Monday, October 6, 2008

Puja Mandap: 100 Ansar, VDP men protest irregularities in Rajshahi

Over 100 members of Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) staged a demonstration in Rajshahi yesterday protesting alleged irregularities in recruiting security men for Puja Mandaps in the city.

They alleged that the authorities cancelled their appointments at Puja Mandaps only a day before the Puja without any reasonable grounds and recruited people in exchange for bribes of Tk 50 to Tk 100.

The Ansar and VDP members came from Paba and Boalia upazila to join their duty but laid a siege to the district office when they learnt that their appointments were cancelled.

They said some 265 Ansar and VDP members were appointed on September 25 for 319 Puja Mandaps in the city.

The demonstrators, however, withdrew their agitation programme after senior officials assured them of assigning duty to them in future.

When contacted, Ansar VDP District Adjutant Hira Miah said he will look into the matter. "Action will be taken if anyone was found involved in such irregularities," he added.

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