Cheating in the name of tree plantation

Staff Correspondent

25 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Police have arrested a man on charges of sending letters to 40,000 business organisations asking them for funds to plant trees on the occasion of Mujib Year.

A team of law enforcers from Tejgaon Police Station caught the man named Jahidur Rahman Iqbal, who claimed to be a ‘forest friend’, from Shah Ali Bhaban in the capital’s Kawran Bazar area on Tuesday.

Harun-Or-Rashid, deputy commissioner of Tejgaon Crime Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, briefed this to journalists at his office on Wednesday.

Iqbal introduced himself as the chairman and chief executive officer of Bangabandhu Jahidur Tree Plantation, SME Consultancy Ltd and EF Consultant Ltd, the officer said.

He used the logo of Mujib Year and message of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the letters, he said.

Many of the businessmen have provided him with money, which he has embezzled.

The officer said that Iqbal had been swindling people out of money in various ways for the last 30 years.

In response to a question how many people were cheated, the officer said that they received complaints from about 500 victims.