Home minister seeks extortion info from businessmen

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:40, Apr 12,2021


The home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan, on Sunday urged business community in Dhaka to inform the police about any demand for extortion from them by anyone.

At a webinar hosted by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the law and order situation, and control of prices of essential items, the minister said that the government was trying to curb extortion on highways.

‘We have curbed the extortion almost. If there is any report, let us know,’ said the minister.

Everywhere in the world, the price of essential food items drop in Ramadan but it rises in South Asian countries, he said expressing his disappointment.

The minister said that there would a loss of business this time due to COVID-19 restrictions of general holidays but they had no alternative to save the people of the country.

Dhaka South City mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rizwan Rahman, among others, spoke in the webinar.

Rizwan Rahman pointed out the extortion on the highways and sought cooperation from the government.

Golam Mowla, a wholesaler who leads the edible oil society in Molvibazar retail market in Dhaka, urged not only to monitor the retailer instead the government should also the supply chain to check the price hike. 

He said lockdown should be relaxed for the retailers to keep the supply chain smooth.

Like him, another spice retailer Enayet Ullah said that the retailers would maintain COVID-19 instructions but their business should be allowed to run otherwise there would be price hike in districts.  

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