Sunday, March 9, 2008

Probe finds anomalies in NGO registration

Now Sylhet NGO vanishes with money from 500 depositors

The Social Welfare Directorate (SWD) yesterday stand-released two officials of Natore office as primary investigation revealed irregularities in registering fraud NGOs that disappeared with members' about Tk 500 crore.

Meanwhile, the tendency of disappearing with public money spreads elsewhere, as another NGO vanished, this time in Sylhet, with Tk 50 lakh from over 500 depositors, report UNB.

Sources said, Social Welfare Deputy Director Mir Bux has been transferred to Bhola and registration officer Ismail Hossain to Bandarban, reports our Roving Correspondent from Natore.

The steps were taken after the three-member SWD team from Dhaka probed discrepancies in Natore office in the last three days.

Headed by SWD Additional Director Sailendranath Paik, the team also comprises Deputy Director (HQ) Badiuzzaman and Assistant Director Nasir Uddin.

"Now they [two officials] are transferred, but punitive action might be taken against them and some others who are now working in other districts once the probe completes," said one of the team.

Meanwhile, an impending threat on law and order is being widely apprehended in Naldanga and neighbouring upazilas as victims attacked and torched two more houses yesterday.

A mob swooped on the house of Wabaidul Haque at Sonapatil looking for his relative Sentu, a staff of Freedom Unnayan Sangstha. Failed to find Sentu, they beat up Wabaidul and his wife Monwara Begum and ransacked their house.

Another group of cheated people stormed the house of Abdul Aziz at Sheikhpara where Freedom rented a branch office. They later torched the house.

People also held wife and 12-year-old son of Anarul of West Madhnagar on Friday night but released them yesterday when UP member Golam Joarder assured them of handing over Anarul.

Anarul, a surrendered member of Purba Banglar Communist Party, was Freedom's branch manager at East Madhnagar.


The NGO, Islamic Development Foundation (IDF) had earlier promised to return depositor's money with interest from its office in Gopalganj upazila headquarters on May 9 in presence of its high officials.   

But the depositors on Friday learned that IDF has vanished with the money and informed police.

The NGO started its activities in Gopalganj in February this year initially by providing 'loan'. It collected Tk 1,000 from each depositor for giving them Tk 10,000 and Tk 2,000 for giving Tk 20,000.

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