Fertiliser Missing from BADC Warehouse
A case has been filed against Rezaul Karim, acting assistant director of Bhairab warehouse of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), and Khorshed Alam, warehouse keeper, in connection with the disappearance of four thousand 360 tonnes of non-Urea fertiliser from there.
“It seems that the stealing of the fertiliser worth Tk 7 crore 30 lakh 29 thousand occurred over a period of time,” said Shahidullah Sheikh, assistant director of Kishoreganj BADC warehouse, who filed the case with Bhairab Police Station on Sunday.
The two accused were also suspended on that day, said Ali Ajgor, manager of BADC Kishoreganj main office (Sales).
“The Bhairab warehouse was reopened in 2007, after its closure in 2005. Through dealers, non-urea fertiliser from the warehouse is provided for 20 upazilas of Kishoreganj, Narsingdi, Munshiganj and Gazipur districts,” he said.
Khorshed and Rezaul had been working there since 2007 and 2013 respectively, Ali Ajgor said.
Rezaul informed Kishoreganj BADC main office on November 11 that there were less fertiliser in the warehouse. As per estimate, 1525 tonnes of TSP, 800 tonnes of DOP and 2971 of tonnes of MoP fertiliser were supposed to be deposited in the waterhouse. But it was found that 1463 tonnes of TSP, 632 tonnes of DOP and 2231 tonnes of MoP were missing there.
After disclosure of the fertiliser disappearance incident, several dealers have expressed apprehension about getting fertiliser from the warehouse in time.
Md Moniruzzaman, a representative of dealers of Munshiganj, said, “I paid the money for 600 sacks of fertiliser. If I do not get it in time, there will be misunderstanding between me and farmers.”
Rezaul and Khorshed have managed to flee after the disclosure of the occurrence and their cell phones were found switched off, said Badrul Alam, officer in charge of Bhairab Police Station.