BARISAL POLICE: DC suspended for raising fund for bribing ministry officials

Staff Correspondent

The government on Wednesday suspended Barisal Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Zillur Rahman on allegation of raising funds for bribing officials of three ministries to speed up promotion.
Earlier on June 27, the police headquarters suspended 10 more cops of Barisal Metropolitan Police on the same allegation.
The home ministry suspended Zillur following a recommendation made by the police directorate on June 28, said officials concerned.
The police directorate also recommended removal of the Barisal Metropolitan Police commissioner
Shaibal Kanti Chowdhury in this connection, the officials said.
Police headquarters in a statement on Wednesday said that Zillur was suspended for misconduct, corruption, breaching discipline and tarnishing the image of the department. Zillur hailed from Bogra joined Bangladesh Civil Service police cadre on January 25, 1999.
The 10 other suspended cops are assistant sub-inspectors Anisuzzaman, Monir Hossain and Md Hanif, nayek Kabir Hossain, drivers Shahidul Islam, Bablu Jamaddar and Dolon Baral, ration-storekeepers Abbas Uddin and Arifur Rahman and constable Tapas Kumar Mandal.
Inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque said that they would show ‘zero tolerance’ for any criminal irrespective of identity.
Additional deputy inspector general for discipline and professional standard Alamgir Alam told New Age that they launched an inquiry and found the involvement of the cops in raising the fund for bribing officials at ministries concerned.
According to the police inquiry, the police in Barisal set a target of raising a fund of Tk 1.22 crore from 340 cops ranking from constable to sub-inspector to speed up promotions in the police force.
The police directorate officials said that the money was meant for concerned desks in home, finance and public administration ministries.
‘We did not identify people at the ministries involved in the process as it was out of our jurisdiction,’ said Alamgir, ‘Further inquiry is under way to make sure whether same thing is happening somewhere else.’
Talking to New Age, a number of local ranker admitted that they had to pay bribe to speed up their posting and promotion.
The police said that the validity of promotion examination usually expired just one year after the examination and the cops were being posted or promoted based on vacancies.
‘The main problem is the files related to promotions and vacancies have got stuck in the ministries and sometime they move after the expiry of the examination,’ said an official.
The police inquiry found that cops under supervision of Zillur had opened a bank account with Dutch-Bangla Bank branch in Barisal to raise a fund of Tk 1.22 crore for bribing officials in the ministries.
Until the inquiry was launched, Tk 77 lakh was deposited in the account and Tk 60 lakh was withdrawn.
A constable had tipped off the crime to the higher authorities recently leading the departmental inquiry.
New Age Correspondent in Barisal added that a three member departmental inquiry led by BMP deputy commissioner (headquarters) Shoyeb Ahmed was instituted on June 13.
Police officials said that recently 800 new posts were created in BMP, while 230 constables were waiting for promotion to habildar and naik and a large number of cops were waiting for promotion to assistant sub-inspector after passing departmental examination successfully.
The fund was created collecting Tk 30,000 for a promotion to naik and habildar and Tk 50,000 for assistant sub-inspector, the inquiry found.
The committee at police headquarters interrogated Zillur’s bodyguard Bablu, naik Kabir and assistant sub-inspector Monir in Dhaka on June 17.
The police headquarters also interrogated some others.
Collection of the money for the bribery began in January by the examinees, in inquiry revealed.
Of the money, Tk 17 lakh was deposited in a joint account of assistant sub-inspector Anisuzzaman, nayek Kabir Hossain and driver Bablu at a Dutch-Bangla Bank branch in Barisal.
The rest of the money was given to Zillur, the inquiry found.
‘Zillur confessed to the crime on black and white,’ a police headquarters official said.

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