- February 24, 2018
A Dhaka court yesterday permitted police to search BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office for explosives and a device which police claimed Khaleda uses to coordinate countrywide sabotage.
In their petition for a search warrant, the police also claimed that 14 accused, including Khaleda, of a case filed in connection with a crude bomb blast on Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan’s procession had been in that office.
Metropolitan Magistrate SM Masud Zaman heard the petition placed by Sub-Inspector Md Sohel Rana of Gulshan police and issued the warrant.
‘The country had suffered losses of over Tk120,000cr in the first 52 days of the blockade’The Finance Ministry yesterday paid out Tk29.49cr for another month of blockade and hartal policing, pushing security expenditures for the political showdown, now in its 55th day, up to Tk138.29cr.
Bangladesh Police received Tk19.49cr to cover patrolling costs and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) got Tk10cr to boost its rural presence.
Finance Division officials said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday approved a Home Ministry proposal to meet policing costs during the political showdown, especially targeting lawlessness outside the capital.
The government has decided to respond positively to a US offer to engage the FBI to investigate the motive for the murder of writer and blogger Avijit Roy.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali disclosed the matter while briefing members of the diplomatic corps on the current political situation yesterday, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.
He categorically stated that there was no room for engagement with entities that resorted to terror tactics in the name of political activities.
International geophysical companies urged the Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, widely known as Petrobangla, to extend the tenure of a 10-year offshore seismic survey project which is currently in its pre-bid stage.
The objective of the project is to carry out a marine 2D seismic survey of the sovereign offshore areas of Bangladesh on a non-exclusive multi-client basis in water depths ranging from 20 metres to 2,500 metres.
A Dhaka court yesterday condemned a man to death for raping and murdering his sister-in-law nine years ago.
Md Alamgir Hossain, 27, brother-in-law of victim Munni Akhter, was also awarded a 14-year jail sentence and a fine of Tk1 lakh in another section.
Tanzina Ismail, judge of Dhaka Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Tribunal 5, said the convict would have to serve two more years in prison for failure to pay the fine.
A Dhaka court yesterday extended the deadline to April 16 for submitting a probe report in the case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others on charges of killing 42 people in violence during the hartal-blockade of the 20-party alliance.
The other accused are BNP Standing Committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah and Khaleda’s two advisers Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and Prof Emajuddin Ahamed.
Criminal gangs, militants, and freelancing ruling party men are getting involved with arson and bomb blastsAs the BNP-led alliance’s non-stop action programme approaches its third month, with little let up in cases of arson and bus burning, the atrocities are gradually taking the shape of organised crime.
In countrywide joint drives, law enforcement agencies have so far arrested more than 7,000 people in connection with deadly violence since the blockade, which has claimed more than 70 lives, began on January 6.
The string of general strike and blockades enforced by the BNP-led alliance will soon come to a stop, said Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday without explaining how that would happen.
Terming the political opposition’s movement a complete joke, Nasim claimed the people had rejected their call to topple the government.
The High Court last week asked the government and the BNP leaders to explain why political activities, blockades and general strikes detrimental to education and people’s lives should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional.
It has been a different experience altogether for the Bangladeshi journalists who arrived in the beautiful city of Nelson in New Zealand to cover the Tigers’ upcoming World Cup game against Scotland this Thursday at Saxton Oval.
Police arrested a BNP man in possession of six petrol bombs and four crude bombs in a drive at Kacha Bazar of Akbar Shah in Chittagong city early yesterday.
The arrestee was Md Tipu Sultan alias Liton, 32, from Barguna district, said Sub-Inspector (SI) Raju Ahmed Gazi of Akbar Shah police station. Liton is also a local gangster of Akbar Shah, and an accused in several cases lodged with Khulshi and Panchlaish police stations, said the SI.
Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka today to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues between Bangladesh and India.
Though his stay will be close to 24 hours, Jaishankar is apparently coming with a lot of tasks as India is keen to extend support to Bangladesh in many areas not confining to two major pending issues – LBA and Teesta deal – between the two countries, said a diplomatic source.
Members of police in Shylhet have recently been come under attacks on several occasions by pickets during the hartals and blockade enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Some police have also been injured in the attacks while patrolling in different parts of the Sylhet city.
“We are doing our duties both in days and nights relentlessly. We always remain in fear of falling victim to attacks,” a SMP official said seeking anonymity.
A seven-member “sleeper cell” of militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team had been keeping an eye on slain blogger-writer Avijit and his wife Bonna right from when they stepped into the book fair, investigators have said.
In fact, the attackers have been keeping an eye on the progressive writer since the day he had come to Bangladesh from the USA.
The sleeper cell was controlled by Ansarullah Bangla’s leader Redwanul Azad Rana, a student of North South University, also a prime accused in the blogger Rajeeb Haider murder.
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders allagedly beat up three students of Rajshahi University (RU) on the campus yesterday.
The victims Shaon Uddin, Sajib Hossain and Tonmoy are masters’ students of finance and banking department of the university.
Jatiyotabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) RU unit president Imtiaz Ahmed claimed in a press release that the students were JCD activists.
People from all walks of life yesterday paid their last respect to slain writer-blogger Avijit Roy at the altar of Aparejeyo Bangla at the Dhaka University.
The body of Avijit was kept there from 10:40am to 11:45am for people to pay last tribute to the writer. One minute silent was observed before his body was taken to the place where he was murdered by Islamist fanatics.
People there placed floral wreaths on the place of the murder. The dead body of Avijit was then handed over to Dhaka Medical College Hospital Anatomy Department.
The contractors only finished the ground work and the abutment wall. The work has been stalled for the last five monthsThe construction work of the bridge on Shukh River in Khulna’s Dumuria upazila has not been completed even in two years.
As such hundreds of people of Magurkhali and Kopilmuni continue to suffer as the bridge is deemed very important for regional connectivity.
Ataul Gani, assistant engineer of Dumuria upazila said the contractor had finished 60 percent of the work so far and withdrew Tk32 lakh 62 thousand.
The time to finish the work has been extended till April 30.
On the fourth day of his 10-day remand, Nagorik Oikya Jote Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna was interrogated yesterday about the retired army officials with whom he had been in contact.
Officials of the Detective Branch of police placed before him the names and photos of some high-ranked ex-army personnel, government officials, noted civil society members and political leaders of the BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir.
Manna is on remand in a case filed with Gulshan police for his alleged involvement in inciting the army to take over power.
A vested quarter has been construction semi-permanent structures, mostly residential, on arable lands in Gosinga union of Sripur upazila of Gazipur.
The houses, made of tin, wood and bamboo, have been built in the same area through which gas pipelines to Sripur and other areas are supposed to be constructed.
Locals alleged that some powerful people leased the land from farmers and built the houses so that they can materialise a hefty compensation when the government would acquire those land for constructing the pipelines.
The RAB yesterday handed over to the Halishahar police – the four suspected militants who were arrested on Saturday in connection with the recovery of a large cache of explosives from Chittagong city’s Halishahar area.
Golam Rabbani, a deputy assistant director of RAB 7, also lodged a case under the anti-terrorism act with the Halishahar police station.
The joint assessment report of the UN and the Bangladesh on the Sundarban oil spill has made 10 specific recommendations to reduce risk and improve disaster management.
The report released yesterday said the government should control vessel movement through the Sela River inside the world’s largest mangrove forest.
It also suggested a ban should be imposed on vessel movement during nighttime.