Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board has sought apology over jailing of a day labourer for unpaid electric bills, despite having no electricity connection to his house.
In a press release on Saturday, BREB also explained how the man, M Abdul Matin, was victimised because of the negligence of Cumilla Palli Bidyut Samity-1 staff.
The release said that an organizational investigation committee, formed following the media reports on the matter, has found that an electricity connection was allotted for the residence of Abdul Matin.
But the Cumilla PBS staff ‘mistakenly’ gave the connection to the house of his neighbor, Shafiqul Islam. As a consequence, the bills were counted in the name of Matin for the electricity used by the neighbour.
The release said that the board already compensated the victim, a resident of Mochhgora village of Jatrapur union of Muradnagar Upazila in Cumilla, and sought apology.
A new electricity connection was also installed at Matin’s house and BREB issued directives to all offices to stay alert about repeat of such mistakes.
The BREB already suspended 11 employees and launched an investigation against them, the press release said.
Day labourer Abdul Matin, 45, who was arrested Wednesday night for failing to pay arrear bill for electricity, was sent to jail Thursday afternoon.
Later, in the evening, Cumilla chief judicial magistrate granted him bail and he was released on the day.
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