested hoarders are: Md. Hanif Mian, 47, and Md. Lal Mian, 52, of Madhya Parbatipur area under Kotwali police station of RpMP in the metropolis.
“These two men were colluding with dealers of TCB items and hoarding up the edible oil in a bid to sell them at a higher price during the upcoming Ramadan,” said Additional Deputy Police commissioner Uttam Prasad.
We are also looking to find the errant dealers of TCB items in question and bring them to justice soon, he added.
The DB police filed a case in this connection against the arrested persons under the Special Power Act of 1974 and handed them over to Kotwali police station of RpMP today.
Kotwali police produced the arrested persons before a Rangpur court from where they were sent to the jail Thursday.
RpMP Commissioner Alim said police will continue conducting raids to stop hoarding and black-marketing of the daily essentials allocated by the government for sale at fair price among the low-income group and poor people amid COVID-19 situation.
“The DB police of RpMP also arrested two hoarders with stockpiled 6,480 litres of edible oil and a TCB dealer with stockpiled 3,107 litres of edible oil and 150 kg of sugar allocated for sale at fair price from the city in last four days,” he added.