DHAKA: Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested thirteen engineers, including Md Masudul Alam, former executive engineer and in-charge of Green City Housing Project under Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Pabna, for their alleged involvement in pillow purchasing scam.
A team of anti-graft body arrested the accused on Thursday (Dec 12) afternoon.
ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood disclosed the information at a press briefing at its Segunbagicha Headquarters in Dhaka.
The other arrestees are: Pabna Public Housing Division Deputy Assistant Engineer Md Jahidul Kabir, Deputy Divisional Engineers Md Shafiqul Islam, Ahmed Sazzad Khan, Mostafa Kamal, Estimator and Deputy Assistant Engineer Shumon Kumar Nandi, Assistant Engineers Md Tareque, Aminul Islam, Abu Syed, Rowshan Ali, Tahajjud Hossain, Majid and Sons owner Asif Hossain, and Sazin Construction Limited owner Md Shahadat Hossain.
According to reports published in a daily creating strong criticism on social media, the purchase prices of various items to furnish the project’s 966 flats for the Russian engineers and others were abnormally higher than the market prices.
The reports claimed that each pillow was bought for Tk 5,957 and the cost of carrying it to a flat was Tk 760. An electric stove cost Tk 7,747 and the carrying cost from the ground floor to the top one cost Tk 6,650.
The reports also said the price of an electric iron was Tk 4,154 and the carrying cost Tk 2,945.
BDST: 1733 HRS, DEC 12, 2019