The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday interrogated eight more officials of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL), including its former managing director Habib Uddin Ahmed, over the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine.
ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer of the case, interrogated the eight officials from 9:00am to 3:15pm at the commission’s headquarters in the capital.
After the interrogation, Habib Ahmed told reporters that the coal had not been stolen, it was systems loss. I have confidence that the truth will be revealed after the investigation.
He said around 1.45 lakh tonnes of coal disappeared due to technical reasons.
“We hope we will be exonerated after fair probe,” he added.
“The systems loss was about 1.4 percent here (Barapukria) but the systems loss from two to 10 percent is acceptable internationally,” he added.
The other seven officials are BCMCL’s two former company secretaries Abul Kashem Pradia and Mosharraf Hossain Sarker, General Manager (General Service) Masudur Rahman Hawlader, Manager (Production Management) Ashok Kumar Haldar, Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Arifur Rahman, Manager (Design, Construction and Maintenance) Jahidul Islam, and Deputy Manager (Safety Management) Ekramul Haque.
With this, the national anti-graft watchdog interrogated 23 officials of Petrobangla over the coal disappearance and nine more officials are scheduled to face the interrogation today in the last phase.
Earlier, ACC interrogated eight officials of Petrobangla on Tuesday and seven officials on August 16 in connection with the case.
On August 13, ACC summoned 32 officials of Petrobangla to appear at ACC for interrogation in phases over the coal disappearance incident.
Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant had to be shut down for the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine.
The disappearance of coal came to light on July 22 when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine.
The case was filed against 19 people with Parbatipur Police Station in Dinajpur on July 24 in connection with disappearance of around 1.45 lakh tonnes of coal worth around Tk 230 crore.