The driver of Former APS Faruq Azam Khan claimed that finally the black cat of railway system is going to caught out.Former Railway Minister and now minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta had struck a Tk 100 million deal with former Railway General Manager Yusuf Ali Mridha for appointing 600 people on his recommendation, claims Azam Khan, the driver of Suranjit’s Assistant Personal Secretary Faruq.
Azam, who had been hiding since the midnight scandal surfaced six months back, disclosed this in an exclusive interview with private television channel Rtv aired on Friday.
“The 74 lakhs taka was being taken to Suranjit Sengupta’s house. But, on the way I staged the incident. Bribed money was also taken to his house several times in the past,” the driver said.
On April 9, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained Suranjit’s APS Omar Faruq Talukder, Railway (East) GM Yusuf Ali Mridha and Divisional Commandant Enamul Huq when the APS’s car driver Azam drove the vehicle into the BGB Headquarters at Peelkhana in the city.Later, BGB personnel found Tk 74 lakh searching the vehicle. The money was reportedly collected from new recruits in Railway’s east zone.
Following the scam, Suranit stepped down as Railways minister on April 16.
The driver claimed that Faruq was the leader of a syndicate that controlled the recruitment trade in the Railways.Narrating the April 9 midnight episode, Azam said, “When I was taking the vehicle to the BGB gate-4, Faruq asked me where I was heading for. I replied, sir these are the bribed money, collected through corruption in the Railways. I’ll get you caught with the money. That’s why I brought the vehicle here.”
He said he found the BGB gate open and did not get any signal from the on-duty BGB men to stop his microbus.
“Faruq told me it was wrong for you to drive the car into it. Later, Faruq asked me take Tk 5 lakh from here…as I did not agree, he allured me to give the total amount,” Azam said.He went on, “The money was counted at 10.00am in the morning and there was Tk 74 lakh in the vehicle.”
Later, they brought another driver and left the BGB headquarters riding the vehicle, the driver said.
Azam alleged that one Major Moshiur Rahman was also involved in recruitment trade in the Railway department. “To my knowledge, Moshiur was involved in the recruitment trade involving Tk 3 crore. He wanted to recruit several hundred people in the department through Faruq.”“It was the fault of the minister (Suranjit). But now he wants to shift its responsibility on the government,” the driver added.
Azam who had been traceless since the incident expressed his desire to be there with his relatives bringing an end to his life in hideout.