- December 15, 2017
Savar engineer sent to jail
Police yesterday asked for another 12 days to question Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza which collapsed on April 24 killing 819 people, in connection with two cases filed against him for the possession of contraband drugs and weapon.
A group of BCL activists attacked the police station to enter and supply food for two arrested drug dealers
Several members of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the pro-government student organisation, attacked and ransacked Kishoreganj sadar police station on Tuesday night.
Police say Shafiqul Gani Dali, joint convener of Kishoreganj Gurudayal Government College Chhatra League, attacked the station with a group of BCL activists because he was prevented from entering the station to supply food for two arrested drug dealers.
Madrasa students unaware of Hefazat rally
Scores of hospitalised madrasa students were unaware of the May 5 rally at Motijheel Shapla Chattar in the capital and now are bearing the brunt of Hefazat violence.
It is their religious mentors at madrasas who persuaded the impressionable teens to attend the rally of which they knew virtually nothing, say the injured and their family.
The May 5 and 6 mayhem in the wake of Hefazat rally left hundreds of students, belonging to different religious institutions, wounded. They are now counting hours on hospital beds.
Three students were injured as a bomb exploded in a primary school classroom on the outskirts of Faridpur town on Sunday.
The injured were identified as Nazmul Sardar, a student of class V, Rana, of class I, and Ashiq, of class II of West Gongabordhi Government Primary School, UNB reported.
Jakia Sultana, headmistress of the school, said the bomb exploded in a classroom when Nazmul was playing with a tobacco box wrapped in red scotch tape, leaving the three students injured.
A gang of criminals, numbering 6-7, swooped on the house, breaking open the door and opened fire on him
Miscreants stormed into the house of an Awami League activist and shot him to death at Ranjirpur village in BagerSadar upazila early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Binoy Krishna Das, 57, a ruling party man and son of late Ashutosh Das of the village. He used to run a shop at the village.
Police said a gang of criminals, numbering 6-7, swooped on the house of Binoy Krishna, breaking open the door in the early hours and opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot, a UNB report says.
They were in the capital to carry out sabotage ahead of BNP and Hefazat rally, claims Rab
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in an operation in the early hours of Saturday, arrested five Jamaat-e-Islami men, including two district-level leaders, with firearms, handmade bombs and pamphlets from the capital's Uttara and Fakirapool areas.
The arrestees were identified as Jamaat's Chapainawabganj unit Ameer Nazrul Islam, Mohammad Abdul Latif, Baitulmal Islami Foundation’s Chapainawabganj unit general secretary Mohammad Shahjahan and Feni district unit Nayeb-e-Ameer Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddique.
Firearms were found under the debris of Rana Plaza at Savar
A pistol and five rounds of ammunition were found under the debris of Rana Plaza at Savar on Friday.
Commander of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Major KM Ariful Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that at around 12.15am rescuers recovered the pistol, along with five rounds of bullets, under the debris and handed them over to Rab.
The pistol and bullets were recovered from Rana’s office, a detective branch official said.
Jobless female factory workers fall easy prey to human traffickers
Manowara came to the country’s capital city with many dreams – dreams for a better life and a better-educated generation after her.
She and her family of five, who depended on her earnings, had fought long and hard with grinding poverty in their village in the northwestern district of Kurigram.
The lowly wage she received when she joined a garment factory in Ashulia near Dhaka was not enough, by any stretch of the imagination, to pull her out of poverty, let alone fulfill her dreams.
Senior Judicial Magistrate recorded the confessional statement in his chamber
The confessional statements of the three suspects arrested for assisting Sohel Rana in his attempted escape have been recorded on Thursday.
The three suspects are Anil Das, Shah Alam Mithu and Abul Hasan. They have been indicted under the penal code on a case filed by Wali Ashraf Khan, sub inspector, Savar police station.
Detective Branch Inspector Mir Shahin Shah Parvez produced the three accused before the Chief Judicial Magistrate with a prayer for recording confessional statement.
Liton was always active against drug related businesses
Unidentified miscreants slaughtered a businessman at Zianagar under Dupchachia Upazila in Bogra on Wednesday night.
Reazuddin Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Dupchachia police said the victim, Mizanur Rahman Liton, a potato trader, was killed over land conflict with his rivals.
The locals, however, said Liton was always active against drug related businesses and often raised his voice against people involved in the business.
Registered in 2007, Phantom Tac is a joint venture between Bangladesh’s Phantom Apparels and Spain’s Textile Audit Company
Police officials are on the hunt for Spanish national David Mayor, the general manager of Phantom Tac Garment factory, which was housed in Rana Plaza.
Mayor is accused in 13 cases, along with his Bangladeshi partners and the owners of four other garment units, charged with gross negligence that led to the death of more than 380 workers.
As of yesterday, police did not know the whereabouts of Mayor. His partner Aminul Islam, chairman of Phantom Tac, was arrested on Saturday night.
Govt yet to take action against VC despite UGC recommendations
Teacher, students protest continue
The government is yet to take any action against the vice chancellor of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur even three months after the University Grants Commission’s recommendation.
The commission on January 29 recommended that the university Vice-Chancellor Abdul Jalil Miah be terminated for his alleged corruption and nepotism.
A three-member investigation committee of the University Grants Commission (UGC) made the recommendation, saying that it was not possible to resolve crisis of the university with VC in his post.
Locals say the MP rules from Mirpur through henchmen like Sohel Rana, and is elbow-deep in all underworld activities
Savar’s MP Talukdar Mohammad Tawhid Jang Murad came under the spotlight following the Rana Plaza collapse, after allegations surfaced about his connections to Sohel Rana, the building’s owner.
Immediately after the incident, Murad vigourously denied all his ties to Rana. However, various photographs began circulating in the media showing him giving Rana his blessings on a number of occasions. He also allegedly inaugurated the building, which collapsed on Wednesday claiming more than 370 lives and injuring hundreds.
Rana was trying to flee the country following prime minister’s order to arrest him on Friday, Rab DG says
Sohel Rana, the much-talked-about owner of the collapsed eight-storey Rana Plaza, has been brought to Dhaka Sunday afternoon hours after his arrest from Benapole in Jessore.
The helicopter of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) landed at Tejgaon old airport around 5pm from where he was taken to the elite force’s Uttara headquarters.
Bipul's body was found lying beside a railway track in the town
In two separate incidents, unidentified miscreants killed two persons in Bogra on Thursday night.
Bipul, who was a resident of Bogra town, was hacked to death by kidnappers after his family did not pay up the demanded Tk 300,000 ransom, local police said.
His body was found lying beside a railway track in the town, Bogra Sadar police’s Sub-Inspector Lal Mia said.
Meanwhile, Jakir Hossain, a leather trader of Sabgram area, was killed by unidentified criminals.
The minister stated that the home ministry and the foreign ministry are working to bring back Azad
Foreign minister Dipu Moni yesterday told the parliament that the government has no information on the whereabouts of absconding war criminal Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar who received the death sentence.
“Some dependable sources hinted that he was staying abroad. But the government is yet to receive any information of his [Azad’s] whereabouts,” she said while replying to a question from Faridunnahar Laily in a question-answer session.
They said several gangs were active in different parts of the capital snatching passports of those going abroad
The members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five members of a gang involved in snatching passports and extortion at the city’s Motijheel and Fakirerpool areas yesterday.
The detained are Sohel Hossain, Abdur Rahim, Abdullah Al Kaiyum, Saiful and Shahjahan. Six visa-stamped passports and 10 mobile phones were also recovered, Maj Sabbir Ahmed Siddique of Rab-3 told newsmen at a press briefing in the city’s Tikatuli area.
The Rohingyas were about to board a Kuwait Airways flight
Members of the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) yesterday arrested four Rohingyas at the Shahjalal International Airport, trying to leave the country using fake passports.
The Rohingyas identified as Jomir, 18, Abu Bakkar Siddique, 38, Taraf, 35, and Saa’d Ali, 20, all from the Maung Daw district of Myanmar were arrested at about 8am.
The APBn’s senior assistant superintendent Alamgir Hossain said: “The Rohingyas were about to board a Kuwait Airways flight to Saudi Arabia.”
Deceased was the president of Mirpur ward No 94 BCL president
Unknown criminals, on Sunday, shot a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) ward leader at East Kazipara in the capital’s Kafrul area.
The dead, Fazlul Haque alias Babu, 23, was the president of BCL’s ward 94 unit.
In protest of the murder, BCL activists halted traffic movement on the roads at Shewrapara around 1pm.
Kazi Wazed Ali, officer-in-charge of Kafrul police station, when asked about the stance of the activists, informed that the BCL men were demonstrating in the area.
Three AL men were killed and hundreds others injured during April 11 attack in Fatikchhari
A five-member probe body, formedby Deputy Commissioner, has quizzed the witnesses of April 11’s mayhem in Bhujpur area of Fatikchhari under the Chittagong district.
People from all walks of life, including local public leaders and journalists, answered to the queries in the office of Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) on Saturday, reported Banglanews24.
Later, the members of the committee visited Kazirhat area in the afternoon.