Key militants flee as RAB drive continues
Key militants have managed to flee and avoid arrest by the Rapid Action Battalion in the force’s recent drives. The elite crime busters raided three militant dens and seized a huge cache of arms and sensitive documents over the last 10 days in Chittagong.
While they have arrested a number of militants, the hybrid law enforcement unit is unsure about which groups ran the dens that doubled as training centres.
Manna mystery man tracked down
The location of a previously unidentified Bangladeshi expatriate who spoke on Viber with Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna has been tracked down.
Identified only as “Mamun” – believed to be a nickname – the mysterious caller lives in Australia, Detective Branch (DB) officials told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Tigers reach Nelson for Scotland tie
Bangladesh players reached Nelson, New Zealand yesterday evening ahead of their fourth Pool A game against Scotland this Thursday at Saxton Oval. The Tigers, playing the Scots on the back of a 92-run defeat against the Lankans, will look to give a much better account of themselves in a new country and new surroundings.
3 burnt in Habiganj train arson
Three people were burnt in an arson attack on a train in Habiganj’s Madhabpur yesterday night.
Maya Begum, 40, her daughter Amina Khatun, 22, and Madhab Raudra, 30, were admitted to Habiganj Sadar Hospital shortly after the attack.
BNP urges fair Avijit probe
BNP in a press statement condemned the murder of writer Avijit and demanded fair probe into the incident.
“Killing of blogger Abhijir Roy in a secured place like Bangla Academy and TSC, proves that the government has failed to ensure people’s security, said BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed. “We harshly condemn and protest Abhijit killing and demand fair probe and trial.”
FBI to join search for Avijit killers
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation intends to get involved with the investigation into the murder of blogger-writer Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen.
On Friday, an FBI official stationed in Dhaka contacted the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
Justice eludes victims of militant attacks
Islamist militants were found responsible for the killing of at least 15 people including progressive teachers and bloggers committed in the last decade. But justice seems way too far.
None of the verdicts already given in three cases has been executed while the investigating agencies are still working on 11 of the cases and a court is now holding indictment hearing in another case.
Hanif: Khaleda, get ready for life in jail
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia should prepare herself for jail because her politics is over, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said yesterday.
“You [Khaleda] should prepare to be in prison, where you have to stay for the rest of your life,” he said.