Barapukuria coal disappears: ACC interrogates Aurangzeb


Md. Ashraful Islam: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is questioning the former managing director of Barapukuria Coal Mine SM Nurul Aurangzeb in a case of embezzlement of around Rs 200 crore by selling coal.

Investigation officer and deputy director of the ACC. ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said that Shamsul Alam was interrogating him at the ACC head office from 9:30 am on Wednesday.

Nurul Aurangzeb is now working as the MD of Madhyapara Granite Mining Company.

Barapukuria Coal Mine Manager (Administration) Mohammad Anisur Rahman filed a case against 19 accused in the case of the disappearance of 145,000 tonnes of coal at midnight on July 26. The case was later handed over to the ACC.

The case alleges misappropriation of Tk 230 crore by selling 1,44,844 metric tonnes of coal in the open market through abuse of power, fraud, various irregularities, and corruption.

According to the petition, the managing director of the mine, engineer Habib Uddin Ahmed, company secretary, and general manager (administration) Abul Kashem Pradhania, general manager (mine operations) Nur-uz-Zaman Chowdhury, and deputy general manager (store) AKM Khaledul Islam are involved in the management of the mine. Involved in coal theft.

The others who have been accused are all officers at the level of manager, deputy manager, and assistant manager.

Following this, the ACC issued a letter banning 21 officials of Petrobangla, including 19 accused in the case, from leaving the country.

The 19 accused and the banned officials are – General Manager (Mine Operations) Abu Taher. Nuruzzam Chowdhury, Deputy General Manager Khaledul Islam, Managing Director Habib Uddin Ahmed, General Manager (General Services) Masudur Rahman Hawlader, Manager (Production Management) Ashok Kumar Hawlader, Manager (Maintenance & Operations) Arifen Rahman, Zahidul Islam, Deputy Manager (Safety Management) Akramul Haque, Deputy Manager (Coal Handling & Management) Khalilur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Maintenance & Operations) Morsheduzzaman, Deputy Manager (Production Management) Hub Development) Zahidur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Ventilation Management) Satyen Nath Barman, Manager (Security) Syed Imam Hasan, Deputy General Manager (Mine Planning Operations) Jobayer Ali, Former General Manager (Finance) Abdul Mannan Patwab (Exploration), Company Secretary Abul Kashem Pradhania and Mosharraf Hossain.


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