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Scan every container before clearance: ACC chairman

STAFF REPORTER, Ctg
Scan every container before clearance: ACC chairman
Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman Iqbal Mahmud

Every container at the Chittagong port must be scanned before being cleared, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman Iqbal Mahmud has said.

“We've received several complaints that containers at the Chittagong port are cleared without being scanned. How can we be sure that arms are not being brought in through such containers?” he said. He was speaking at a meeting with government officials. It was organised by the ACC at the Chittagong deputy commissioner’s office yesterday (Wednesday).  Iqbal Mahmud said: “We've received several allegations against the port and the customs, saying that containers go through the Chittagong port without being scanned. This raises the possibility of arms being smuggled  through the port.”  Customs commissioner AFM Abdullah tried to say a few things in defence, but the ACC chairman cut him short, “We know everything that happens in the customs,” he said. Iqbal Mahmud urged government employees to take a firm stand against unethical practices and never to bend under pressure. “Do not bow down under any pressure from any quarter. You are accountable to the people.  You should remember that no one can emerge victorious by going against the people. Never play ducks and drakes with public property,” he told government officials. “Don’t do any illegal work. Some officials confessed to us that they were forced to participate in nefarious activities under pressure. But why should you do such work?” he said.

The ACC Chief  said the commission would monitor the activities of the offices of different agencies, and those indulging in corruption would face trial as per the law. Chittagong divisional commissioner Md Ruhul Amin presided over the meeting. The deputy inspector general of police (Ctg Range), Md Moniruzzaman, CMP commissioner Iqbal Bahar, deputy commissioner Md Zillur Rahman Chowdhury, Chittagong Medical College and Hospital director Brig. Gen. Jalal Uddin, among others, addressed the discussion.

 

 

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