Monday, October 19, 2009

12 RCC councillors including 7 from BNP join AL

Monday, October 19, 2009

Twelve councillors of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC), including seven from the BNP, have joined the ruling Awami League with a pledge to 'accelerate development of the city'.

With their joining the AL on Saturday night, now 22 of the total 30 councillors of the RCC belong to the ruling party.

The councillors include panel mayor Shariful Islam Babu, once a member of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), and four women councillors -- Farzana Haque, Sufia Islam, Kohinur Chowdhury and Anwara Begum.

Seven others Meraj Uddin, Siraj Uddin Ahmed Manik, Abul Hasnat, Nizam-ul Azim, Zahangir Alam Alamgir, Akbar Hossain and Zaher Hossain Suja had been adherents of BNP.

Earlier on October 12, RCC councillor Rabiul Islam Toju joined the AL along with over a hundred of his followers.

Rajshahi mayor and AL leader AHM Khairuzzaman Liton greeted them at a function held at Bhubon Mohon Park in the city where the councillors presented floral wreathes to him.

"The councillors joined the Awami League being inspired by the ideals of father of the nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman and this would strengthen the government's hand for development," Liton told the meeting.

"I had no intention to join politics again. Now, I think joining politics of the ruling party will help the development activities," Shariful Islam Babu, who had remained inactive in politics for some time, told this correspondent.

"We want to strengthen the pro-liberation force," said another councillor.

"Councillors who do not belong to the ruling party face many problems. We have joined Awami League so that we can function smoothly as well as play roles in development," said another councillor preferring anonymity.

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BBC-Bangladesh Sanglap: Allow ACC to act independently

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The government should allow the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to act independently, speakers at the BBC-Bangladesh Sanglap programme yesterday.

The ACC should also act without fear or favour to protect the country's economy and prevent social discrimination, they said.

Rajshahi Mayor and Awami League leader AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Organising Secretary of BNP Mizanur Rahman Minu, Rajshahi University teacher Moloy Bhoumik and Roksana Ferdousi, senior project officer of Barendra Unnayan Forum, were the panellists in the Sanglap held at Rajshahi Medical College auditorium in the city.

Replying to a question why the ACC became inactive during the rule of a political government, Moloy Bhoumik said, "Making ACC inactive is part of our political culture where only a few are free from corruption. Solving the problem is not possible without raising a massive awareness about corruption."

Mizanur Rahman Minu said ACC has lost its credibility for its controversial role after the 1/11 political change.

He underscored the need to ensure smooth functioning of the ACC.

Mayor Liton said the present government has no intention to make ACC inactive.

He also observed many past activities of ACC should be investigated properly.

Replying to another question why many lawmakers are not interested to join parliament session, Minu said more businessmen and bureaucrats were elected than politicians in the last general election. "Parliament does not attract businessmen."

Liton said that not joining parliament session is tantamount to cheating the electorates.

The speakers observed that the prime minister and the opposition leader should work together for the development of the country.

They also called for steps to promote agro-based industries in Rajshahi region for the economic development.

Mithila Farzana of BBC Bangla Service moderated the programme.

The programme will be aired on BBC at 9:00pm today and on Channel i at 8:00pm tomorrow.

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A purchase shrouded in question

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A ruling Awami League lawmaker, whose annual income was around Tk 1 lakh before the election less than 10 months ago, has bought a luxury minivan for Tk 22 lakh.

M Meraj Uddin Mollah, MP from Rajshahi-3 (Paba-Mohonpur) constituency, splashed out on a Toyota Noah at a showroom in Chittagong on September 29.

The next day, he spent around Tk 60,000 more to register the multi-purpose vehicle with Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Rajshahi, say registration documents obtained by The Daily Star.

In an affidavit attached to his nomination papers for the December 29 general election, Meraj claimed he is a farmer by profession and that his income from farming is around Tk 75,000 a year.

An additional Tk 36,000 earned from house rents adds up to Tk 1.11 lakh a year.

According to the affidavit, Meraj owns movable and immovable property worth Tk 6.21 lakh. Those include 28 bighas of land valued at Tk 4.06 lakh.

Talking to The Daily Star, Meraj Mollah claimed a businessman by the name of Subhash Kumar Mondal had given him Tk 15 lakh to buy the vehicle.

"The rest of the amount came from some other persons," he said without disclosing the donors' identity.

"Subhash was a baby boy when Razakars (collaborators) killed his father during the Liberation War. It was I who brought him up. Now that he's a rich man by the grace of almighty Allah, he has given me the money I needed to buy the car," he added.

Contacted by The Daily Star yesterday, Subhash, a Chapainawabganj-based businessman, first said he had lent the money to the MP.

But when this correspondent told him about the MP's claim that he had given him (Meraj) the amount for good, Subhash immediately corrected himself: "Whatever the MP says is the case."

Besides buying the fancy minivan, the lawmaker had his three-storey house renovated and re-fitted at a cost of over Tk 10 lakh, said locals.

He however claims he has spent Tk 5 lakh to give his Nawhata house a makeover.

"I'm keeping a record of all the money I have received from others. I can show the list if taxmen or anyone else want," he said.

Replying to a query, Meraj said, "Why should I need to borrow money? People willingly gave me around Tk 40 lakh before the election.

"I don't squeeze a penny out of anyone and neither do I borrow. They give me money out of love for me."

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7 JMB men on fresh remand

The seven arrested members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were taken on a fresh five-day remand last afternoon.

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate BM Tariqul Kabir granted the five-day remand after police had produced the militants before the court with remand prayers for eight days, said Sub-Inspector M Hafizur Rahman, investigation officer (IO) of the case.

Police identified the arrestees as JMB Rajshahi division chief Ashraf alias Haider, 32, Naogaon district chief Abdur Rahim, 30, and Natore district chief Shahabuddin, 35, and JMB ehsar (full-time) members Md Momtaz, 20, Asadul Islam, 30, Rohidul, 35, and Isarul Islam, 22.

On October 10, the militants were taken on a seven-day remand that ended yesterday. A team of Special Branch of police arrested them from four greater Rajshahi districts.

Senior police officials said, the seven militants during interrogation on remand denied their involvement in JMB activities.

Rather they confessed to being the followers of militant kingpin and Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh Chief Asadullah Al Galib, the sources added.

Many of Galib's foreign connections eventually turn into sources of funding for JMB pointing finger at the Ahle Hadith chief's patronisation of the JMB underground, said the investigation sources.

During the seven-day remand in police custody, the militants lived a camp life. As six of them go to sleep, another keeps watch on others, fans them or protects them from mosquito bites. They say their prayers and take meals together.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Hunger situation likely to worsen for climate change

Friday, October 16, 2009

Speakers at a discussion in Rajshahi on Wednesday said though hunger situation has improved in the country, it might worsen again due to climate change impacts.

The hunger situation has improved because of the overall socio-economic development, but the growth might be hampered due to increasing climatic change, they noted.

They said the impacts of recurring storms, cyclones, draught and lack of rainfall during monsoon and excessive rain in other seasons might affect the agriculture and economy and, thus, mar the food security status.

The speakers called for using appropriate technologies that promise to help reduce the impacts of climate change and foster introduction of new energy-efficient technologies and services.

Rajshahi chapter of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) organised the discussion styled 'Tackling climate change through standards' on the occasion of World Standards Day at Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI) auditorium.

Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton was present at the programme as the chief guest with Sayed Ali Nasim Khaliluzzaman, Rajshahi divisional additional commissioner (general) in the chair.

Mayor Liton stressed the need for developing standards of those things that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances.

"Technical standards are now found to be a means of mitigating climate change. We have to prepare for adopting new technologies that offer us the potential to reduce the impacts of climate change."

Dr Rakib Ahmed, director of Environmental Science Institute at Rajshahi University, Dr Golam Sabbir Sattar Tapu of Geology and Mining department, Afrauzzaman Khan Chowdhury of Finance and Banking department, Board of Investment (BOI) Director Abdul Hakim, medical officer of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital Dr Monirul Haque, RCCI Director Kabirur Rahman Khan and BSTI Deputy Director Khademul Islam also spoke.

The speakers said increasing human activities and huge greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to the rise in the earth's average temperature which has a bad impact on climate change.

Dramatic climate change would have enormous developmental, economic, social and environmental stresses on the developing countries, they said, adding that 11 percent population of the country are likely to suffer as some 18 percent areas of the country would submerge over the change.

They further said some 100 crore people across the globe would turn into climate change refugees by 2050.

The speakers called on the government to strictly enforce the standards laws.

They raised allegations against a number of Rajshahi chapter BSTI officials, saying that BSTI fined a restaurant for not maintaining hygiene but the next day they ordered 250 packets of launch for a function recently.

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BB mounts multi-layer watch on farm loans

Friday, October 16, 2009

The central bank has put in place a three-tier monitoring system to ensure a proper distribution of Tk 12,000 crore in farm loans across the county.

"Apart from BB's monitoring, the respective banks will also monitor their own distribution," said Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman at a discussion meeting with reporters at the central bank's Rajshahi office yesterday.

"We are also training 80 new officials. With the completion of their training, the officials will spread across the country and monitor the distribution for 15 days," Rahman said.

BB has asked all banks to record the mobile numbers of farmers who will be given loans so that the monitoring staff can contact them easily about loan distribution.

Rahman said the latest policy has set the target for agricultural loans 25 percent higher at Tk 12,000 crore.

"It's a big jump and it includes Tk 500 crore for distribution among sharecroppers. So, we are keen to ensure proper distribution."

The central bank chief observed that it is not possible to drive economic growth without boosting agriculture.

"If agro-based industries and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) flourish, Rajshahi region will a big driving force for the economy," Rahman said.

"Lack of gas and power is hindering the growth of industries in Rajshahi, but the region has fertile lands where lies the potential for agro-based industries."

"If the banks agree to provide loans to silk-based SMEs, the central bank will provide funds at a 5 percent interest rate," Rahman said.

"Based on the agriculture and remittance, we are now proud of a reserve of over $9 billion, and the reserve is likely to reach $10 billion at any time now."

He described the role of banks and said Bangladesh like four other countries are surviving recession because of the stability of banks.

Sardar M Shahjahan, BB Rajshahi branch general manager, and DGM AFM Asaduzzaman were among others who were present with the governor.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Construction of Skyscraper: MP violates RPO, manages deal

Thursday, October 15, 2009

As managing director of Ena Properties, Awami League lawmaker M Enamul Haque yesterday singed an agreement with the Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) for construction of a 16-storey building in the city, ignoring the electoral laws.

The Representation of the People Order (RPO) does not allow the ruling party lawmaker and his developer firm to have the contract for construction of the City Centre.

According to the RPO, a lawmaker may be disqualified from remaining an MP if he ignores the RPO provision that bars him from being engaged with any work for the supply of goods to, or for the execution of any contract or the performance of any services undertaken by government.

But neither the ruling party lawmaker nor the RCC bothered about the RPO to sign the agreement for the construction.

Under the deal, the MP's real estate company will fund and construct the City Centre on 24 kathas of the RCC land spending around Tk 40 crore raising total space of the building to 12,220 square metres in three years.

The City Centre will be built after demolishing the old City Bhaban in the city.

When contacted Enamul Haque told The Daily Star that he was fully aware of the RPO Clause 12(1) (K) and there is no problem in signing the contract.

"We read it (RPO) and also consulted with senior lawyers in Dhaka. We found that the RPO does not affect the deal in anyway."

"The rule was for considering eligibility of participating in the election, not for barring MPs from doing business," Enamul, also chief executive officer of Ena Properties, said.

Citing the RPO provision, eminent jurist Shahdeen Malik yesterday told The Daily Star that a developer firm owned by a lawmaker can not have the work for the construction of the City Centre.

The RPO provision says a person shall be disqualified for election as or for being a member of parliament if he whether by himself or by any person or body of persons in trust for him or for his benefit or on his account or as a member of a Hindu undivided family, has any share or interest in a contract, not been a contract between a co-operative society and government, for the supply of goods to, or for the execution of any contract or the performance of any services undertaken by government.

MP from Rajshahi-4 (Bagmara) constituency Enamul Haque signed the deal with RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzman Liton at a function at the old City Bhaban with RCC Secretary KM Abdus Salam in the chair.

After the signing, Mayor Liton and MP Enamul jointly laid foundation of the City Centre.

In a general meeting in September, the RCC announced that Ena Properties won the City Centre work under the Private Public Partnership (PPP) projects through a tender process.

However, no other real estate companies participated in the bidding process. This made the way for the Ena Properties that had been planning the City Centre and circulating a three-dimensional video of the proposed building since November 2008. Finally, ministries concerned approved the tender process.

Ena Properties will preserve 74.75 percent share of the building as it won the works offering 25.25 percent share to the RCC.

In first phase, the 16-storey building will be set up to house a shopping mall covering several floors, a cinema hall on one floor, a restaurant, a gymnasium and different corporate offices. A replica of the old City Bhaban will be decorated in the new building to preserve its heritage.

The development and renovation of the banks of Sona Dighi adjacent to the City Centre, construction of walkways, three-storey mosque replacing the existing two-storey mosque, and constructing of an information technology library, a MP theatre around the pond and rehabilitation of existing shops around the pond will be implemented under the second phase.

In the third phase, the Survey Institute building at north-western corner of the City Centre will be shifted to other place and a park will be constructed at the place.

Talking to The Daily Star, RCC Chief Engineer Sirajum Munir said the second and third phases are allocated for doing the additional works. "If these works are considered, the share of the city corporation stands at 34.50 percent from 25.25 percent proposed by Ena Properties in the bid."

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Rajshahi Medical College Hospital: Patients get less than half of prescribed fish with meal

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Patients at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) are served less than half of the prescribed quantity of fish with meal.

The staggering information was revealed as a mobile court conducted a drive at the hospital canteen on Tuesday night.

Raiding the kitchen at dinner time, the mobile court found each piece of fish, ready for serving the patients, weighed around 30 gram whereas a patient is entitled to get 80-gram fish as per official order.

Executive Magistrate Zahid Hossain Siddik, who led the drive, fined Abdul Mannan, a supervisor of the kitchen, Tk 10,000 for supplying lower amount of fish dishes to the patients.

The drive was conducted under the joint initiative of the district administration, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) and Consumers Association of Bangladesh.

Supply of low quality meal has become a usual matter and the food often stinks, RMCH patients told the court.

A deputy director of RMCH, who accompanied the mobile court during the drive, however declined to take responsibility for supply of lower amount of fish, saying, "The kitchen authority has been given the task to ensure supply of required quantity of fish to the patients."

Kitchen supervisor Abdul Mannan said the fish lost weight when it was cooked while the court observed that it was the kitchen authority's responsibility to supply '80-gram cooked fish' to each of the patients.

The mobile court also fined the management of the doctors' canteen Tk 5000 for working in an unhygienic and substandard condition.

The court observed that condition of the doctors' canteen inside the hospital was worse than that of many roadside restaurants.

The mobile court also fined Shamim Sweets Tk 20,000 for selling substandard sweets, and Nabarup Mistanno Bhandar Tk 10,000 for selling sweets that were polluted by flies.

The court also fined Habnab Chinese Restaurant Tk 5000 and Shamim Canteen Tk 5000 for not maintaining hygiene.

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Police round up 7 JMB men

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A team of Special Branch (SB) of police arrested seven members of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from four districts of Rajshahi division over the last couple of days.

All the arrestees were paraded before the media at Rajshahi Metropolitan Police headquarters yesterday morning. However, journalists were not allowed to talk to the arrested militants.

Police identified the arrestees as JMB Rajshahi division chief Ashraf alias Haider, 32, JMB ehsar (full-time) members Md Momtaz, 20, Asadul Islam, 30, Rohidul, 35, and Isarul Islam, 22 and Naogaon district chief Abdur Rahim, 30, and Natore district chief Sahabuddin, 35.

Ashraf was arrested from Malda Colony in Rajshahi city on Wednesday night and following his statement police arrested JMB ehsar members Asadul Islam and Isarul from Chapainawabganj the next day.

The SB team arrested Abdur Rahim and Momtaz from Atrai upazila.

The same day Shahabuddin and Rohidul were rounded up from Boraigram upazila of Natore.

The arrestees were handed over to Boalia Police Station, Officer-in-charge of the police station said.

"Our operations against the JMB will continue and we are now trying to nab all the district level commanders of the outfit," said Additional Superintendent of Police Zannatul Hasan.

Hailed from Chapainawabganj, Ashraf has two wives. His first wife is JMB's woman wing commander.

Terming Ashraf a hardened militant, a police official said, as he was being taken to the Boalia Police Station from Rajshahi Metropolitan Police headquarters, Ashraf told him, "I will be in your place on the judgement day when I will order you and you have to follow."

The police also recovered a number of books on jihad, eight mobile phone sets, computers and CDs from their possession.

Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh Chief Asadullah Al Galib, international terror-suspect Abdur Razzak Bin Yousuf, Jamaat-e Islami founder Sayed Abul Ala Moududi, Jamaat's Assistant Secretary General Mujibor Rahman and Hizb-ut Tawhid Chief Bayazid Khan Ponny were the writers of some of the books recovered.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fingers crossed for fertliser

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fertiliser distribution in the northern region is being delayed by at least two weeks as the government move to recruit retailers at grassroots level has been largely marred by alleged politicisation of the process and various irregularities.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said the distribution could not be started on October 1 as scheduled earlier.

The last date for completing recruitment of 10,629 retailers under 1,600 fertiliser dealers appointed by Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) in 85 municipalities and 1096 unions in 16 northern districts expired on September 30.

The sources said distribution of fertiliser is unlikely to begin before the third week of this month. This would adversely affect production of Rabi crops in the coming season, farmers fear.

Braja Hari Das, DAE deputy director at Rajshahi, said the government adopted the new policy of distributing fertiliser at grassroots level by appointing retailers in every municipality and union.

Unusually large number of applicants against a limited number of retailers required is creating problems in many areas. In Rajshahi alone, 20,000 have applied while 774 retailers are to be recruited, he said.

The DAE official however declined to comment on allegations that the delay is being caused by politicisation of recruitment process and irregularities.

Sources said ruling Awami League (AL) men's interference in recruitment, difference of opinion among lawmakers, chairmen of upazila and union parishads over selection of retailers and protests by disgruntled fertiliser traders are delaying the whole process.

Of the 89 BCIC-appointed dealers in Rajshahi, each so far used to distribute fertiliser through two to three sales agents in each union. But this year the government took the initiative to recruit nine retailers in each union and municipality to ensure that farmers get easy access to fertiliser.

Union level committee, which is entrusted with the task of recruiting retailers, includes four members selected by the lawmaker concerned. And at places things get more complicated due to pressure from the ruling party men and alleged bribery.

Sources said the four 'politically selected' members are influencing the selection committee. Allegations of taking bribes ranging from Tk 20,000 to Tk 50,000 from each intending retailer have also been raised against them.

Some traders who have been in fertiliser business for long complained to Godagari upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) that all the nine recommended retailers in Mohonpur union of the upazila belong to AL.

Contacted, UNO Julia Moyeen said the allegation would be looked into at the upazila level meeting on the selection.

Enamul Haque, a fertiliser trader for 16 years in Tanore upazila, feared that he would not be recruited as retailer this year as many non-trader AL adherents recently procured trade licence following assurance that they would be selected as retailers.

Uzzal Hossain, Matikata union AL joint secretary, alleged that Masaul Islam, president of the union AL, had sought Tk 20,000 from him for his selection as a retailer. "But I managed it on political consideration," he said.

In Bagha upazila, two groups led by Nohu Sarker, upazila Sainik League president, and Babul Islam, upazila Jubo League president, clashed twice on October 3 over selection of retailers in Bajubagha union.

Golam Rabbani, Tanore upazila AL president, rejected the allegations that local AL leaders were collecting Tk 20,000 from every selected retailer for setting up AL office in each union.

"Now, fertiliser traders belonging to our party will be recruited as retailers since they were deprived during BNP-Jamaat rule," he explained.

Wahab Hossain, Tanore municipality Jubo League president, has been selected as a retailer. Eight others selected as retailers in the municipality are also AL men.

Six out of nine selected retailers in Mougachhi union of Mohonpur upazila have no experience in fertiliser trade, locals said.

One of them, Moslem Uddin Mollah, is a potato grower. And he collected a trade licence recently.

Asked about this, he said the local authorities and even the lawmaker recommended him. He is an activist of Jatiya Party, a component of the AL-led ruling coalition.

Contacted, local AL lawmaker Meraj Uddin Mollah however denied any political influence in selecting fertiliser retailers.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ahab chief Galib still engaged in spreading militancy: Allege Jamaat-e Ahle Hadith leaders

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Freed on bail, Asadullah Al Galib, chief of the militant outfit Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab), is still engaged in spreading militancy and spending money from unknown sources.

The Ahab men, mostly divided, with no visible sources of income, are providing monthly salaries to some madrasa teachers for organisational activities.

This was alleged by leaders of Jamaat-e Ahle Hadith (Jah), an Ahab splinter group and the authorities of Al Markajul Islami As-Salafi Madrassa, in a joint press conference in the city yesterday.

The press conference was addressed by Rejaul Karim, secretary general of Jah and a teacher of Bogra Azizul Haque College, and Abdus Samad Salafi, superintendent and principal of the madrasa.

Galib was arrested in February 2005 as many arrested JMB militants named him as their spiritual leader, and he was implicated in nine cases.

However, Galib was bailed out from jail in September 2008.

Abdus Samad Salafi alleged that Galib and some of his loyal teachers have been sheltering outsiders, mostly university and college students at the dormitories of Al Markajul Islami As-Salafi at Nawdapara in Rajshahi city.

The pro-Ahab teachers led by Abdur Razzak Bin Yousuf often hold meetings with the outsiders at the madrasa mosque at midnight.

Although the madrasa is an institute under a NGO named Tawhid Trust and approved by Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board, Galib has been carrying out illegal activities of Ahab from the madrasa.

Several other Ahab groups including Ahle Hadith Jubo Sangha, whose members were involved with the banned Jamaa'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and Sonamoni are also functioning from the same campus.

Ahab is also publishing a monthly magazine named At Tahreek from the madrasa, although its printer's line claimed its address as Hadith Foundation at Kajla area.

Rejaul Karim said when he was at Ahab, Galib had introduced him to JMB's executed chief Shayakh Abdur Rahman in 2002.

"Rahman sought my help for launching an armed struggle to stage an Islamic revolution in the country, but I refused terming it a stupid idea." he claimed.

"Later I left the organisation following Galib's militant connections and financial anomalies," he said, adding, "For playing a role against Galib, the JMB militants threatened me many times."

Rejaul said with the help of Galib, the JMB men used the facilities of some 1000 mosques across the country with the support of Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), a Kuwait-based organisation that has been already expelled from the country for funding militancy through Ahab.

Galib founded Tawhid Trust, but he was expelled from it for embezzling its fund of Tk 5 crore provided by Kuwait Embassy and RIHS.

Also known as Jomiatul Ehya-ut Turaj, the RIHS built the Nawdapara madrasa and a clinic at the madrasa compound that Galib is now forcibly using as his residence.

Galib was not available for comment.

His spokesman and Editor of At Tahreek Dr Sakhawat Hossain however refuted the allegations.

Replying to a question, Sakhawat claimed that Ahab is functioning from the madrasa following a decision of Tawheed Trust that was founded by Galib.

Asked about their monthly income and expenditure he said Ahab receives some Tk 1.5 lakh a month as subscription from its members apart from donations from its well-wishers across the country.

"We spent some Tk 1 lakh as salaries for madrasa teachers and the rest for organisational activities," he added.

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