465Published on September 19, 2022
BNP-Jamaat leaders and activists started repressing the ordinary people and looting their properties immediately after they formed the government in October 2001. At the beginning of 2002, Jamaat MP Maulana Abdus Sobhan ordered the distribution of 2,100 VGF cards among the leaders and workers of Jamaat-Shibir though it was allocated to the poor and needy people in Pabna. Each poor person was supposed to get 10 kg of rice under the VGF card. But MP Sobhan's APS bypassed the commissioners of Pabna municipality and directed that rice be distributed according to the list of party leaders at the instructions of the MP. After that, Jamaat MP Sobhan himself ordered to distribute the rice among the workers quickly and even ordered to make new VGF cards in the name of Jamaat-Shibir activists, excluding the poor and needy.
On January 26, 2002, Prothom Alo reported this incident.
The chairman held several meetings with the commissioners after receiving instructions from MP Sobhan. But the commissioners said that there was an instruction to distribute VGF cards and rice according to the list of Jamaat-Shibir workers. But the parliament member had no right to make such a list. But only the Jamaat-Shibir activists would get the benefit, not the poor and needy ones.
As the commissioners did not agree to Jamaat MP Sobhan's proposal, the MP proposed a share with the commissioners. He asked him to keep 600 cards for the poor and needy and distribute the remaining 1500 cards among the Jamaat party leaders and workers. But as the commissioners did not agree to it, the process faced a deadlock. Even though rice had arrived in the municipality on December 31 for the poor, the municipality could not distribute it due to the intervention of the MP.