Friday, March 14, 2008

NGO Swindling: Tk 22 lakh seized from house in Natore

NGO Swindling
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered Tk 22 lakh in cash and ornaments worth Tk 70,000 from the house of an NGO director's relative in Bharatmaria village in Puthia, Rajshahi yesterday.

Meanwhile, NGO victims in Natore demanded arrest of the deputy commissioner and social welfare officials for "helping" the frauds in exchange of bribes.

Acting on a tip off, a Rab team raided the house of Aroz Mollah, 55, father-in-law of Joynal Sheikh, director of Probhati Grameen Unnayan Sangstha, and found Tk 14.5 lakh in a trunk.

Following Aroz's confession, the elite force dug out a polythene-sack full of money and gold ornaments worth Tk 70,000 at his cowshed, said Rab sources.

Probhati officials in recent NGO scam in Natore disappeared with around Tk 100 crore from 2.5 lakh members.

Several hundred NGO victims under the banner 'Protarok NGO Birodhi Sangram Committee' staged a demonstration at Natore Bar Bhaban auditorium yesterday demanding arrest of Natore Deputy Commissioner SM Ehsan Kabir in seven days.

They said in a news conference the DC and other government officials including the Sadar upazila nirbahi officer and some policemen patronised the fraud NGOs in exchange of huge bribes.

The victims also demanded arrest of the five suspended Social Welfare Office staffs in addition to the fraud NGO officials.

The agitators announced a seven-day ultimatum to meet their six-point demand and threatened to go on tougher movement including laying a seize, strike and hartal programmes.

Their other demands include a judicial probe into the entire NGO scam, compensation to the ignorant victims, and seizure of wealth and property of the fugitive NGO men to distribute among the cheated.

They also demanded one-year postponement of interest collection by different other NGOs from where they took loan to invest with the fraud NGOs.

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