• Monday, Feb 06, 2023
  • Last Update : 09:54 am

Hundreds take to streets while village arbitrators busy hoarding relief

File photo: Sacks of stolen rice recovered by police Dhaka Tribune

The angry crowds consisting of hundreds later gave a beating to the alleged corrupted chairman, KM Nazrul Islam when he tried to calm the people

Hundreds of people are taking to the streets in Jhalakati and Jhenaidah districts of the country claiming UP chairmen of respective areas are hoarding reliefs unlawfully leaving the underprivileged hungry.

In Jhalakati, residents of Rajapur’s Shuktagar union parishad staged a demonstration against UP member Moniruzzamna, also general secretary of Awami League unit of the area around 11am, Thursday. 

The protesters claimed that the UP member made a false list of underprivileged people enlisting 137 people in the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) project back in 2016, among them most are his relatives.

The list is full with names of dead people, said Masum. “Some people do not even know that their name has been enlisted and the needy are devoid of any relief,” added Jorina, a resident of the area.

The corrupt UP member has long been stealing the reliefs from the needy, and we want justice now, said the protesters.

Denying the allegations, UP member Moniruzzaman said: “The people were not satisfied with the quality of the VGF rice. Besides that, I do not know about any discrepancies.”

When contacted, UNO Sohag Haoladar said legal actions will be taken if any involvement of the local administration is found.

In Jhenaidah, hundreds of residents of Sadar’s Pagla Kanai union’s Baribagan, Fakirabad, and Rajapur besieged the residence of the UP Chairman and protested against his wrong deeds concerning the distribution of reliefs.

The angry crowds consisting of hundreds later gave a beating to the alleged corrupt chairman, KM Nazrul Islam, when he tried to calm the people.

Denying all allegations, the chairman said: “We received 10 tons of rice from the authority and allocated it to the needy people already.”

He claimed, his rivals plotted a conspiracy and got the public infuriated upon him that had led to the dispute and protest.

Sadar’s OC Mizanur Rahman said, after promising proper allocation of reliefs the protesters returned to their homes.

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