Thursday, March 6, 2008

Yet another NGO vanishes with Tk 2cr

Probe body arrives in Natore

A three-member probe committee from Social Welfare Directorate (SWD) in Dhaka arrived in Natore yesterday as another NGO disappeared from Mirjapur Diarpara in Naldanga with about Tk 2 crore.

Headed by Sailendranath Paik, SWD additional director, the committee will look for discrepancies in registering NGOs that sprang up in Natore and surrounding districts and engaged in swindling people.

Natore Social Welfare office registered 59 NGOs since January last year and most of them locked into illegal businesses, which the office also grossly ignored, said sources.

Three officials of unregistered NGO Ashar Alo fled from the head office in Mirjapur Diarpara in Natore with around Tk 2 crore collected from around 5,000 members through 58 branches.

About 100 people gathered in front of the head office with hopes of refunding.

They said director Rejaul Karim, Selim and Rejaul Amin fled during downpour in the night.

Meanwhile, another three-member committee formed by the district administration and headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Monoj Kanti Boral started investigation.

The committee, also comprising Mahbub Shahin, Sadar upazila nirbahi officer, and Ashraf Ali, assistant superintendent of police, visited Nasratpur in Naldanga and talked to locals.

The locals told them they kept faith on the NGOs as police used to visit the offices frequently and spent long time with the officials.

In another development, police yesterday arrested Biprobelgharia Union Parishad Chairman Mahua Parvin Lipi at Natore General Hospital as three cases were filed against her.

She is undergoing treatment in police custody as an angry mob assaulted her on Tuesday for her apparent role in helping four NGO men disappear.

Her supporters attacked a group of NGO men who were to return invested money in Teghorpara village. Ten people were hurt in the attack, three critically.

Three NGOs -- Adibashi Unnayan Sangstha, Grameen Unnayan Sangstha and Al Kaba -- have meanwhile started returning money to the members in Puthia, Rajshahi.

"They NGOs are returning about Tk 5 crore in the villages," said Sajjad Hossain Mukul, Shilmaria UP chairman.

In Nasratpur, over a thousand members are waiting in front of ransacked office of Probhati Grameen Unnayan Sangstha. Many of them are ashamed to return home empty-handed.

Rahima Khatun of Natore Sugar Mill broke down saying she had collected Tk 7 lakh from 212 members and is not going home for fear of attack.
 

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