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Saturday, August 1, 2015, Shraban 17, 1422 BS, Shawal 15, 1436 Hijr

BMP Bribe Scam
Probe seems to be put on the backburner
Delay in investigation raises rumour of hush up
Published :Saturday, 1 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 11

Ismail H Negaban  
BARISAL, July 31: No progress is being observed in the probe into the Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) bribe fund scam as it seems to have been put on the backburner.  
Moreover, no punitive measures have yet been taken against the cops who were involved in this scam although the BMP authorities have already reshuffled the probe committee on July 3 in the name of 'transparent investigation,' who were asked to file the final probe report within three working days of its formation.
The delay in filing the probe report now raised questions whether the crime was hushed up or not. On the other hand, BMP did not pay any heed to the recommendations made by the security cell of Police Headquarters in this regard, sources said.
A five-member committee with Abu Saleh Md Raihan, BMP Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), as the Chief, Shahnaz Parvin, Runa Laila, Asaduzzaman and Apu Sarwar, the Assistant Commissioners of BMP, as its members has been formed.  
This committee was asked to submit its report within next 3-working days from July 3 that was not submitted till writing of this report, said sources.
The previous Head of the probe committee Shoyeb Ahmed, BMP Commissioner, told the Daily Observer the reshuffle was made for the sake of an unbiased and transparent investigation and to punish each and every cop involved in the bribe scam.
Earlier, about Tk 17 lakh and two BRAC Bank cheques of Tk 25 lakh was found from Barisal DCP Zillur Rahman's bank account that was used as a bribe fund for promotion. Later, Home Ministry suspended the corrupt commissioner for breaking discipline, misconduct, corruption and damaging reputation of police.
Then BMP formed a three-member probe committee in this regard.
The committee failed to submit report even after police Headquarters had started investigation and media focused on the matter.
On condition anonymity a BMP official told this correspondent, "Bribe culture isn't anything new here. The earlier high-ups took Tk 5 to10 thousand per head from their subordinates for enlisting their names in the promotion list and moving their files. It is an open secret.
"The issue got sensitise as it was leaked publicly and the agitated promotion aspirants informed the Headquarters while the amount of bribe money was so high."

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