Mridha brought sack, luggage from Ctg: Driver

The driver of suspended railway general manager Yusuf Ali Mridha said on Wednesday that Mridha had a sack and a luggage with him while he was travelling to Dhaka from Chittagong on April 9.

But Mridha did not carry any sack or bag when Mokhlesur Rahman, the driver, dropped him at his in-laws’ house at Dhanmondi an hour before the railway GM was detained along with three others by Border Guard Bangladesh personnel with Tk 70 lakh, said Mokhlesur.

He was talking to reporters after submitting his statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission at the ACC office on Wednesday.

Page 19 Col 5Mridha brought “I dropped Mridha at his Shahjahanpur residence. But I knew nothing about the money recovered from the car of Minister Suranjit Sengupta’s APS on April 9,” driver Mokhlesur Rahman told reporters when the Anti-Corruption Commission quizzed him about the Tk 70 lakh scandal.

Asked about his duty that day, he replied that he took Mridha to Rail Bhaban in his car at about 9:00am and at the moment he had nothing with him. In the evening, he returned home from the office empty- handed.

Mridha, his wife and top security official of railway Enamul Huq went to his in-laws house at Dhanmondi-3 by the car around 9:30am, the driver said. Mokhlesur was driving the car but he did not see bag with them, he said.

Omor Faruq, sacked assistant personal secretary of the former railway ministry Suranjit Sengupta, picked up Mridha and Enamul in his microbus from in front of his in-laws house around 10:00pm, he added.

Summoned by the Anti-Corruption Commission, Mokhlesur, a government employee, appeared before the ACC around 10:00am and stayed there for around two hours.