Parthapratim Ghosh, Kolkata: The state police filed four FIRs each against Bakibur Rahman’s organization caught by the ED in three police stations of Nadia. But despite this, the investigation did not proceed. This is where the question arises, if the state police had been active then, could not this cycle have been stopped earlier?
Corruption earlier revealed: State politics is now abuzz with the ED probe and arrest of former food minister Jyotipriya Mallick on allegations of corruption in ration distribution. About 3 years ago, the investigation by the state police virtually exposed corruption in the distribution of rations. Four FIRs were filed from Nadia district. Thousands of kg flour was recovered. Bakibur Rahman’s name came up. His rice mill was found.
On February 22, 2020, a lot of ration flour was recovered from the shop of one Pradeep Kumar De in Kotwali police station area. The police of Kotwali police station filed a suo motu case. The accused was also arrested. That’s when the name of NPG Rice Mill in Nadia came up. The owner of which is Bakibur Rahman. Now there is a ruckus about the arrest of the ED. After interrogating the accused Pradip Kumar Dey, it is known that he bought these flours from a businessman named Kalyan Sadhukhan. After that, the police of Kotwali police station started searching for this Kalyan. On February 24, 2020, 762 kg of ration flour was seized from the godown adjacent to this welfare house. ED claimed that the police did not find any trace of Kalyan at that time.
Later, ED officials raided Kalyan’s house in 2023. Going there, it can be seen that ration flour is still being sold outside. That flour was confiscated. Now, that goodness was found. Another FIR was registered on July 6, 2021 at Kotwali police station. A businessman named Vishwanath Pramanik was arrested. 190 kg of ration flour was also recovered from his house. It had a sticker of the Food and Salpay Department of the Government of West Bengal. Vishwanath Pramanik, a businessman accused of corruption in ration distribution, said, “I used to buy it at Tk 18-19. I used to sell it for 21-22 taka. The party used to bring us, the dealers brought, they used to come. Got 190 kg from me. i got caught Then turn it off. I don’t know what the stamp was.
Here too, comes the name of NPG Rice Mill at Bakibur. But, despite all this, the police did not take any such action against Bakibur Rahman. And now the ED’s investigation goes out to dig up earthworms. Bakibur’s empire comes forward. The minister added. However, this is not the end, the state police filed 2 more FIRs on allegations of corruption in ration distribution. One in Dhubulia police station and another in Navadwip police station.
Here the question arises that if the state police had been active then, could not this cycle have been stopped earlier? According to rules, wheat from FCI godowns comes to the mills. Then, after the flour is made there, it goes to the distributors. After that, the free flour packets go to the common people. But in reality, the wheat goes to the mills from FCI godowns. From there the dough is made, it goes through different hands and goes to the open market. In this situation, the question arises even if the police initiates a case, who did the cover up? Why gave? Whose hand?
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