• PNRD scam: Two more government officials arrested for siphoning government funds

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    Dhubri: Dhubri Police have arrested two more officials in connection with Assam’s Panchayat and Rural Development scam involved in siphoning off government funds meant for various developmental works in the rural areas of Dhubri district.

    The two accused who have been arrested, have been identified as Gauripur Block Development Officer (BDO), Khabir Uddin Ahmed and accountant of the aforesaid block, Akhirul Islam, respectively.

    Two engineers, identified as Saddam Hussain and Abdullah Al-Masud Mollah, of the Gauripur block development office were arrested from a remote location in West Bengal earlier on August 26.

    The allegation against the duo engineers was clearing of bills worth Rs 52.70 lakh while the alleged contractor Jahidul Hoque,identified as the proprietor of Jahidul Enterprises who had not done any work and submitted fake bills to the department.

    Sources said that the bills were also cleared without ascertaining the facts.

    Police said that an investigation was started and accordingly, the duo engineers were arrested from West Bengal for their alleged involvement in corruption.

    Officer-in-charge of Dhubri Sadar PS, Partha Pratim Gogoi said, “In course of the investigation, the role of involvement in siphoning off the aforesaid amount by the concerned Block Development Officer (BDO) and accountant of the Gauripur Development Block appeared and the duo has been arrested accordingly.”

    Meanwhile, one of the accused, Jahidul Hoque, is still on the run. Police operation is underway to trace the alleged contractor involved in the scam.

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