- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Police yesterday arrested two people, including a student of Dhaka University (DU), during the written test of E unit on Chittagong University (CU) campus.
The arrestees were Kamrul Islam, 25, son of late Sayem Uddin of Kishoreganj and also student of Institute of Education and Research (IER) of the DU and Imran Hossain, 20, son of Iqbal Hossain, a resident of Nandirhat Hathazari and also a first year student of Anthropology of the CU, said police.
Police have arrested seven people suspected to be involved in the killing of Industrial Police Constable Mukul Hossain in the capital’s Ashulia area yesterday.
Ashulia police station OC Mohsin Kadir confirmed the arrests to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday and said police arrested the suspects in several raids conducted in the area.
A case was filed against unidentified attackers who also critically injured another constable, Nur-e-Alam, police sources said.
The family of the man dubbed the “big brother” behind the murder of Cesare Tavella by investigators has disputed the police’s account of his arrest.
Police detectives claim they arrested MA Matin, younger brother of former BNP-backed ward commissioner MA Quayum, from Benapole port late on Wednesday night.
Matin’s wife Dilruba Akther claims her husband was whisked away by plainclothesmen in a white microbus from in front of their Badda residence on the evening of October 20.
Police have claimed that they have been able to identify two suspects who hurled hand-made grenades at a crowd that gathered to bring out a Tazia procession from Hussaini Dalan premises on October 24.
A source in the investigation team yesterday said they were waiting for the opportune moment to arrest the duo.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner (Media) Muntasirul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that there had been significant progress in the case.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured assurance from the Hague that it would support Dhaka in water management, trade and investment, and climate change issues.
Bangladesh on the other hand has publicly supported the Netherlands’ candidature for the UN Security Council non-permanent seat for 2017-18 term.
Hasina went to the Netherlands on Tuesday on a three-day trip on the invitation of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
After analysing the security camera footage from the Aziz Supermarket, investigators are now looking for six suspects in publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan’s murder.
A senior DMP Detective Branch official, on condition of anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune they used footage from two of the market’s eight CCTV cameras to make a list of around 3,000 people who were near the crime scene at the time of the murder.
Law enforcers yesterday stopped a coffin procession by Gonojagoron Moncho, brought out to protest the killings of bloggers-publishers, that was heading towards the Home Ministry.
After the procession was halted near the secretariat, leaders and activists of the platform staged a sit-in demanding the resignation of the home minister. Over a hundred people, including activists from several student organisations, had joined the procession that started from Shahbagh around noon.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the government to take initiatives to hold a national dialogue for the sake of the country and its people.
“We hope that the government will take the initiative to hold a national dialogue leaving behind its authoritarian attitudes to overcome the crisis.”
She in the release also hoped that good sense would prevail in the government.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday strongly condemned continuing violent attacks against bloggers and publishers in Bangladesh.
He also called on the government to take urgent, concerted measures to ensure the protection of all those who are being threatened by extremists operating in the country.
“The state must not allow extremist groups to take matters into their own hands,” the high commissioner said in a statement.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police chief yesterday ordered police personnel to open fire at anyone who would attack a police petrol team or law enforcers working at a check post.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah gave the directive at a weekly meeting at the DMP Headquarters, said a Detective Branch official.
He quoted the commissioner as saying: “Miscreants shoot the police and flee the scene easily; this cannot happen. Police should also shoot them. In that case, no permission will be needed.
Two more prosecution witnesses yesterday testified in a Dhaka court against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Judge Abu Ahmad Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 recorded the depositions of AFM Jahangir, managing director of Metro Makers and Developers Ltd, and the company’s Deputy Managing Director (sales and marketing) Mainul Emran Chowdhury.
He also adjourned the trial until November 12 in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases.
Ending their insurgency, some 79 members of Mro National Party (MNP), an armed group, returned to normal life yesterday after surrendering arms to the government.
The MNP members surrendered their arms in two groups, one led by Menrum Mro and the other by Luhuf Mro, to the commander of Kurmukpata Army camp in Alikadam upazila through a ceremony.
The surrender was mediated by the Mro Social Council, a social organisation of the Mro community.
Resolving a leave-to-appeal plea, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on using the national anthem as ringtone and welcome tune by mobile phone operators yesterday.
The Appellate Division Bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha came up with the order following the plea filed by mobile phone operator Robi Axiata Limited.
The court ordered the operator to donate Tk30 lakhs to the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital.
Three persons were killed in gun battles with police in Jessore, Rajbari and Munshiganj early yesterday.
They were described as criminals by police.
In Jessore, 30-year-old Elias Mridha, who police said was an arms trader, died in a shootout that took place in Baropota area near Putkhali border.
He was the son of Latif Mridha of Kacharanda area of Rajbari and was detained with firearms on Tuesday.
Police said Elias became a fugitive as he escped from a police van while being taken to court on Wednesday noon.
Bangladeshi scuba divers, attached with the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, on Thursday searched the Nile for victims and the black box flight recorder from a plane crash in which at least 41 people died, reports AFP.
The divers were scouring the White Nile river around the crash site, the UN mission said.
Police and rescue workers recovered the bodies of 36 men, women and children among the wreckage of the An-12 cargo plane, which crashed into a farming community on an island in the White Nile river, seconds after departure.
The severe gas crisis is hampering household chores and hit production at industrial units in the port city.
The prolonged gas crisis in the city took a worse turn yesterday as supply went even lower than the previous days.
According to Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd, the supply of gas to Chittagong was 226 million cubic feet yesterday and 235 million cubic feet on Wednesday.
The gas supply for last seven days for domestic and industrial users stood at 290 million cubic feet on an average against the demand of 480 million cubic feet per day.
The Kotwali police and Detective Branch police during overnight joint drives from Wednesday night till Thursday morning arrested a total of 11 people in connection with clashes on Central Railway Building (CRB) premises in the city’s Tigerpass area.
Jashim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said they had arrested one person after conducting raids.
CMP DB’s Assistant Commissioner Mad Kamruzzaman said they had arrested 17 people.
Craig Ervine smashed 95 and was ably supported by half-centurions Sean Williams and Elton Chigumbura as the visiting Zimbabwe side romped to an easy seven-wicket victory over BCB Xi in their tour game in Fatullah yesterday.
It was a practice game that injected confidence in both sides. The rock hard batting surface, that became friendlier in the second-half, saw batsmen cash in on the opportunity to score runs as the big names made most out of the match before the ODI series kicks off tomorrow.
Soumya Sarkar has been ruled out from the ODI series against Zimbabwe with a side strain as Imrul Kayes replaced him in the Bangladesh squad.
Soumya picked up the injury during bowling at the nets on Tuesday before MRI reports confirmed the 22-year-old will be away from action for at least four weeks.
Imrul, who made 56 in the warm-up game yesterday, was picked ahead of another top-order batsman Anamul Haque Bijoy.
An officer of Zaber and Zubair Garment Industry Ltd of Noman Group at Tongi was hacked to death on Wednesday night.
The deceased was Syful Islam,28, Assistant Production Manager (APM) of the industry.
Sub-Inspector Aminul Islam of Tongi police station, said miscreants hacked Syful around 10pm while he was returning home in Pagar area near by the industry. He was living in the area at a rented house.
Locals rescued him in critical condition and sent to Tongi Hospital. He died on the way to the hospital.