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Sunday, 13 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Friday remanded in jail custody the seven Roads and Highways Department engineers and a private construction firm official arrested on Wednesday night for bribery.

The joint forces' taskforce arrested the RHD engineers along with Momtaz Uddin, project coordinator of Reza Construction of Dhaka, at a Dhanmondi restaurant when they were allegedly sharing among themselves Tk 14 lakh exacted from a director of another construction firm in bribe.

The detained RHD officials are Mozammel Hoque, additional chief engineer of Dhaka zone, Mominul Hoque, additional chief engineer, Rafiqul Islam, additional chief engineer of Comilla zone, Abdullahel Kafi, chief engineer posted at Setu Bhaban in Banani, Taposh Kumar Pal, project director of Rupsha Bridge, AHM Mainul Islam, deputy project director of the bridge, and Ali Masud Haider, executive engineer. They and Reza Construction project coordinator Momtaz were handed over to the Dhanmondi police on Thursday.

Mahbub Kabir, director of Asian Traffic Technologist Limited, who was awarded the contract for toll collection at Rupsha and several other bridges in Dhaka and Sylhet regions under the RHD, filed a case with the Dhanmondi police on Thursday night accusing the eight of taking Tk 14 lakh in bribe from him.

The Dhanmondi police produced the eight to the court of chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka on Friday, showing them arrested in the case but without seeking for remanding them in their custody. The court sent them to jail in the afternoon.

In the first information report, the complainant said, 'They told me the anti-corruption taskforce had initiated a probe against my construction firm and the communications ministry tasked a seven-member committee headed by Mozammel Hoque and Mominul Hoque with the investigation.'

Mahbub alleged the accused had been demanding the sum from him for the past one month in exchange of submitting the probe report in favour of his firm. Otherwise, they threatened to get him arrested and cancel the contract of his firm with the RHD as well as its licence, he added.

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