- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch (DB) yesterday arrested eight members of an inter-district robber gang that specialised in posing as police detectives in order to commit acts of robbery on the highways.
Long wanted by the police, the gang faces arrest warrants at many police stations in the capital.
Members of the gang posed as DB policemen on the highways, halting vehicles, looting passengers and leaving their victims to fend for themselves on lonely stretches of the road, DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Maruf Hossain Sarder said.
Police yesterday arrested a foreigner and three local bank officials in Dhaka in connection with the recent ATM card forgery.
Investigators suspect that two more foreigners and several other local bankers could have also had a hand to play with the recent ATM card forgery scam.
Police’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Monirul Islam, head of the newly formed Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, said these in a press briefing after arresting the four suspected debit card forgers yesterday.
A police vehicle speeding on the wrong side of the road has killed a private university student at Dhaka’s Banani.
Riaz Uddin Tipu, a BBA final-year student at ASA University, was on his motorcycle when a minibus without a number plate, requisitioned by police, hit him yesterday afternoon. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Tipu, 26, worked for mobile company Oppo. His colleague Bitin, who was pillion riding, was seriously injured, Banani police station’s Inspector (investigation) Waheduzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune.
The High Court has sought details on what punitive actions had been taken against 13 policemen who were found responsible for a clash at Tangail’s Kalihati upazila that left four people dead.
The inspector general of police and the DIG of Dhaka Range have been asked to submit a progress report on this regard by March 7.
Following submission of two probe reports, which were prepared on an earlier court order, the High Court bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order yesterday.
The country’s police department and the United States have expressed eagerness to continue their cooperation for combating terrorism.
They agreed that intelligence and technological assistance would be exchanged between them and the cooperation would be strengthened through the exchange of training, a press release of Bangladesh Police said.
According to the press release, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat said this during a meeting with Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque at Bangladesh Police headquarters yesterday morning.
The cabinet has approved a new pay scale for the judicial service, with changes similar to the eighth pay scale for public servants.
The nod came at a regular cabinet meeting yesterday, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Judges would get their new basic salaries from July 2015 and other allowances from July 2016 – similar to how civil servants are getting paid under the new scale, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters.
Coming down heavily on the Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam for publishing DGFI-supplied reports during the army-led caretaker government, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said he should quit after his confession if he has a little bit of self-dignity.
An evaluation committee has been tasked with submitting a report within 15 working days on the import of petroleum products for Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.
The seven-member committee, led by a director of BPC, was formed yesterday to evaluate the documents submitted by the tender bidders for the import.
The video testimony of a Bangladeshi trafficking victim rescued from an Indian brothel will help convict her alleged trafficker, and such depositions should become a part of efforts by both countries to curb trafficking, activists and lawyers say.
The 24-year-old woman, who was trafficked by her husband and rescued from a Mumbai brothel in 2014, gave her deposition last week by video link from Dhaka. It is probably the first time this was done in a cross-border trafficking case, said lawyer Kalpana Heere in Mumbai.
Non-MPO teachers yesterday went on a fast-unto-death strike in the capital demanding that their job be brought under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) facilities.
Under the banner of Non-MPO Bangladesh Shikkhak Oikya Parishad, the teachers were observing the indefinite hunger strike in front of National Press Club in the capital.
The High Court yesterday granted bail to Supreme Court lawyer Shakila Farzana in two cases filed over financing militant organisation Shaheed Hamza Brigade.
The bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque passed the order, disposing a rule over the bail order.
The court granted bail to the SC lawyer until the charge in the cases are framed, Shakila’s lawyer ZI Khan Panna told the Dhaka Tribune.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmine Jahan Nitto in a case filed against the couple for allegedly torturing their 11-year-old domestic help.
Judge Tanjina Ismail of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 5 fixed March 20 for recording deposition of witnesses in the case.
The couple, currently on bail, pleaded not guilty after the prosecution read out the charges brought against them.
A Habiganj court yesterday put two people on different terms of remand in connection with the killing of four schoolboys at Sundrateki village, Bahubal upazila.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Koushik Ahmed Khandaker placed Hadibur Rahman Arju on a seven-day remand while Abdul Bashir on a five-day remand.
Earlier, police produced Arju and Bashir before the court on Friday with a 10-day remand prayer for each.
A total of six people have so far been arrested in connection with the killing of the four schoolboys.
A court in Chittagong yesterday sent Nur Mohammed, chairman of Khan Jahan Ali Group, to jail after rejecting his bail prayer in much-talked about cocaine haul case.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Prosecution) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan saod: “The court of Metropolitan Abdul Kader sent accused Nur Mohammed to jail after rejection his bail petition in cocaine case”.
Earlier, Nur Mohammed was put on remand in two times after his arrest by the elite force Rapid Action Battalion on January 5.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has ordered BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to submit his explanation on his recent comment on the judiciary. Tomorrow.
A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order yesterday, rejecting the plea to submit the explanation by Fakhrul's lawyer.
Mirza Fakhrul, at a meeting of BNP’s Sylhet unit on February 7, said the government was trying to control the judiciary. He claimed that there was no democracy in the country, nor an independent judiciary.
The police arrested three people in possession of firearms from Paharika re-fueling station premises, Akbarshah police station in the port city yesterday.
The arrested were identified as Md Selim, 20, Mosharraf Hossain, 42, and Jahirul Islam Manik, 25.
The police also seized two locally manufactured LGs, one single shooter gun and two locally-manufactured one-barrel guns from their possession.
One day after the killing of a Hindu priest in Panchagarh, police have arrested three people – two of them members of JMB and the other from Shibir.
However, police have yet to be sure if they were really behind Sunday’s murder of Joggeshwar Roy, 50, priest of the Sonto Gaurio temple in Debiganj area, and injuring his neighbour Gopal Chandra Roy, 35, who tried to save the deceased.
A Supreme Court lawyer has sought ban on the publication or broadcasting of former Justice Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik's remarks on judiciary in the media.
SM Zulfiqure Ali, the lawyer, filed a writ petition with the High Court yesterday, seeking the ban.
On February 18, Zulfiqure wrote a letter to former Justice Manik, asking him to apologise before the nation for what he dubbed as “derogatory remarks against the chief justice and the judiciary.”
Parbatya Bengali Chhatra Parishad (PBCP), a hill tract-based Bengali student organisation, observed a daylong road blockade in the district yesterday protesting the killing of Azizul Haque Shanta, a motorcycle driver in Matiranga upazila.
The announcement came from a rally organised in Chengi Square area of the district town protesting the incident on Sunday.
Superintendent of Police Md Mazid Ali said all sorts of vehicles including passenger buses remained halt at Khagrachhari bus station during the road blockade.
Banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, allegedly involved in killing bloggers and secular writers, has been planning large-scale attacks on major establishments in Bangladesh, investigators claim.
Documents, outlining possible future attacks, were seized during raids on Ansarullah hideouts at Badda and Mohammadpur by newly-formed Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CT) and the Detective Branch, CT chief Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam said.