- March 18, 2018
155 cameras installed in 2009 have all ceased to function; existing ones only temporaryFive years ago, Dhaka Metropolitan Police installed more than 150 CCTV cameras at different points in Dhaka, hoping for better crime surveillance, command system and traffic control.
However, none of those closed-circuit television cameras, installed at that time at a cost of Tk61.39 lakh, are operational now.
Over 600 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in phases on different streets under Gulshan police station to bring the area under close vigil.
Of them, 100 CCTV cameras have already been installed.
The area covers Gulshan, Baridhara and Niketan, said Dhaka Metropolitan Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah at the inaugural programme of a project named Digital Track.
The project was initiated on January 7; It is entirely being financed by local businessmen. The DMP will manage the surveillance and maintenance of the project.
The secretarial review committee on the National Pay Commission has recommended a cumulative increment policy for public servants, instead of the existing time scale and selection grade, effective from this July.
Government employees will also be eligible for home loans – the minimum amount being worth 50 months’ salaries – at a very low interest rate, which officials hope may reduce corruption among public servants.
The existing interest rate, which is also known as bank rate, is 5%.
As Salahuddin Ahmed is already arrested in India, there is no question of issuing Interpol red notice, Bangladesh police chief said yesterday.
“The Delhi National Central Bureau [NCB] has informed its Dhaka unit that Salahuddin is now undergoing treatment in Meghalaya,” IGP AKM Shahidul Haque said.
Shahidul said Bangladesh has a criminal exchange treaty with India and “we will bring him back shortly.”
Law enforcers yesterday arrested four human smugglers from the capital’s Fakirerool along with seven aspiring migrants who sought illegal passage abroad.
The arrestees were Abdul Kuddus Mridha, Md Zafar, Md Biplob and Md Shah Uddin.
The seven seeking illegal passage were Md Masum Hossain, 22, Md Shaon, 27, Mostafizur Rahman, 24, Md Amjad, 36, Md Rejaul Islam, 35, Md Motahar, 33 and Saidul Islam, 23.
A lawsuit was filed yesterday in connection with Wednesday’s double murder in the capital’s Pallabi, with police saying that the investigation was zeroed in on business disputes and family affairs.
Sweety Khatun’s husband Jahidul Islam, an engineer of Desco, filed the case with Pallabi police station against two unidentified people.
Sweety, 24, and her husband’s maternal uncle Aminul Islam, 44, were killed in their Pallabi house Wednesday afternoon.
The government has approved a development spending of Tk97,000 crore for the next fiscal year, thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who influenced enhancing the figure by Tk4,500 crore from the actual proposal.
The allocation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) is 16.7% higher than Tk80,315 crore original outlay and 30% more than the Tk75,000 crore revised allocation of the outgoing fiscal year.
The National Economic Council (NEC) approved the ADP for the 2015-16 fiscal at a meeting, chaired by the prime minister.
A college student was hacked to death by the associates of a lawmaker during a clash over a dispute on land ownership in the capital’s Pallabi area yesterday afternoon.
The deceased, Abdur Rahman Chanchal, was caught in the middle of the clash between two rival groups in the area, one of which is affiliated with MA Awal, member of parliament from Lakshmipur 1 constituency and leader of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, locals told the Dhaka Tribune. Chanchal was a student at Bangabandhu College in Mirpur.
Police early yesterday arrested one person with 101 passports from the capital’s Darussalam area. The arrestee was identified as Shah Uddin, 48 of Comilla.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Mirpur zone Mohammad Jasim Uddin said they had raided a house at Bardhanbari area at around 2:30am being tipped off.
Police further said they had called the passport holders and learned that they paid Tk1 lakh to Tk1.5 lakh each for the passports.
Rapid Action Battalion 7 seized 500,000 yaba from a fishing boat at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port yesterday late at night and arrested seven smugglers in this connection.
RAB 7 Commanding Officer Lt Colonel Miftah Uddin Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune that they conducted the drive around 11pm and detained a fishing trawler, MT Hena, with six fishermen and a boatman following a tip-off.
He said: “The fishing trawler was coming from the direction of Myanmar. This gang was smuggling yaba for quite a while.”
Considering police’s final report, a Dhaka court yesterday exempted former Awami League MP Tipu Sultan, his wife and son from the charge of killing Dr Shamarukh Mahjabin.
On March 29, Investigation Officer of the case CID Assistant Superintendent of Police Munshi Ruhul Kuddus pressed the final report before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Kuddus said the victim had committed suicide on November 13 last year and that he did not find any clue of murder. He also submitted a prayer for the release of the accused.
The High Court has asked the government to explain in four weeks as to why it should not be directed to form a permanent task force to address human rights violations committed by law enforcers.
In response to a writ petition, the bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akanda also asked the government to explain why it should not be ordered to adopt a guideline or a policy to restore people’s confidence in the law enforcers.
The International Crimes Tribunal has fixed June 10 to decide whether to punish for contempt the 23 eminent citizens who did not apologise before it for their statement, issued expressing concern over the conviction of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman.
The court also asked those living in Bangladesh to be present before it.
The tribunal led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan fixed the date after hearing arguments from both the prosecution and defence, and three alleged contemnors.
The managing director of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), Taqsem A Khan, finally appeared before the Anti-Corruption Commission but secretly.
Taqsem was issued notice two times to face interrogation regarding irregularities in the proposed Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant Project (Phase 1) worth Tk3,509 crore.
On Wednesday, he called the commission and said he would appear before the commission, an ACC official said requesting anonymity.
International call traffic can now be monitored by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) as the High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition challenging the legality of the BTRC’s decision to monitor this traffic.
The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam passed the order after hearing arguments on the petition, BTRC’s lawyer Khandaker Reza-E-Raquib said.
At least seven people died in an outbreak of diarrhoea at remote Sajek area under Bhagaichari upazila of Rangamati district yesterday.
Bhagaichari upazila chairman Bororishi Chakma and headman Jipputong Tripura said 30 people of Shialdaha and Chaillatal villages became sick as the disease broke out in the area on Thursday.
Of the victims, Tarai Tripura,35, Bodratri Tripura,45, Teerbabu Tripura, 50, Lakshmi Tripura,30, Dirbora Tripura 30, Bidhamohon Tripura,85, Kushumoti Tripura,52, died.
Sources said army, BGB and police personnel visited the area.
At least two girls were raped in Munshiganj and Nilpahamari districts yesterday.
Our Munshiganj correspondent reports: A minor girl was violated brutally in Sreenagar upazila.
Police sources said Joy, 19, son of Jahangir of Kandugaon village raped the girl while she was sleeping in her room around 2.30pm. The parents of the girl were busy in their work outside of home at that time.
Later, an arbitaory was held in this connection where the rapist had to give Tk10,000 as compensation to the family.
Centring the tomorrow’s visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the district has been experiencing a busy and festive mood among the locals to give a warmth reception to her.
The whole district town is getting facelift touch, in line with which repair works of roads and bridges is also going on. Besides, the district has been covered with archways, banners and festoons.
Sources said the PM would inaugurate new projects promised by her earlier.
Joint Convenor of Gazipur district unit Sechchasebak League was arrested yesterday on charge of vandalising Gazipur Nagar Bhaban.
Officer-in-Charge of Joydebpur police station Khandaker Rezaul Hasan Reza said Shahjahan was arrested from his residence around 11:30pm.
A clash ensued between supporters of two contractors over work order at Gazipur City Corporation on Wednesday. During the clash, supporters of both groups vandalised several rooms and ransacked documents of the city corporation.
A variety of summer fruits are available in the market but people are reluctant to buy them as they are concerned about possible adulteration.
Mango, lychee, watermelon, pineapple and jackfruit are among the fruits that started arriving in the market more than a week ago, but the question that is preventing people from purchasing them is: Are we buying poison in place of fruits?
The uncontrolled use of formalin and carbide in fruits has repeatedly made headlines over the past few years but anti-chemical drives are yet to be carried out this year.