MNREGA Funds Paid To Bangladeshi Citizens In Bengal's Murshidabad, TMC Leader Samsul Arfin Under Scanner

MNREGA Funds Paid To Bangladeshi Citizens In Bengal's Murshidabad, TMC Leader Samsul Arfin Under ScannerIndia-Bangladesh border (Wikimedia)

In West Bengal’s Murshidabad district, a part of Rs 7 Lakh collected under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MNREGA) was sent to people in Bangladesh.

The district administration has investigated the case and a first information report (FIR) was lodged against Samsul Arfin who made the fake job cards for his relatives including 13 of them who are citizens of Bangladesh, reports Hindustan Times.

Samsul Arfin is the upa-pradhan (deputy head) of the Trinamool Congress-run Gurapashla gram panchayat in the Nabagram area. The former block development officer (BDO) of Nabagram had lodged a police complaint after completing an internal probe, against which an FIR was registered in December 2019.

However, there has been no progress in the police probe although Calcutta High court rejected the petition moved by Arfin for anticipatory bail.

Nabagram block Congress president Mir Badam Ali said, “Arfin, a TMC leader, embezzled government funds and helped Bangladeshi nationals make money out of a Central government project.”