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Nothing except a tin house in PK Halder’s ancestral home

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16th May, 2022 09:23:16 AM
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The floor wall of the living room still survives but there is no structure above. There are only weeds and algae. The tin kitchen at the back is abandoned.

This is the situation of the ancestral home of Prashant Kumar Halder (PK Halder) who is allegedly embezzled Tk 3,500 crore from financial institutions of the country.

PK Halder’s house is located in Dighirjan village of Nazirpur upazila of Pirojpur.

Neighbours and relatives said PK Halder had no assets in the village other than the land and the abandoned tin house.

His mother and brothers left the village after selling their father’s 2.5 acres of crop land and tin house.

Neighbours and local sources said PK Halder is the eldest of three sons of late Prannendu Halder and Lilabati Halder of Dighirjan village. His father was a tailor by profession and his mother was a government primary school teacher.

PK Halder started his education at the local Dighirjan Government Primary School and passed SSC examination from Dighirjan secondary school.

He and his youngest brother Pritish Kumar Halder both graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

Both later obtained MBA degree from Dhaka University’s IBA. PK Halder’s second brother Pranesh Kumar Halder migrated to India after passing SSC. After her husband’s death, 20 years ago Lilabati sold the remaining cropland and structure of the house and moved to India as well.

PK Halder is a much-talked-about name in Bangladesh’s financial sector for laundering Tk 3,500 crore.    He came under renewed scrutiny after India’s central intelligence agency’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested him and five of his associates on Saturday.

One of PK Halder’s neighbours said he saw PK Halder for the last time in 2002-2003 when his mother sold their cropland and structure of ancestral house before leaving for India. After that time, he never came to visit his ancestral house.

One of PK Halder’s teachers and his mother’s former colleagues said that all three Haldar brothers were meritorious since their childhood but they got shocked to hear the news of their student’s miserable fate.