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Update : 03 Nov 2014, 02:24 AM

Al-Badr commander Mir Quasem to die

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 yesterday awarded death sentence to notorious war criminal of 1971 Mir Quasem Ali, who has been playing a key role in recent years to foil the initiative of trying war crimes suspects by spending a large amount of money at home and abroad.

The tribunal convicted Quasem for his notorious role as a commander of al-Badr force (a para militia killing squad) in Chittagong where he had committed crimes against humanity during the War of Independence against the Pakistani occupation force.

The fine line between confidence and arrogance

War criminal Mir Quasem Ali yesterday dealt the death sentence handed down to him with overt arrogance, swearing “Shaitan” inside the courtroom, terming the verdict “directed” and showing the customary victory sign before leaving.

He was brought to the International Crimes Tribunal in the capital from the Kashimpur jail in Gazipur around 9:15am. He could be seen reading newspapers inside the court lockup while waiting before the court kicked off proceedings.

‘Al-Badr atrocities were against spirit of Islam’

Activities of al-Badr, the infamous killing squad of Jamaat-e-Islami that took the lives of many unarmed Bangalee civilians during the Liberation War in 1971, was against the spirit of Islam although they had committed atrocities in the name of the religion.

While delivering verdict against Mir Quasem ali yesterday, the second International Crimes Tribunal said Jamaat had claimed that the stance of the party and its the then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha – now known as Shibir – was in solidarity with Pakistan and for preserving Islam.

Jail Killing Day today

The 39th Jail Killing Day will be observed in the city as elsewhere across the country in a solemn manner today.

On this day in 1975, four national leaders and key-personalities in the Bangladesh government in exile acting president Syed Nazrul Islam, prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed and ministers Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamaruzzaman, who led successfully the Liberation War in absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971, were assassinated inside Dhaka Central Jail by the usurpers of state power of former president Khondoker Mostaque Ahmed government.

Solace for the victims of Quasem’s brutality

The verdict that awarded death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali who gained notoriety for torture on freedom fighters at Dalim Hotel in Chittagong brought some solace to the families of martyrs and other victims.

A guerrilla freedom fighter Jahangir Ali Chowdhury whom Al-Badr men tortured in presence of Mir Quasem Ali at a camp in Chittagong in his reaction said: “Today is like a Eid day for our family members. Still I have marks of torture on my body.”

Blackout cause yet unknown, but grid upgrade likely

While Power Ministry officials are urging the public to await the findings of an eight-member probe committee into the national power grid failure’s causes, other top officials seem to have determined what were and were not the causes of the grid failure.

The finance minister yesterday said: “It was the faulty transmission and distribution electricity lines that caused yesterday’s [Saturday] power shutdown, not the Indian power company that we import the power from.”

Pakistan home minister criticises Nizami death sentence

Pakistan’s Home Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed concern over the death sentence of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, Pakistan newspaper Dawn reported on Saturday.

In a statement, he said although what happened in Bangladesh was that country’s internal matter, Pakistan could not remain divorced from references to 1971 and its aftermath.

Policeman's son runs over a pedestrian in Banani

A jaywalking pedestrian was ran over and killed on the spot by a police high official's car in the capital's Banani area on Thursday afternoon, the first day of the three-day hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami.

The car is owned by Mozammel Hossain, additional deputy inspector-general at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police. His son, Jafar Sadik, 23, was driving the car at the time of the accident, sources said.

Birdem doctor shot at home in capital

Some unidentified criminals shot at and injured a senior medical officer  of Birdem Hospital at his own house in the capital’s Moghbazar area yesterday. 

Victim Md Abu Naser Muhit, 34, was later admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Huji-B getting military training from LeT

Members of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad Al-Islami Bangladesh (Huji-B) are receiving special military training from Pakistani militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the police have learned.

“At least seven members of Huji-B have returned to Bangladesh after getting military training from Lashkar-e-Taiba over the last two years. They also had plans to send other members to undergo training and join the so-called jihad,” said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of police.

8-member probe team to report on national power grid collapse

The government says it is preparing an investigation report on the failure of the national power grid that plunged the country into darkness on Saturday.

“I have requested the public to be patient for the next three working days to know the actual facts of the incident,” State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid told journalists yesterday at a press conference at Bidyut Bhaban in the city.

Train rams into truck, one killed

A man was killed and five other were injured as a train smashed into a sand laden truck at Bhabanipur Rail Crossing in Gouripur upazila, Mymensingh yesterday.

Railway Traffic Inspector Sazzad Hossain said a Mymensingh-bound mail train coming from Chittagong hit the sand-laden truck while it was crossing the rail track around 8:30 am, leaving the unidentified man, traveling on the railway engine, dead on the spot and five, including the train driver injured.

2nd phase of Jamaat hartal almost peaceful

The first day of countrywide 48-hour hartal, enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting its chief Matiur Rahman Nizami’s death penalty for committing war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War, passed off without any mentionable untoward incidents elsewhere in the country yesterday.

In the capital, activists of the party and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir brought out a flash procession in support of the shutdown at Paikpara in Mirpur around 6:40am. There was also another flash procession at Paltan intersection around 2pm where unruly activists vandalised at least six vehicles.

Peshmerga in Kobane fire rockets at ISIL

Iraqi Peshmerga forces have started combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane, less than 24 hours after arriving in the besieged Syrian town.

Peshmerga fighters in Kobane, a town near the Turkish border that has become a focal point in the battle against the armed group, fired at least six rockets from pick-up trucks at ISIL positions on Saturday.

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