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Khagrachhari chamber inactive as most directors on the run

Jasim Majumder, Khagrachhari

The top district trade body, Khagrachhari Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has virtually become inactive as most of its directors are on the run to avoid arrests in the wake of anti-graft drive.Nine out of 11 members of the chamber’s Board of Directors are now wanted for alleged corruption, tender scam, land grabbing, misappropriation of government funds, and anti-social activities, according to police.

Most of the wanted directors of the chamber are local leaders of the immediate past ruling party, the BNP.

The president of the district chamber, former BNP lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan, has recently been jailed for 20 years on corruption charges. He was arrested on February 4 in Khagrachhari by joint forces.

The wanted directors of the chamber are known as staunch supporters of Wadud Bhuiyan

The chamber now cannot hold regular meetings due to quorum crisis. Senior Vice President of the chamber Harun-Ur-Rashid said chamber activities are being hampered. “I have sent a letter to authorities concerned in this regard,” he said.

“All the activities have been stalled, as decision cannot be taken in absence of directors,” said Sudarsan Dutta, a director of the chamber.

“We are in a great trouble and we need an immediate decision about absentee members,” he said.

Wadud and his loyalist directors have misused funds, said Mohammad Nur Hossain, secretary of the chamber.

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