3 UP chairmen, 9 members suspended for relief embezzlement, irregularities 

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Dhaka, April 19: The Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry has suspended three Union Parishad(UP) chairmen and nine members for irregularities in distribution of relief among poor due to coronavirus outbreak.Separate notifications were issued in this regard by the ministry on Sunday.

The suspended UP Chairmen are– Makhdoom Kabir Tanmay, of Niyamtapur Union Parishad in Karimganj upazila of Kishoreganj district, Mohammad Abdus Sattar of Arjunpur Baramahati UP in Lalpur Upazila of Natore district and Mirza Ghulam Hafiz Sohag of Maziihotta UP in Shibganj upazila of Bogura district.

The suspended UP members are—Md Reza, of Ward No 5  in Arjunpu Baramahati union in Lalpur upazila in Natore district, Md Zakir Hossain, of Ward No 6 and Md Rokonuzzaman of  Ward  No 8 in Kodorpur union of Babuganj upazila in Barishal district, Md Abdur Rob Patwary of Ward No 8 of Hazirhat union of Monpura upazila in Bhola district, Sheikh Mosharaf Hossain, of Ward No 6  in Joynagar union of Kalia upazila in Narail district, Rony Begum, of Ward No 3 (reserved), Kalia upazila, Md Rafiqul Islam, of Ward No 9 of Khaskaulia union in Chowhali upazila in Sirajganj, Al Amin Chowdhury, of Ward No 3  in Bagbati union and Ms Asia Khatun of 7,8,9 no wards (reserved) of Sirajganj Sadar upazila.

Earlier, total 12 UP chairman and 12 UP members were suspended on April 12 and April 15 respectively over the same allegation.

Besides, show-cause notices were served asking them to explain within 10 working days as to why they should not be removed from their posts.

The notifications mentioned that they have been suspended for various reasons including embezzlement of rice allocated under the government’s food friendly programme, VGD programme, assault on relief seekers and negligence of duty.