Arrest patrons of Barkat and Rubel, Faridpur residents urge govt

Sajjad Hossain Barkat and Imtiaz Hasan alias Rubel
Sajjad Hossain Barkat and Imtiaz Hasan alias Rubel

Faridpur residents have raised a demand to arrest associates and patrons of two brothers, Sajjad Hossain Barkat and Imtiaz Hasan alias Rubel.

The residents also urged the government to confiscate the pieces of land they had grabbed, and to hand them over to the genuine owners.

They alleged that some of the accomplices of Barkat and Rubel are roaming in the locality.

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Illegally amassed assets of the grabbers should be confiscated and be handed over to genuine land owners.
Faridpur Conscious Citizen Committee former president Mojibur Rahman

Speaking to Prothom Alo, Faridpur superintendent of police Alimuzzaman said no one will be allowed to get involved in criminal activities in the district.

Actions will be taken against those who will be found involved in criminal offences, he added.

Residents in Faridpur town started raising allegations against the criminals after a report had been published on Tuesday in Prothom Alo titled ‘Tale of two brothers in Faridpur’.

Many called the Prothom Alo office and shared their stories. Most of these people are involved in politics of ruling Awami League.

Faridpur district unit of Awami League general secretary Syed Masud Hossain told Prothom Alo that Rubel and Barkat did not appear all on a sudden. They rose under the shelter and backing of some influential people. Their patrons have to be brought to book so that none can do whatever they like, the AL leader said.

Former district unit Awami League vice president Shamsul Haque said former minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and his brother used Rubel and Barkat. Everything will be exposed if statements of assets of all people are taken, the AL leader said.

The arrested criminals have disclosed names of their associates and grabbers.

Former treasurer of district unit Awami League Mahbubur Rahman demanded arrest of those culprits.

Brother of former minister and his followers are allegedly involved in corruption of Faridpur Medical College.

Speaking to Prothom Alo, former district unit Awami League general secretary Bipul Gosh said the extortion and land grabbing by Barkat’s father-in-law and brothers-in-law should also be investigated.

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Former general secretary of Faridpur Sadar upazila Amitabh Bose said a section of people, who were with the criminals in the past, are now talking against the criminals just to appear ‘innocent’.

He alleged these beneficiaries attacked Agartala conspiracy case accused Nur Mohammad, Swechchhasebak League Shawkat Ali and district Chhatra League leader Monir Hossain.

Bose also alleged that they also instigated the assaults on Prothom Alo correspondent Panna Bala and Principal Md Halim.

District Awami League women's affairs secretary Ivy Masud demanded that all criminals be brought to book.

After the report was published, a question has been raised as to what will happen to the properties amassed illegally.

Faridpur Conscious Citizens' Committee former president Mojibur Rahman said illegally amassed assets of the grabbers should be confiscated and be handed over to the genuine land owners.