Body formed to probe Ctg rail ticket scalpingOur Correspondent . Chittagong
The Bangladesh Railway (East) formed a three-member committee on Monday to probe the incident of tickets scalping in the name of the Bangladesh Air Force.
The investigation committee, led by chief mechanical engineer Akhteruzzaman Haider, has been asked to submit the report within three days.
Acting general manager of BR (East) Mozammel Haq said, ‘A probe committee has been formed to investigate ticket scalping in the name of Air Force.’
The Bangladesh Railway authorities in its primary investigation found that ‘two Air Force personnel’ booked 55 A/C tickets of Dhaka-bound inter-city train ‘Turna Nishitha’ for June 7 and 60 ‘Shovon Chair’ tickets of another Dhaka-bound train ‘Mahanagar Godhuli’ for June 8, saying that 115 members of BAF will go to Dhaka.
On suspicion, some railway officials, led by deputy operating superintendent of BR (East) AMM Shahnewaz, went to the station on the night of June 7 and next morning, where he saw no air force personnel travelling and instead civilians were travelling to Dhaka.
‘I asked the commuters travelling on the train and they informed that they had bought the tickets from black market at a higher rate,’ said AMM Shahnewaz.
BR sources said a letter using name of Bangladesh Air Force was forwarded to the Bangladesh Railway on May 31 for 115 tickets for June 7. The letter was signed by BAF Wing Commander SM Monirul Islam.
As the railway authorities could not comply with the demand of the force in one train, so they managed the seats in two separate bogies in two trains.
Chittagong railway station manager AA Shamsul Alam said, ‘Two air force personnel named Rezaul Haq and Arif Hossain collected the tickets.’
BR sources added, Rezaul Haq and Arif Hossain had mentioned BAF wing commanders’ name as SM Monirul Islam in the letter while BAF wing commander’s name was Monirul Islam.
‘We conveyed the matter to the BAF and they said they were unaware about any ticket booking. Besides, they said they were taking action against the both personnel,’ said Belal Uddin, chief operating superintendent of the BR.
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