A Bangladeshi youth died at sea while going to Spain from Morocco by boat.
Family sources said that Abu Ashraf, 18, a youth of Bishwanath upazila under Sylhet district, died as the boat he was on sank last Monday.
Abul Khayer, elder brother of the deceased, informed that Abu Ashraf at first went to Algeria from Bangladesh about 14 months ago paying Tk 15 lakh to a broker to get to Spain.
After spending almost the entire time since leaving home in Algeria, he moved to Morocco about 20 days ago. From Morocco, Abu Ashraf on Monday boarded a vessel to reach Spain. The day before boarding, he left a voicemail message for his family members through the social network IMO.
Since then, there was no contact between Abu Ashraf and his family. His cousin living in South Africa on Tuesday morning informed his relatives that the boat carrying Abu Ashraf sank in the Mediterranean Sea.
On Thursday afternoon, a relative in Spain confirmed to Abu Ashraf’s family members about his death, and that his body has been recovered and is currently being kept at a hospital in the Spanish city of Melilla.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom has descended among his family members. Father, mother, brothers and sisters all broke down.
Contacted, Abul Khayer, elder brother of Abu Ashraf, told UNB that “We can in no way bear this grief of the death of our beloved brother. We want to have a glimpse of our brother one last time and are trying to bring the body back home.”
Two individuals including a school student were killed and three others were injured after being dashed by a mini truck at Jhilotja union of Sadar upazila on Thursday.
The accident took place at Banglabazar area of the upazila at 3pm in the afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Mohammad Farhad, 16, a 10th grader of Khorulia High School and Abul Boshor, 70, of Moktarkul area.
Police could not confirm the identity of the injured.
Abu Abdullah, OC of Cox’s Bazar Tulbagan Hawa Crossing police station, informed that some people of a bridal party assembled at a marriage ceremony by the side of Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar Highway. However, at this time a Ramu -bound mini truck ploughed through the wedding crowd after losing control, leaving the two persons dead on the spot.
Later, the agitated people set the mini truck ablaze. Being informed, the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
Legal steps are being taken in this regard. The bodies of the deceased have been sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
A person was electrocuted and another one was injured while repairing the electric gridline of Ashuganj Fertiliser Factory here on Thursday.
The deceased Jewel Mia hailing from Cumilla was working as lineman of Ashuganj power supply office. Lineman Farid Mia was injured in the incident.
The incident took place at Natal math area by the side of Ashuganj railway station in the evening.
Abu Zafar, Deputy Assistant Engineer of Ashuganj electricity office, informed that Jewel Mia and Farid Mia both fell to the ground after coming into touch with a live wire while carrying out repair works on the 40-foot high pole by the side of the railway station in the evening to resolve a fault in the 33,000 volt power line of Ashuganj Fertiliser Factory.
Later their colleagues recovered their bodies and took them to a private hospital where the attending doctor declared Jewel Mia dead.
Meanwhile, injured Farid Mia was sent to the district Sadar hospital for better treatment.
Police on Thursday arrested an Indian citizen along with gold bars from the City Gate area of the Port City.
Members of Akbar Shah police station under Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested Indian national Ranjit Acharya, 52, while he was about to cross the police check post in the area on foot after disembarking from a bus.
At this time, two gold bars worth Tk 9.5 lakh, his Indian passport, INR 2,000, BDT 3,000 and a bus ticket were seized from his possession.
Mostafizur Rahman Chowdhury, OC of Akbar Shah police station, said their primary investigation found that the detained Indian citizen is a smuggler and he used to smuggle gold bars from Bangladesh to carry on his illegal business there.
He has smuggled gold from Bangladesh to India several times in the past, police said.
Case was lodged with Akbar Shah police station related to the seized gold bars, money and goods.
The High Court on Thursday directed former whip Syed Shahidul Haque Jamal to surrender within a week before the lower court in three cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the ACC against his acquittal.
It also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the acquittal in the three cases should not be scrapped.
Advocate Md Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the national anti-graft body while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state and Barrister Shafique Ahmed and Advocate MK Rahman stood for the former whip.
The same court on Wednesday directed Jamal to immediately surrender before the lower court in a case filed by the ACC for embezzling 10 tonnes of rice.
Earlier on September 23, the former whip was acquitted by a Barishal court in 20 such corruption cases.
The ACC filed a petition with the High Court challenging the verdicts.
ACC assistant director Abdur Rahim Joardar filed a case on June 25, 2009 accusing Udoykathi union parishad member Sukumar Boiragi of embezzling 10 tonnes of rice allocated for the victims of tidal surge and cyclone in the southern region of the country in 2006-2007 financial year.
On completion of investigation, ACC assistant director Md Wazed Ali Gazi pressed charges accusing two people, including former whip Jamal.