- January 17, 2018
Strongly condemning the brutal murder of Bangladeshi-American blogger and writer Avijit Roy, the United States has said it would "stand ready to assist in the investigation if asked."
The attack was horrific in its brutality and cowardice, US state department spokesperson Jen Psaki told journalists at a regular press briefing in Washington, DC on Friday.
People from various social, cultural, professional, and political spheres gathered at Raju Bhaskarja in Dhaka University around 11:15am on Friday to protest the killing of blogger and writer Avijit Roy.
They demanded the immediate arrest of the killers and said the attack was on freedom of speech and democracy.
When mentioning the similar murders of Humayun Azad, Rajib Haider, and others by fundamentalists and militants, speakers at the mass protest termed the attack “an unacceptable failure of the government and the state.”
Friends and family of slain Bangladeshi-born blogger Avijit Roy said the outspoken humanist had been receiving death threats since 2012.
An engineer by profession, Avijit rose to prominence with Bangla-language blog site Mukto-mona, which promoted freedom of conscience, reason, and secularism.
A childhood friend, asking not to be named, said Avijit began to receive threats on numerous websites and from several Facebook accounts after the publication of Obisshasher Dorshon in 2012.
Alleged Islamist outfit claims responsibility for the killing on TwitterThe attack on author Avijit Roy and his wife was carried out by professional machete-wielding killers in a premeditated manner, investigators have said, adding that initial leads suggest that fundamentalist militants were behind the killing.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said Abhijit Roy was the first victim of a Viber conversation plot between BNP leader Sadeq Hossain Khoka and Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna.
Nasim also warned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia of dire consequences if she killed innocent people in the name of blockade and shutdowns.
Khaleda was involved in an anti-state conspiracy, as she was killing innocent people in collusion with militants and terrorists, he said at a press conference of the 14-party alliance.
According to the report, 122 indigenous women and girls were subjected to sexual and physical violence in 2014, up from 67
in 2013Two hundred and ten indigenous families fled Bangladesh in 2014 after being threatened or dispossessed of their land, a human rights report said.
In 2014, some 3,911 acres of land in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) had been taken over by state and non-state actors, and another 84,647 acres were in the process of being acquired and occupied.
The report said 500 people belonging to 150 families from the Alikadam-Thanchi Hills in Bandarban district migrated to Myanmar in the face of mounting insecurity in 2014.
Questions have been raised over police officers’ responsibility', centring on the attack on writer Avijit Roy and his wife on Dhaka University campus on Thursday night, as police are deployed at several points surrounding the place of the attack.
Bangla Academy had installed 40 CCTV cameras to ensure security for the Amar Ekushey Book Fair; there are also six police check posts in the area.
Witnesses said there were seven policemen on duty at the police barricade and the entrance of the Suhrawardy Udyan, and the place of the attack was just 25 yards away.
BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was placed on a fresh four-day remand yesterday in connection with an arson case filed with Mohammadpur police station in the capital.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Hasibul Haque passed the order after police produced him before the court seeking a seven-day remand in the case filed against him for arson on a vehicle near Geneva Camp at Mohammadpur on January 26.
Rizvi was produced before the court on completion of his three-day remand in another arson case filed with the same police station.
The borehole, to be, of the deep tube-well was ogling gaseous fuel.
Waiz Uddin was implementing a deep tube-well on the grounds of his home in Mirsarai, Chittagong. The people digging the hole suddenly smelt methane. They lit-up a matchstick and held it on the mouth of the hole – the air ignited.
When informed, the upazila chairman of the area brought along the executive officer and investigated the area. The gas outlet was closed, subsequently, and remains so till date.
Apart from interrogating Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, detectives are now analysing his mobile phone call records.
Officials of the Detective Branch of Police have collected detailed call records of Manna’s phone over the last three months to get complete data on people with whom he had maintained contact and the political identities of those people.
Owners of road transports damaged in political violence are yet to get any compensation in Barisal.
Leaders of Bus and Truck Owners Associations in Nathullabad and Rupatali Central Terminals made the claim.
Aftab Hossain, president of Nathullabad Bus Owners’ Association, said: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday handed over cheques as financial assistance to the bus, truck and other vehicle owners who were affected in the ongoing hartal and blockade programmes enforced by the BNP- led 20-party alliance.”
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday claimed that BNP chief Khaleda Zia was trying to start a civil war in the country, which is why the number of murders increased in the capital.
Speaking to reporters at the district conference of Rotary International in Sylhet city yesterday, he said: “She is inciting murders in Dhaka because she wants a civil war to happen. But she will not succeed because the government will never allow it.”
He made the remark when asked about the European Union’s concern about a possible civil war in Bangladesh.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) called upon the people of the country to form an alternative left
political force to get rid of the negative politics of the two major political parties.
The left combine of the two parties said this at a rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital yesterday.
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) asserted that even after 40 years, Bangladesh still has no democracy and peace.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance has again called a fresh 72-hour nationwide hartal from Sunday 6am protesting killing of opposition members in the name of crossfire, mass arrests and demanding a snap poll.
BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed made the announcement through a press release yesterday afternoon.
He said the 72-hour strike from Sunday 6am to Wednesday 6am would be enforced on top of the ongoing indefinite nationwide transport blockade.
Milk trader Faruk wishes that the monsoon in their area was eternal because when there is water everywhere he makes much more profit than when it is dry.
The richest and the poorest alike, residents of a shoal named Char Ashariya Daho on Padma River in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi district have to walk at least 6km for two and a half hours to reach the nearest human settlement.
That journey to the nearest human settlement is interrupted at least twice in the middle by two water bodies which have to be crossed on boats.
The jute industry, which is already suffering due to the lack of raw products and the on going political violence, is further troubled with the increased price of jute batching oil (JBO).
JBO is an essential element in processing the raw jute. The jute mills mainly use the oil to soften the raw jute before it is put in a machine. The sudden rise in the price has forced the jute mills in Khulna, Jessore, Faridpur and Gopalganj to spend an extra Tk3 crore.
Though it is possible to buy the raw jute in credit, the owners must pay in advance to get the JBO.
Khaleda Zia, in a reply to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressed her willingness to sit for talks in order to resolve the ongoing political crisis; she also highlighted negative statements ruling party leaders have been delivering regarding a possible dialogue.
She also made a point to mention her seven-point demand she had earlier made through a press statement on January 5 this year.
A member of the BNP Standing Committee has delivered the letter to the UN, a senior BNP leader confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune last night.
Five books have been shortlisted for the Gemcon Sahitya Puroshkar (Literary Award) 2015. The announcement was made by Gemcon Group in a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity Auditorium in the capital yesterday.
The five short-listed books are: “Kaler Kopol Tawle” by Jatin Sarkar, “Immigration” by Salma Bani, “Moyur Singhashon” by Shaheen Akhtar, “Onno Ek Golpokarer Golpo Niye Golpo” by Shahaduzzaman, and “Kachhey Durer Gaan” by Prosanto Mridha.
After an overnight drive from Thursday night till early yesterday morning, police nabbed eight members of a notorious inter-district gang of thieves from Chittagong city’s Kolpolok Residential Area under Bakalia Police Station.
The arrestees are Mohammad Rubel, 18, Mohammad Siraz, 20, Mohammad Liton, 28, Mohammad Jasim, 29, Mohammad Nabi, 20, Mohammad Jewel, 18, Mohammad Kashem, 25, and Mohammad Masud, 30, police said.
Two years into the attack that damaged the Kansat Palli Bidyut headquarters in Chapainawabganj, the perpetrators are yet to be brought under justice.
Following the incident, three cases were filed and arrest warrants were also issued against a number of accused. However, police could not yet book any of them.
On February 28 of 2013, a group of activists, who allegedly belonged to the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, went on a rampage following the verdict against war crimes accused Delwar Hossain Sayedee.