Jatiya Muktijoddha Council (national freedom fighters council) has cancelled registration of seven organisations on allegation of corruption and irregularities.
Council director general Md Jahangir Hossain, on March 23, told New Age that such action would continue against organisations that took registrations from it as social welfare outfits for promoting the spirit of the liberation war.
He said that the move was taken following the recommendation of the parliamentary standing committee on the liberation war affairs ministry.
Committee chairman Shajahan Khan and member Kazi Firoz Rashid said that the January 15 meeting recommended actions against organisations involved in corruption, cheating and other irregularities.
The committee recommended a suspension of the issuance of registration to any more organisations and asked the council to strictly monitor activities of the registered organisations.
Since its inception in 2002, the council had issued registration to 269 organisations and no objection certificates to 131 organisations, council officials said
They said that 120 more organisations also applied for the clearance certificate, the primary step for getting registration.
In February, they said that the council issued a circular stating that no more organisations would be given registration.
The council cancelled registrations of Bogura-based Shaheed, Juddhahato Asachchhal Muktijoddha Kalyan Samity, Khulna Muktijoddha O Muktijoddha Prajanma Kalyan O Punarbashan Prakalpa, Naogaon Zila Asachchhal Muktijoddha Kalyan Samity, Bangladesh Muktijoddha Punarbashan Sangstha, 71 Er Sahashi Muktijoddha Parishad, Jatiya Sammilita Muktijodha Foundation and Muktijoddha O Muktijoddha Paribar Kalyan Samity.
Allegation against them include involvement in grabbing khas lands, selling government properties as plots to individuals, preparing forged documents to disburse among individuals for their inclusion on the government’s list of freedom fighters, and taking money from freedom fighters promising Tk 10 lakh loan for each of them.
Leaders of some of these organsations said that they were victimised by the people who kept good relation with the council officials and leaders of the ruling Awami League.
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