- November 19, 2017
Members of the ruling party launched an attack on the motorcade of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at Banglamotor intersection yesterday, for the third consecutive day in five days during her election campaigns.
The attackers hurled bricks, stones, and sticks at the vehicles, leaving several vehicles including that of Khaleda damaged slightly.
A cool, soothing breeze swept across the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday while the Bangladesh cricketers were congratulating each other. Somehow, the pleasing weather matched the occasion as the Tigers registered a historic series sweep over Pakistan after a comprehensive eight-wicket win in the third and final ODI.
The army will not be deployed in election areas during the Dhaka and Chittagong city polls; rather they will act as a reserve force staying inside the cantonment.
The army will come out from the cantonment to act as a striking force if they are requested by the returning officers.
Amending an earlier decision, the Election Commission yesterday sent a revised letter to the Armed Forces Division stating that a single army battalion would perform election duty in each city corporation area for four days from April 26 to 29, Election Commission sources confirmed.
People have started calling a police hotline to provide leads on the Pohela Boishakh sexual assaults as well as sending in emails with pictures of the incidents, the DB chief has said.
“The pictures have provided some informative clues which we did not get earlier, and we are now analysing them,” Detective Branch Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Investigators suspect that the apparent bank heist in Ashulia that killed eight people including an alleged robber was not merely an incident of robbery; rather, it was a planned attack by Jamaat-Shibir or militants to “create political anarchy and turbulence” in the country.
Along with regular police officials, teams of the Detective Branch of police and elite force Rapid Action Battalion are investigating the case.
They came up with the view after interrogating two detained robbers – Borhan Mridha, 35, and Saiful Islam, 25.
Left student body Bangladesh Chhatra Union yesterday blamed police negligence for the delay in investigation in identifying the offenders who sexually harassed women during the Pohela Boishakh celebrations at Dhaka University campus.
“The CCTV footage clearly shows sexual harassment near Suhrawardy Udyan, but the cops are yet to acknowledge the incident, let alone arrest the perpetrators. It is shameful,” said Chhatra Union President Hasan Tarek while addressing a press conference at DU Madhur Canteen.
The High Court yesterday asked the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and the government officials concerned to explain on which grounds war criminal Ghulam Azam’s wife and his nephew were given VIP status at the Dhaka airport recently.
Questioning the legality of the action, the court issued a rule on its own volition asking the CAAB chairman, home secretary and four other government officials to explain in two weeks about the incident that took place on April 8.
Contrary to what the Awami League has claimed, investigators have found no signs of gunshots fired on any of their leaders during the recent attack on BNP Chief Khaleda Zia’s motorcade in Karwan Bazar in Dhaka.
Tejgaon police station SI Mansur Hossain Manik, investigation officer of both the cases filed by the Awami League and BNP in connection with Monday’s attack, told the Dhaka Tribune: “I have visited the place and not found any shells of a bullet at the spot where the Awami League said their leaders were shot at.”
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for DNCC Sayeed Khokon spent a busy day yesterday participating in rallies, view-exchange meetings and a discussion.
As part of his electioneering, he attended rallies at various points of wards 14, 15 and 22 in New Market, Hazaribagh, and Dhanmondi areas in the capital.
Different pro-Awami League professional bodies organised the rallies, view-exchange meetings and discussions.
Major mayoral hopefuls have welcomed the Election Commission’s decision of army deployment in the city corporation polls scheduled for April 28.
Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral aspirant Annisul Huq believes that it will have a positive influence on his election result.
“Now many more people will feel encouraged to go to polling centres,” he told reporters at Mirpur’s Jhilpara Bholaiya slum yesterday during his election campaign.
As the Dhaka city polls draw nearer, councillor aspirants in the capital are reportedly hiring contract killers to intimidate or even assassinate their rival candidates, police have said.
Detectives made the discovery following the arrests of three alleged arms traders and two suspected contract killers in the city yesterday.
It will take control of MA Aziz Stadium from April 27 for result announcementThe Election Commission yesterday imposed several restrictions on vehicular movement and city polls campaigning by outsiders in order to control law and order and curb poll-time offences.
Returning Officer Md Abdul Baten also announced their preparations for the election while talking to journalists after a meeting with local law enforcement agencies, intelligence forces and administration yesterday afternoon.
Zamir Uddin, one of the seven men killed during a bank heist in Ashulia’s Kathgarha on Tuesday, died while trying to stop a robber from escaping.
The 40-year-old was a tailor by profession and was working in a shop near the Kathgarha branch of Bangladesh Commerce Bank Limited when the robbery was committed.
His father-in-law, Selim Uddin, said yesterday that Zamir had come out of the shop after hearing a noise and saw some masked men running away from the bank.
A local terrorist in Brahmanbaria was claimed to have died during a gun battle between his associates and police early yesterday.
Uzzal, 30, son of Jhantu Mia of east Medda area, was killed in the gunfight that took place near a brick kiln in the Ghatura Satbaria area.
Three policemen – Brahmanbaria Sadar Model police station Officer-in-Charge Akul Chandra Biswas, Assistant Sub-Inspector Mehedi Hasan, and Constable Masud Mia – were also injured during the shootout.
The returning officer for the Chittagong City Corporation yesterday evening ordered the Chittagong Metropolitan Police to remove the officer in charge of the Khulshi Police Station, Mainul Islam Bhuiyan, within 24 hours as he was guilty of not discharging his duty properly.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, CCC Election’s Assistant Returning Officer said the RO issued a letter to the CMP Commissioner seeking the removal of the OC who failed to ensure security for the campaigners of a Chittagong mayoral candidate.
The International Crimes Tribunal 2 yesterday concluded arguments in the case against Muslim League leaders Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chhutu of Chapainawabganj.
The tribunal led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan kept the case for verdict, after recording the closing arguments placed by both the prosecution and the defence lawyers.
The prosecution claimed that they had been able to prove two out of the three charges pressed against the duo, while the defence denied that claim.
The Supreme Court yesterday asked the defence of convicted war criminal Mir Quasem Ali to submit a concise statement before it by May 20 in the appeal case filed against the Jamaat-e-Islami leader’s death sentence.
The four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order as the case appeared in the cause list.
Concise or summary statement contains the points on which the counsels would place arguments before the court.
A district court yesterday sentenced pervert serial killer Rasu Khan to death for killing garment worker Shahida after rape in 2008.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Arunav Chakrabarty ordered that he be hanged by the neck. Rasu was also given seven years’ jail and fined Tk60,000.
He has seven days to file an appeal with the High Court against the sentence.
Moreover, the court ordered police to take action against the investigation officer for negligence and inconsistencies in the probe report.
The elegant Soumya Sarkar made a majestic start to his international career but was unable to score big. Yesterday, however, he finally broke the shackles and smashed his maiden ODI hundred in his 10th match as Pakistan were bangla-washed following the third and final game in Mirpur.
The 22-year old announced himself as the next big thing in Bangladesh cricket during the recently concluded 2015 ICC World Cup Down Under, impressing everyone with his ability to strike the cricket ball cleanly.
Hosts Bangladesh rewrote the history books yesterday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium as they strode to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third ODI to register a historic whitewash.
Besides the Bangladesh bowlers, centurion Soumya Sarkar was one of the chief architects behind the victory while Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim played their part exceedingly well to give the Tigers their 10th overall series sweep. Soumya though stole the show for himself with a fine, unbeaten 127 off 110 balls, becoming the 14th Bangladesh cricketer to score a ODI hundred.