ACC sues EC official, three police officers for issuing NID, passport to Rohingyas

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 00:01, Jun 18,2021


The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday filed another case against a senior election official, three police inspectors and 13 Rohingyas on charges of assisting the Rohingyas to get National Identity cards and passports using fake documents.

ACC’s Chattogram office deputy assistant director Md Sarif Uddin filed the case with the ACC integrated office-2 in Chattogram, said officials.

The accused election and police officers are additional regional election officer Md Mozammel Hossain of Cumilla, inspector SM Mizanur Rahman of the Patuakhali district police control room office, inspector (investigation) Md Ruhul Amin of the Begumganj police station in Noakhali, inspector Prabhash Chandra Dhar of Rangpur DIG range office.

The accused Rohingyas are Md Taiyob, Mohammad Wayes, Mohammad Yahia, Mohammad Rahim, Abdur Rahman, Abdus Sakur, Nur Habiba, Amatur Rahim, Asmaul Husna, Amatur Rahman, Nur Hamida, Mohammad Osama and Hafez Nurul Alam.

Md Mozammel Hossain was the Cox’s Bazar district election officer while the three police inspectors were at the special branch of the Cox’s Bazar police, according to the case statement.   

ACC deputy assistant director Md Sarif Uddin told New Age that the three accused police inspectors submitted positive verification reports against applications for passport submitted by six of the 13 Rohingya refugees.

Later, the six Rohingyas got Bangladeshi passports based on the verification reports.

‘Election officer Md Mozammel Hossain helped the 13 Rohingyas to get Bangladeshi NID cards. Mozammel submitted his probe report in favour of the Rohingyas after a complaint against the Rohingyas had been submitted to the EC office by a Bangladeshi citizen in 2018. The Election Commission asked the then Cox’s Bazar election officer Mozammel to investigate the incident,’ Sarif Uddin said.

An inquiry of the Anti-Corruption Commission has recently found that a total of 55,310 people, including Rohingyas, were enlisted in the voter list between 2015 and 2019.

The people managed to collect National Identity cards of Bangladesh with the help of a section of senior officials and employees of the Election Commission.

Following the findings, the ACC filed five cases against two former Chattogram City Corporation councillors, a former union parishad chairman and Election Commission employees on charges of assisting the Rohingya people to get nationality certificates, birth registration certificates and National Identity cards.

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