- March 16, 2018
Law enforcers failed to prevent a grenade attack on a Tazia procession at Hussaini Dalan in the Chawkbazar area early Saturday despite having information about a possible attack beforehand.
A teenager was killed and over 100 Tazia procession participants injured in the early hours Saturday when at least three handmade grenades were blasted on the Hussaini Dalan premises during preparation for the traditional procession.
The intact grenades that police recovered from Hussaini Dalan after Saturday's blasts are similar to those recovered from Kamrangirchar and Chittagong earlier this month.
Investigators say that not only are these bombs similar, chances are very high that they had actually been made by the same person or group.
In the early hours of Saturday, several handmade grenades were exploded in the Hussaini Dalan area in the capital city’s Nazimuddin Road when Shia Muslim devotees were preparing for the traditional Tazia procession.
Anti-liberation forces are involved in the recent bomb blasts and the killings of two foreign nationals and an assistant sub-inspector, a minister and the police have said.
Police, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman expressed such statements at different programmes in the city yesterday.
They said such attacks were carried out to destabilise the country.
Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir are planning to foment violence in the country by killing VIPs and secular-minded people, a police detective has said.
According to the detective official, Jamaat and Shibir have already sent their trained operatives to the field to implement what has been called “Mission 1st November.”
A pending lawsuit by government employees could add more to the burdens of the exchequer as the costly Eighth National Pay Scale nears its official announcement date.
A 2011 High Court ruling, upheld in 2013 by the Appellate Division, found that civil servants who had been transferred from development to revenue project posts between 1972 and 1997 were entitled to receive full time scale and selection grade benefits.
The Awami League has blamed the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami for the bomb attack on the Shia gathering at Hossaini Dalan in Old Dhaka. Ruling party leaders said it was part of a planned conspiracy. “The BNP-Jamaat alliance is trying to create anarchy to destabilise the country to come to power through back door and save war criminals,” said AL Joint Secretary General Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif.
And this is why they have ordered their militant groups to do bombings, he said.
The brother of the 16-year-old boy slain in the Tazia bomb blasts cannot understand why his brother is dead.
Rashed Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune that his younger brother, Sazzad Hossain Sanju, a seventh grader, was standing next to the wall hit by an explosive device early on Saturday morning.
The brothers were visiting the Hussaini Dalan, a shrine central to the Shia observance to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, when it came under attack.
A freedom fighter has sued Maulana Shafi Uddin, central leader of erstwhile East Pakistan Nezam-e-Islami, and three others for committing crimes against humanity in Habiganj during the 1971 Liberation War.
Taking the case into cognisance, Judge Md Kauser of the Seventh Habiganj Judicial Magistrate and Cognisance Court ordered authorities concerned to forward the case to the International Crimes Tribunal, reports our correspondent.
Several foreign missions in Bangladesh have condemned the bomb attack on Shia Muslims’ gathering to observe Ashura in the capital in the wee hours of Saturday.
The attack killed one person and injured nearly 60 when the Shia devotees were about to bring out a procession from the Hussaini Dalan in Old Dhaka.
EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon strongly condemned the attack on the Shia community gathering, said a press release issued by the EU Embassy yesterday.
A district court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Awami League MP Manjurul Islam Liton in an attempted murder case filed over the shooting of a child early this month.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Waheduzzaman, also acting judge of the Sundarganj Cognisance Court, passed the order in the afternoon, defence counsel Md Sirajul Islam Babu told the Dhaka Tribune.
The Sundarganj lawmaker, who has been in jail since October 15, was not produced before the court during the hearing.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed five people, suspected to be involved in the murder of Assistant Sub-Inspector Ibrahim Hossain Mollah, on remand for six days.
Dhaka’s Metropolitan Magistrate Md Imdadul Haque issued the order after Detective Branch Inspector Md Selim Miah produced the accused – Yunus Ali, Sheikh Rafi Ahmed, Khandakar Mehedi Hasan, Toufiqur Rahman and Masud Rana Rifti – before the court.
The desired effectiveness of the national parliament is under question due to unprecedented appendage of the so-called opposition party, says a latest report prepared by the Bangladesh chapter of Transparency International.
Instead of acting against the government’s decisions, the main opposition, led by HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party, has been playing the role of a pat on the back, TIB said in the report named “Parliament Watch” at a press conference in the capital yesterday.
Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, chief counsel of death-row convict and Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid, yesterday blamed law enforcers for harassing defence lawyers of war crimes cases.
Mahbub, also president of Supreme Court Bar Association and an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, at a press conference in the Supreme Court auditorium claimed that law enforcers on October 22 went to the residence of Mujahid’s lawyer Shishir Manir and ransacked his house. The law enforcers also picked up Manir’s car driver, he said.
Involvement of street children in different criminal activities especially in stealing has increased in an alarming rate.
According to sources, most street children aged between seven and 16 years are doing different types of crimes.
The police on Saturday night busted an organised gang comprising of street children who are engaged in stealing of valuables from houses in the port city. The police unearthed the lifting syndicate after arresting two children from a slum located in Shantinagar area, Bakalia police station in Chittagong city.
Four people were killed and three others injured in a road accident on the Tangail-Mymensingh road in Madhupur upazila, Tangail.
Officer-in-Charge of Madhupur police station Shafikul Islam said a Tangail-bound truck had hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw coming from opposite direction in Gangair area at about 6:30am leaving Jony, 20, Malek, 60, Khalek, 44, and an unidentified man dead on the spot.
Construction of Bhulta flyover on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway is likely to begin in December this year with a view to make journey towards the country’s northeastern districts hassle-free.
People have to face huge traffic congestion at Bhulta point every day due to huge rush of traffic on the highway.
The Road Transport and Highways Division is going to sign a deal with the China Railway 24 Bureau Group Co Ltd-SPECTRA Engineers Ltd-Mohiuddin Builders and Engineers Joint Venture (CR24B-Spectra-MBELJV) in this regard.
At least 21 sand banks under five upazilas are illegally operating under the surveillance of Khagracchari district administration, disrupting collection of revenue and leading roads to collapse.
According to locals, there are 26 sand banks in five hilly upazilas of the district of which eight are in Manikchhari, seven in Matiranga, six in Ramgarh, four in Khagracchari sadar and one in Panchhari upazila.
An activist of District Juba league was hacked to death in Chayani-Tagba area under Chatkhil Municipality yesterday morning.
The deceased was identified as Tarek Hossain Swapan, 25, son of Siddiq Ullah of Jamader Bari under the same area.
“Tarek was sleeping in his room at about 11 am,” officer-in-charge of Chatkhil Police Station Md Nasim Uddin said, adding that Robin and his associates numbering four to five entered the room and chopped Tarek indiscriminately, leaving him seriously injured.
Police arrested three people yesterday in Sadar upazila for killing a housewife on Saturday for dowry.
Sources said Runa Khatun, daughter of Wahid Sheikh of Bijoypur village had been married off with Syful Islam of Laupala village under Sadar upazila three years back.
After the marriage, Syful and his family members started torture to Runa for dowry.
Police yesterday in a drive held a local ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami in connection with arson attack on February 6 in Sadar upazila. The arrested was Dr Abdur Rahim,55, owner of Rabea Clinic and ameer of Jamaat in the district.
Mehedi Hasan, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said on a tip-off, the police raided the house of Rahim at Terminal Road and arrested him.