Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) here yesterday sued Rajshahi City
Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu and six other officials
for embezzling government corrugated iron (CI) sheets and rice while
an individual lodged Tk 1 lakh extortion case with a Rajshahi court
against 27 persons including former post and tele-communication
minister Barrister Aminul Haque.
ACC, Rajshahi regional deputy director Abdul Karim filed the case
against seven people including Minu with Boalia police station for
embezzlement of government CI sheets and rice misusing power under
section 409/109 of Penal Code and Section 5(2) of Anti-Corruption Act.
Six other accused RCC officials are the mayor's private secretary
(acting) Manjur Rahman John, Research Officer M Mahbubur Rahman,
inspectors -- Achinta Kumar Bhaduri, Ruhul Amin Raju and mayor's
private assistants -- Nurul Islam Mamun and Saifuddin Bachchu.
The plaintiff alleged that the accused persons allied with each other
collected some 540 bundles of CI sheets and 195 metric tons of rice
worth around Tk 58 lakh during a span of 2001 to 2006 from the
government relief fund and deputy commissioner's office. But, they
kept the relief goods at the Mayor's house without depositing those
with RCC's store.
The extortion case was lodged with the court of chief judicial
magistrate in Rajshahi by Shafikul Islam of Nayansura village of Sadar
upazila in Chapainawabganj against Barrister Aminul Haque and 26
The court judge Abu Saleh Sheikh M Jahirul Haque ordered
officer-in-charge of Godagari police station to investigate into the
matter and take legal action.
Other accused in the case are -- Godagari municipal BNP president
Rafik Biswas, Enayet Karim, Selim, Abdul Matin, Moti, Abdur Rahman,
Ashraful, Farid, Sohel, Abul Hossain, Alam, Masud, Alfaj, Saifuddin,
Kalu Master, Swapan, Nur Mohammad, Jabbar, Enamul, Quayum, Swapan-2,
Selim-2, Mamun, Liakat, Tasim and Mizanur Rahman.
Shafikul Islam alleged that the accused persons directed by the former
minister demanded Tk 1 lakh toll from him for cultivating his own land
in Tetulia village of Godagari upazila.
On November 26, 2004 when the plaintiff went to the village for
bringing his share of crops, the accused persons again demanded the
At his denial, they on gunpoint took away 100 sacks loaded with 200
maunds of paddy worth about Tk 1 lakh from houses of his
Minu is now, however, suffering 13 years of jail in an extortion case
as well as facing trial in several cases including that of tax dodging
while Aminul, wanted in several cases including two three for
patronising militancy is absconding.