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Biman's MD says it's under investigation

SSF rejects food supplied for PM without security tag

By Special Correspondent
30th-May-2017       
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The Special Security Force rejected some "untagged food," served the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while she was about to start for Austria boarding on an international flight of Bangladesh Biman (Boeing -777) on Monday, officials said.
The foods were served by the Biman Flight Catering Centre (BFCC) which is now under scanner for the "fault" or "negligence in duty" while serving food for the VVIP passenger.
The PM is now in Vienna on a two-day visit to attend an international conference organised by the UN's organisation International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to mark its 60th anniversary. Contacted, Managing Director of Bangladesh Biman A M Mosaddique Ahmed told The New Nation last night that they were investigating whether it was anybody's negligence or it was done deliberately.
 "Two fluxes containing soup were served for the PM where security tags were not attached. The investigators are screening the PM's food menu to see what kinds of foods were served in the flight….At present, nothing can be told without proper inquiry," the MD said.    
Officials said the PM started for Austria at 9:00 am on Monday with an entourage of over 100 persons. As per procedure, the members of SSF examined the food of the PM sent by the BFCC and kept those in a sealed room at about 3:00am.
Later, the foods were delivered to the flight loading a cart just before the plane took off. At that time, the SSF members observed that there were two fluxes in a polythene bag but there was no security tag. The fluxes contained soup. The SSF instantly returned the fluxes to the BFCC, officials said.
In the food menu of PM, there were also chicken soup and vegetable soup. The fluxes were containing the same soup. But why the fluxes did not go through the regular check of the SSF has poised a question to the security agencies.
Earlier, a VVIP flight of Bangladesh Bimam carrying Sheikh Hasina had made an emergency landing in Ashgabat, the capital of central Asian country Turkmenistan, on November 27 last year for technical glitch, while she was going to Hungary.
         

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