Police officer ‘demoted to lower pay grade’ for toll plaza vandalism

The government has punished an officer of the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) for vandalizing the toll plaza of Chittagong’s Karnaphuli Shah Amanat Bridge and being absent from work. His name is Moshiar Rahman. He was last ASP of Mirsrai Circle.

In 2018, he was temporarily suspended and attached to Sylhet Range DIG office in connection with the vandalism of the bridge toll plaza. However, he was absent from work there for about a year. In two separate incidents, the police officer was punished with five years and two years of ‘demotion to a lower pay grade’.

This information was given in a separate notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday (July 4).

It is said that on August 3, 2018, Karnaphuli Shah beat up the officials and employees in charge of Amanat Bridge with a government vehicle without permission. He broke the glass of the toll plaza box. He allowed several cars to be released without toll. Which was caught in the CCTV footage there.

When a departmental case was filed against Moshiar Rahman in this incident, he was attached to Sylhet Range DIG office.

The investigation committee formed in such cases by the police officer found the truth of the incident. He was later sentenced to ‘demotion to a lower pay grade’ for two years on charges of ‘misconduct’.

He will not receive any arrears of monetary benefits during the sentence, the notification said.

Apart from this, it has been said in a separate notification that ASP Moshiar Rahman, while attached to the Sylhet Range DIG office, was absent from work without permission for about 11 and a half months from September 17, 2020 to August 25 of the next year, and a departmental case was filed accusing him of absconding. At the end of which his complaint was proved beyond reasonable doubt after a long process, he was given a palliative penalty of ‘demotion to a lower step in pay grade’ for the next five years.

The notification also stated that he will not get any arrears of financial benefits for the next five years and will not be counted for salary increment during that period.