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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Expulsion Of Ex-mp In Nilphamari

Wife alleges Jamaat discrimination

The wife of former Jamaat lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury has alleged that the party showed 'discriminatory treatment' towards her husband.

Ismat Ara Chowdhury said the party promptly expelled her husband as soon as charges of misappropriation of corrugated iron (CI) sheets of government relief were brought against him last year. The case is still under-trial, she said while talking to this correspondent.

Ismat Ara said the party did not take any action against former lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury of Chittagong though he was convicted by a court to suffer 10 years' imprisonment on April 12 this year for earning illegal wealth beyond his income.

Five other cases are also pending against him, of which one for murder and two others for extortion. 'But it is strange that Jamaat did not take any action against him', Ismat said.

Joint Forces recovered 104 pieces of CI sheets of government relief from Mizan Chowdhury's Dalia Road house in Jaldhaka town on February 16 last year. A case was filed against him on charge of misappropriation of CI sheets under Emergency Act. Mizan surrendered to court and was sent to jail on February 19.

During his expulsion from party, Jamaat leaders told media the party will take action against those whose involvement in corruption will be proved beyond suspicion, she said.

Mizanur Chowdhury was elected to parliament from Nilphamari-3 (Jaldhaka and part of Kishoreganj) constituency in two consecutive terms in the parliamentary elections in 1996 and 2001.

When contacted, Jamaat's Jaldhaka upazila unit secretary Antazul Islam said he is not the proper authority to comment in this regard.

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