- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A number of police superintendents from different districts have alleged that they were facing interference from the ruling party leaders while investigating different criminal cases.
Addressing a quarterly crime conference at the Police Headquarters in Dhaka yesterday, the senior police officials said that the Awami League leaders tried to create barriers to investigations whenever the police moved against criminals having affiliation with those leaders.
Nahiyan is the nephew of State Minister for Labour Mujibul Huq ChunnuPolice’s Detective Branch yesterday arrested two key members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team for their suspected involvement in several incidents of murder and attack on secular activists including blogger Niladri Chatterjee.
One of them, Saad Al Nahiyan, is the nephew of State Minister for Labour Mujibul Huq Chunnu. He was arrested in Mirpur in the evening, detectives said. He is an evening MBA student at Dhaka University.
BNP leaders and activists are in a state of confusion over celebrating party chief Khaleda Zia’s birthday tomorrow as she has cancelled her London trip.
Khaleda was scheduled to fly to London tonight for medical check-up as well as to meet her elder son Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of the party.
Besides, she was scheduled to hold meetings with high profile politicians of the United Kingdom including Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.
However, on Wednesday night, the former premier called off the trip.
Self-confessed Bangabandhu killer Rashed Chowdhury has political asylum in the US; another killer Moslem Uddin, who was believed to be in India, is also located in the US, diplomatic sources have confirmed.
This is the first time Washington has made the status of Rashed Chowdhury clear.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Shahriar Alam in a meeting with US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat yesterday discussed the issue of repatriating the killers.
Two leaders of the ruling Awami League were shot dead while two others sustained bullet injuries in an attack by members of the rival group in the capital’s Badda area last night.
The incident took place around 9:30pm near Al Jami Hospital in Madhya Badda area.
Shamu Mollah and Manik died on the spot, Badda OC Abdul Jalil said adding that the incident had taken place due to an internal feud.
The absence of proper road engineering, lack of awareness of road safety and a faulty traffic management system are to be blamed for the spike in road fatalities, said speakers at a seminar in the capital yesterday.
They said the transport sector saw no major progress over the past few years in spite of the marked rise in the number of deaths on the road as the sector is highly politicised.
The seminar styled “Road safety in Bangladesh: progress and challenges” was arranged by Brac.
Bangladesh and India are planning to carry out a joint drive against currency counterfeiters and smugglers once both countries prepare and share respective criminal databases.
Bangladesh has already completed its own database of counterfeiters, terrorists and smugglers, and is now waiting for its neighbour’s database, said Additional Inspector General of Police Mokhlesur Rahman. As soon as the Indian database is received, the two sides would conduct the joint operation, he added.
Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Mizanur Rahman yesterday said the fragile state of the country’s rule of law leads to brutality in a society.
“The fragile state of the country’s rule of law is one of the prime reasons behind rise in the incidents of brutality and social unrest. In some cases, it’s hard to believe there’s rule of law in our society. We must come out of the culture of lawlessness,” he said.
Accusing the government of hatching a conspiracy, the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance yesterday said that nobody would be able to break their integrity.
“The government hatched a conspiracy to create division in the alliance during the farcical national election. The 20-party alliance’s unity is still strong,” said Nazrul Islam Khan, a standing committee member of BNP, in a press briefing at party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.
On Wednesday night, Khaleda held the first meeting of the alliance in nine months at the Gulshan office.
At least 16 students of Haritana Adarsha School at Pathorghata upazila in Barguna district fell sick in last two days due to unknown disease. Utpal Kumer Mitra, headmaster of the school, said 13 female students fell sick on Wednesday and they were admitted to Pathorghata Hospital. Three more students fell sick yesterday and they were also admitted to the hospital, he said.
Contacted Dr Anwarul Haque of the hospital, said the victims were given treatment. Nothing could be said specificly about the disesae, he said.
Authorities imposed a Section 144 ban on public gatherings at Phulchari under Gaibandha yesterday after two rival groups of the Bangladesh Chaatra League (BCL) called meetings on the day at the same spot.
The clampdown was imposed at noon as tensions mounted among the upazila BCL men and Udkhali union BCL activists over two meetings, said Md Atiar Rahman, officer-in-charge of Phulchari police station. He said the upazila and union level BCL activists arranged meetings in Kalibazar area differently to observe August 15 as National Mourning Day.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced the daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman to three years’ imprisonment in a 2010 case filed for not submitting his wealth statement.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Dhaka’s Third Special Judge’s Court handed down the verdict in presence of Mahmudur in the dock.
The court also fined him fined Tk1 lakh. In default, he would have to suffer one more month in jail in the case, filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2010.
A Dhaka court has fixed September 3 for the hearing on charge framing in the Tazreen fire case against 13 accused, including Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain.
Judge SM Quddus Zaman of Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court deferred the hearing on charge framing, for the second time, yesterday after the prosecution sought more time to prepare for the hearing on the petitions submitted by the defence.
The defence counsels had submitted petitions before the court seeking discharge of the accused from the charges.
The Supreme Court has found the daily Janakantha Editor and Publisher Atiqullah Khan Masud and its Executive Editor Swadesh Roy guilty of contempt of court.
The six-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday sentenced the contemnors to confinement until rising of the court. The verdict was pronounced around 10:15am and the judges left the courtroom around 1:15pm.
At least five activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League Madan Mohan College unit have been sued in connection with the killing of Abdul Ali.
Aklis Mia, father of the deceased, filed the case with Kotwali police station in the afternoon.
Accused of the case are Pranjit Das, Angur Mia, Rahul Kanti Dey, Masud and Tajjib.
Police arrested Pranjit and Rahul from different places of the city in the afternoon.
Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital have decided to keep bullet-hit Suraiya Begum with her mother in a cabin from next Sunday.
The baby, which sustained bullet injuries while still in her mother’s womb during a factional clash of Jubo League in Magura on July 23, was closely monitored by doctors and was not allowed to stay with her mother.
The mother, Nazma Begum, breastfed the child for the last one and a half weeks, six to seven times a day.
Khilafat-e-Islami Bangladesh has urged the government to take steps to ensure capital punishment for sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique and Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury for their alleged derogatory remarks against Islam and Allah.
Its leaders also demanded punishment for the country’s atheists, saying they have been continuously hurling derogatory comments on Islam in the name of secularism.
The demands were raised at a rally of the party in front of the north gate of Baitul Mukarram Mosque yesterday.
A Chittagong court yesterday again put six people on remand, who were arrested in the case filed over the seizure of liquid cocaine at Chittagong port in June.
Metropolitan Magistrate Rahmat Ali gave the order after Md Kamruzzaman, Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch assistant commissioner (north) and the investigating officer of the case, pleaded with the court to remand each of the arrestees for 10 days.
Chittagong Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Md Fakhruddin said the court remanded the six persons for different periods.
Greece’s ruling Syriza party edged towards a formal split yesterday, hours before rebel leftist lawmakers plan to vote against a new bailout deal to keep the country afloat.
With opposition support, the government is asking parliament to approve a €85bn billion euro bailout deal that Greece needs to avoid defaulting on a debt repayment next week.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday sought progress reports from the private universities, who have not shifted to their own campuses within the government-set deadline.
They were urged to submit the reports to the University Grants Commission (UGC) by September 30. The deadline ends next month.