Government official arrested in Dhaka for hoarding 512 liters of cooking oil

The official, who was on pre-retirement leave, illegally stored the soybean oil at his home to resell at a higher price ahead of Ramadan, law enforcement said on Saturday.

The person arrested was identified as Layekuzzaman, an assistant non-commissioned officer for agriculture. The police filed charges against him under Section 15(1) of the Special Powers Act at Mohammadpur Police Station.

Section 15(1) of the Special Powers Act states that an offender involved in hoarding or selling on the black market may be punished with the death penalty, life imprisonment and imprisonment. up to 14 years plus fines.

“Layekuzzaman lives in Lalmatia and takes care of his in-laws house at Kazi Nazrul Islam Road in Mohammadpur. A police team, led by Mohammadpur Police Sub-Inspector Monir Hossian, discovered the oil in an apartment of his in-laws’ house on Friday,” said Biplob Kumar Sarkar, Deputy Commissioner (Tejgaon Division ) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, during a press conference. .

Police went to Surya Enterprises at Mohammadpur Krishi market after Layekuzzaman showed them a receipt showing he bought the oil from the store. The store owner said that the official bought 40 liters of cooking oil at Tk6,360 a few days ago.

“Layekuzzaman then added the rest of the oil to the receipt,” police said, citing the store owner.

Authorities have yet to determine where he got the rest of the oil.

“Layekuzzaman is not a trader. He committed a criminal offense by personally accumulating oil. He took advantage of the market crisis,” Sarkar said, adding that a dismissal order will be sought against him.

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