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Tk 10cr compensation demanded for Jaha Alam

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Speakers at a human chain on Saturday said the state or Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) cannot avoid the responsibility for the “cruel and inhuman behavior” to the victim

Dhaka: Speakers at a human chain on Saturday said the state or Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) cannot avoid the responsibility for the “cruel and inhuman behavior” to the victim.

They also demanded Tk 10 crore as compensation for Jaha Alam.

The speakers also urged the government to identify the persons responsible for the whole situation so that nobody becomes victim like him.

A jute mill worker, Jaha Alam had been languishing in jail since February 2016 in corruption cases instead of the real accused. He was released from Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in Gazipur on February 4 after the High Court exonerated him from the charges on the previous day.

Sammilito Samajik Andolon (SSA) organised the human chain in front of National Museum at Dhaka’s Shahbagh intersection today demanding compensation for Jaha Alam.

Mamunur Rashid, finance secretary of the SSA, read out a written statement during the programme conducted by Saleh Ahmed, general secretary of the organisation.

“We can’t understand how a national organisation like the ACC accused Jaha Alam instead of Salek… It is urgent to find out if there was any ill-attempt to hide the real culprit. We also demand Tk 10 crore compensation for Jaha Alam immediately,” the statement read.

Addressing the human chain, Prof Robayet Ferdous of Dhaka University said, “Despite having no similarity with the information provided, Jaha Alam was suppressed only based on the concept of similarity with the photo of the accused… Could ACC give him (Jaha Alam) back those three years he lost from his life?”

Zia Uddin Tarek Ali, president of the SSA, said, “The state and the ACC can’t avoid the responsibility for the cruel and inhuman behavior to Jaha Alam. We demand proper compensation for this. Otherwise, we will take to the streets again.”

He also urged the countrymen to raise their voice seeking justice for Jaha Alam.

Since February 2016, Jaha Alam had been languishing in jail after being falsely accused in cases filed over misappropriation of Sonali Bank’s money filed by ACC.

He was released on February 4 after the High Court exonerated him from the charges on the previous day.

Between 2010 and 2011, Abu Salek, a businessman, misappropriated about Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank's Cantonment branch. Salek used a fake address to open an account with the bank, the ACC said.

Salek also had an account in another private bank, ACC sources said.

In 2012, the anti-graft watchdog filed the 33 cases over the misappropriation, and Salek was made accused in most of them.

 

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