Mayor of Dewanganj municipality suspended for assaulting government agent

Shahnewaz Shahan Shah.

The government suspended the mayor of Dewanganj Municipality, Shahnewaz Shahan Shah, on Monday evening for assaulting the head of secondary education in Jamalpur district on Victory Day.

Local government, rural development and cooperatives suspended the mayor by issuing a notification.

As a complaint was filed against Mayor Shahnewaz and an investigation into the allegations against him began, the government suspended him under Section 31 (1) of the Local Government (Municipality ) of 2009, according to the notification.

He also said that the misconduct with the head of secondary education Md Meher Ullah by the mayor was beyond etiquette, amounting to misconduct, abuse of power and bad governance and this goes to the against the public interest.

Suspended Mayor Shahnewaz was also kicked out of the local Awami League unit on Monday for the same incident.

On December 16, Shahnewaz physically assaulted education manager Md Meher Ullah during a Victory Day program in the upazila.

Md Meher ran the program at the government high school in Dewanganj. He called out the names of officials inviting them to place wreaths in series.

As the mayor was the eighth in the series, he got angry and started verbally insulting Meher. When the officer protested, the mayor allegedly slapped him.

A complaint was filed against Shahnewaz with the local police station in this regard that day.

Melissa C. Keyes