Police seized 250 sacks of government VGF rice meant for free distribution among the poor people at Porjona union parishad of Shahjadpur in Sirajganj when the rice were being taken away for selling in black market, police said on Wednesday.
Police also detained six people, who were identified by locals as day-labourers, when the sacks of rice were being taken away by rickshaw-vans near Porjona union parishad Tuesday afternoon.
The day-labourers said they were taking away the rice with the directives of Porjona union parishad chairman Zahidul Islam Mukul.
But Mukul denied the allegation and said the VGF rice were distributed among the poor people on Monday and Tuesday and the poor people themselves sold those in market.
Shahjadpur police officer-in-charge Khwaza Golam Kibria said they got information that the rice of vulnerable group feeding programme were being sold in open market and raided Porjona union parishad area and seized 250 sacks of rice Tuesday afternoon.
The police officer said four day-labourers and two buyers were also detained from the spot.
Detained day-labourer Abdul Karim’s wife, Shahnaj Parvin, said her husband went to transport the rice as a day-labourer upon calling from the men of UP chairman Mukul.
‘Arrest the chairman and his men, but why them who are day-labourers,’ she said.
Mukul said 107.86 tonnes of rice were allocated for 10,786 destitute people ahead of Eid and those were distributed on Monday and Tuesday.
‘I am unaware about it if the beneficiaries sold the rice in market and who bought those,’ he said.
‘I could sell the rice at the food warehouse if I wished,’ Mukul said, adding that naming him in stealing VGF rice was just malign his character for political gain.
Shahjadpur upazila nirbahi officer Nazmul Hossain Khan said he was stunned with the happenings, which he described the police did not inform him about the seizure on Tuesday.
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