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ACC identifies 10 Ctg EC staff

Published : Friday, 20 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 719
Nurul Amin

CHATTOGRAM Sept 19: Chattogram Anti-corruption Commission team sent a report to the head office of ACC on Thursday on the irregularities in providing NID and smart cards to Rohingyas.
Talking to the Daily Observer, Muhammad Sharifuddin, Deputy Assistant Director of Chattogram ACC office said they had submitted several recommendations in the report.
He also confirmed that the ACC enforcement team had identified two influential syndicates working behind issuing of birth certificates, nationality certificate and etc.
Besides, Sharifuddin told the Daily Observer they had identified at least ten officials and the employees of the Chattogram Election Office.
He further said they had recommended bringing all the officers, employees of EC, mayor, councilors, union parishad chairmen and the members of law enforcement agencies concerned to book.
The report further recommended bringing the persons under the jurisdiction of law who had earned illegal properties through such unlawful practices of issuance of passport to the foreign citizens.
The ACC team also identified that several public properties like, lap-top, camera and other related polls instruments had been missing since 2014 last. But the EC office concerned did not file any case in this regard. They even didn't inform the matter to the ACC office.
Moreover, strangely enough, the team found that the lap-top missing in 2014 had issued passport to the Rohingyas in 2016 last.
Besides, they had identified involvements of three travel agencies, passport officers and several people's representatives including mayor, councilors, UP chairmen etc in the process.
The team also seized 150 passport applications from the passport office filed by the Rohnigyas.Meanwhile, the Chattogram Court on Wednesday granted remand of three detained accused for their alleged involvement in providing NID and smart cards to Rohingyas.
Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Mehnaz Rahman granted three days remand for Joynal Abedin, office secretary of the local election office at Doublemooring and one-day remand for Bijoy Das and Sheema.
Those three accused were arrested in a case filed by Pallabi Chakma, election officer of Double Mooring Thana, with Kotwali Police Station under the Digital Security Act and the Election Commission Act.

Meanwhile, on Monday, police arrested three people, including the election official from the election office. They are Joynal Abedin, 35, office assistant of Double Moorning election office, Bijoy Das, 26, a driver by profession and Sheema Das alias Sumaiya Akter, 24, an employee of Chattogram General Hospital.
The EC initiated a probe after the media reported that many Rohingya refugees living in Cox's Bazar managed to secure NIDs and passports.

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