Border killings unfortunate for Bangladesh; shameful for India: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday reiterated that the border killing is a matter of shame for India and unfortunate for Bangladesh as Bangladeshis are losing their lives.

“I always say, it’s unfortunate for us and it’s a matter of shame for India… I’ve no other answer to that,” he said while responding to a question at a media briefing at his ministry.

Dr Momen said the decision was taken at the level of heads of government and also at various levels that the two countries do not want to see any killing along the Bangladesh-India border and there was a verbal decision that no lethal weapon will be used. “But it happens from time to time.”

During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in March this year, both leaders emphasized the importance of effective border management for ensuring a tranquil, stable and crime free border.

The two sides agreed that any death along the border is a matter of concern and directed the border guarding forces concerned to enhance people-oriented measures for ensuring border security and bringing down such death of civilians to a zero level, according to the joint statement.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Wrong instructions to SSC candidates: Natore teacher suspended for 5 years

A teacher in Natore’s Bagatipara has been suspended from all public examination duties for 5 years for misleading students on the first day of SSC exams Sunday.

Zainul Abedin, teacher in charge of the exam center at Bagatipara Government Pilot High School, instructed 170 students to fill up all 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) though the board instructions said 12 out of 25.

All the students followed his wrong instruction in the Physics exam.

After the exam, when they found out that they were given wrong instructions and their exam copies are in danger of getting disqualified, the students together went to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Priyanka Devi Pal, who talked to the concerned broad authorities and assured that the 170 students would get marks on the basis of 12 MCQs.

The UNO also ordered the suspension of the teacher for the act that left the students’ future in uncertainty.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

3 members of fraud question leak gang held in city

Detectives have arrested three members of a fraud gang on charge of cheating people in the name of providing leaked Secondary School Certificate (SSC) question paper.

The arrestees are Karimullah, a second year student of Tongi Government College, Al Rafi Tutul, a second year student of Mohanganj Government College and Abdullah Al Maruf, a third year student of Habibullah Bahar College.

According to a media release of DMP Headquarters, a team of DB police arrested them after conducting several drives in Dhaka’s Uttara, Gazipur’s Pubail and Netrokona’s Mohanganj area on Sunday morning.

The ring used to give advertisement from fake accounts on messengers and Facebook to provide questions of various education boards .

The number of followers of different pages and groups of this fraud gang is 4700, it said.

The arrestees assured the examinees and their guardians that they would provide question paper in exchange of Tk 500-2000 and they received the money in advance through Nagad, Bkash, Rocket with this assurance.

Legal process is underway in this regard, said the release.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

SSC examinee jumps off a building hours before exam

A SSC examinee died after he allegedly off a six-storied building in Rangpur hours before he was to sit for this year’s exam that began Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Wasif Rayhan,17, a student of Rangpur Zila School and son of Abu Taher Md Masud, additional district commissioner of Rangpur.

Wasif jumped from the roof top of the building at Keranipara around 7 am, said Officer-in-Charge of Rangpur metropolitan Kotwali police station Hossain Ali quoting the family.

As no complaint was filed in this regard the body was handed over without any autopsy.

The reason behind the suicide could not be known yet, he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Two arrested for IGP’s signature fraud

Police have arrested two alleged fraudsters on charge of recommending a candidate for the post of constable forging the signature of Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed.

One of the two arrestees has been identified as Vishnu Barman, son of Niranjan Barmman of Jhalokathi district, while another one is Swapan Singh, son of Birandra Nath Sing of Patuakhali district.

The duo forged the signatures of the IGP and made a written recommendation to the district Superintendent Police (SP)of Bagerhat on October 21 stating the identity of a candidate for the post of constable, said AIG (media) of the Police Headquarters Md Kamruzzaman.

Based on secret information, the Police later raided and arrested the two fraudsters on Sunday.

A case was filed against the arrested accused at Fakirhat Model Police Station under the relevant law.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

RAB apprehends trio with over 65,000 Yaba pills

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested three alleged drug dealers along with 65,105 yaba pills hidden inside Betel leaf (paan) from Shyampur area of the capital on early Sunday.

The arrestees were identified as Mohammad Ayub, 35, Abdus Shukkur, 54, and Md Amir Hossain, 65.

The elite force had secret information that a group of organized drug dealers were stationed in the area adjacent to Postagola Fire Service under Shyampur Police Station with a huge consignment of contraband Yaba pills brought from the border districts hidden inside betel leaves.

Based on their information, an operational team of RAB-10 conducted a drive in the area just after midnight on Saturday (Sunday on the clock). Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the 4-5 drug dealers tried to flee the scene but three of them were caught by the elite force members, said ASP (media) Imran Khan of RAB.

Based on their information, the RAB members recovered 65, 105 yaba tablets, worth around Tk 1.95 crore searching the heap of betel leaves, he said.

During preliminary interrogation, they revealed that they are professional drug dealers. For some time now, they have been collecting Yaba tablets and other narcotics from different parts of Cox’s Bazar and supplying them to different parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka.

Law enforcers said there is an existing drug case in the name of Abdus Shukkur with Patenga Model Police Station.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

HC orders judicial inquiry into JNU teacher’s death

The High Court on Sunday ordered judicial inquiry into the death of Sayeda Nasrin Babli, an assistant professor of the History department of Jagannath University, to find out whether there was any negligence by the Square Hospital authorities in her treatment.

A bench of Justice Md Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Kamrul Islam Mollah passed the order and issued a rule questioning why the hospital authority’s negligence in her death should not be declared illegal, why an order should not be given to form a legal framework over the negligence in treatment and why the family of the deceased will not be paid a compensation of Tk 15 crore.

The court ordered formation of a three-member probe committee headed by a district judge to investigate the incident and submit a report within the next 60 days.

The two other members of the committee will a physician not below the rank of an associate professor at the Department of Medicine of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), and a law practitioner of the rank of Deputy Attorney General at the Attorney General’s Office.

Writ petitioner’s lawyer Barrister Manzoor Nahid confirmed the matter.

Earlier on October 12, Sayeda Nasrin Babli’s 5-year-old child filed the writ petition. Sayeda Nasreen Babli is the wife of Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Abdullah Al Mahmoud Bashar.

On June 20, Sayeda Nasrin was admitted to Square Hospital with Dengue fever and was shifted to ICU the following day. She was later put on life support as her condition deteriorated and she died on July 7.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Law minister defends CJ’s action against Raintree hotel rape case judge

Law Minister Anisul Haque on Sunday said that Chief Justice’s action against judge Mst Kamrunnahar was necessary as her observation over rape case would have misguided police.

The minister said this while talking with journalists at his office at the secretariat.

“Action against the judge will proceed following the laws and regulations and she will be asked to explain her comments,” he said.

Anisul said case filing against criminal offense is not barred by any time limitations. The minister pointed out that First Information Report (FIR) on assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was lodged 21 years after the incident.

“The judge in her observation has violated both constitutional human rights and judicial law by asking police not to accept any rape case 72 hours past the incident,” said Anisul.

He said that judges have full liberty to pass verdict according to their merit and law but in this case judge Kamrunnahar’s observation was offensive.

“This observation has some implications and consequences unlike many other wrong, illegal verdicts which later get settled at the appellate division. So the chief justice had to take necessary legal measures. “, he said

The minister denied passing any comment on the case verdict but he said the reporters shouldn’t write that judicial power has been snatched from the judge as it sounds illegal.

“The chief justice has the legal power to remove the judge from her position temporarily if found guilty”.

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Regarding spreading the wrong message from the observation Anisul said, “There is no chance of getting the wrong message after the government, executive division clearing its stand on the issue and the judicial division taking an immediate action.”

On Thursday, Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 Judge Mst Kamrunnahar acquitted all five accused from the charges of raping two girls in a hotel in the capital’s Banani area in 2017.

During the hearing the judge asked law enforcing forces to not take any rape case 72 hours after an incident as in this case the plaintiffs couldn’t prove their complaints.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Judge Kamrunnahar loses judicial power temporarily

Mosammat Kamrunnahar, Judge of the Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7, has been asked not to sit in the court from Sunday morning.

However, she has been attached to the law and justice department of the Law Ministry.

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain took the decision in consultation with senior justices of the Supreme Court (SC), revoking her judicial power temporarily, said an SC media release.

“As per the directive, Judge Kamrunnahar won’t be allowed to sit in the court from 9:30 am on Sunday,” the release said.

However, the SC also sent a letter to the Law Ministry seeking attachment of Judge Kamrunnahar to the Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Division after revoking her judicial powers temporarily.

The SC issued the press release a day after Law Minister Anisul Haque said he would send a letter to the Chief Justice seeking action against Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar for making an observation while delivering judgement in the Banani double rape case.

Five accused in the sensational Banani Raintree Hotel rape case were acquitted by the court of Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar.

In her judgement on Thursday, Kamrunnahar recommended the police not to accept rape cases 72 hours after the incidence.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Primary school girl forced into prostitution; parents arrested

Police have arrested three people, including the parents of a primary school girl for forcing her into prostitution in Barishal.

The arrestees are Nasreen Begum, the victim’s mother, Samsul Sikder, her father, and Anwar Hossain Hawladar, a honey trader in the city.

Kotwali Police station officer-in-charge (OC) Nurul Islam said the accused were arrested during a raid in Gazi Bari Mosque area of the city corporation’s Ward-15 New Circular Road in the early hours of Sunday.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by the teenager, a case was filed, said the OC. The arrested parents and trader were produced in the court today.

The court sent them to jail. The victim teenager has been kept at the victim support center.

It was learned that the teenage primary school girl was sexually assaulted 125 times in the last five months.

In the case statement the teenager mentioned that her parents traded drugs and women at home. For several months, her parents were talking about putting her prostitution.

As she refused, she was beaten and later in June her mother kept the girl in a room with Anwar, the honey trader, at his house where he sexually assaulted her.

On Saturday afternoon, the teenager managed to escape from the house and went to the office of the Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shahabuddin Khan and informed him of her ordeal.

The commissioner directed the Kotwali Model Police Station to take immediate legal action. Later, Kotwali Police raided the house and arrested the girl’s mother Nasreen Begum, father Samsul Sikder and honey trader Anwar Hossain Hawlader.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Robbery bid at ATM booth: 3 held in city

Police have arrested three people during their bid to loot money from the ATM booth of IFIC bank’s Badda branch in the city.

The arrestees are Md Rubel, Hridoy, and Mamun.

Police said the CCTV camera operator of IFIC bank’s head office called national emergency service number 999 when he found that a man was trying to break the vault at the booth entering there breaking a wall.

Inspector (investigation) of Badda police station Nure Alam Masud Siddique said a team of police rushed to the spot after getting the call and arrested a man from inside the booth.

Later, his two associates were arrested, he said.

A case was filed with the Badda police station in this regard, said the inspector.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Reduce fuel prices: Jatiya Party MPs to govt

Two Jatiya Party MPs — Mujibul Haque and Rustum Ali Faraji — on Sunday demanded the government reduce diesel prices to ease public sufferings.

“Common people, particularly the poorer section, are now suffering due to diesel price hike. I would like tell the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister either to reduce the price, or withdraw the recent decision, or make an alternative arrangement,” said Mujibul Haque (Kishoreganj-3), taking floor on point of order in Parliament.

He said the diesel price was suddenly raised at a time when people are trying to return to their normal life after two years of sufferings caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mujibul, also known as Chunnu, said the diesel price was increased by 23 percent this time, but such a big hike was not seen in the past.

Mujibul said the government took the decision at a time when people were going through a tough time due to the price hike of essentials. The diesel price hike also contributed to a rise in transport fare and the prices of essentials, adding to the woes of people, he added.

Later, another Jatiya Party MP, Rustum Ali Faraji (Pirojpur-3), asked the government to review its recent decision of diesel price hike, prioritizing the public interest.

“The government should either reduce the diesel price or give subsidies,” he added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh