Police in separate drives arrested 31 people, including eight alleged drug peddlers, on Thursday night.
Pankaj Chandra Roy, superintendent of Bagerhat police, said police conducted the drives in different places of the nine upazilas of the district and made the arrest.
They also recovered 165 Yaba tablets, 90 grams of hemp and 90 litres of spirit during the drives, he said.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a suspected drug dealer along with 47 litres of liquor from Navaran Bazar in Sharsha upazila of Jashore district on Thursday night.
The arrestee was identified as Ujjal Hossain, 25, son of Tota Mia of the upazila.
Lt Aminur Rahman, commander of Rab-6 Jashore camp, said a team of the elite force arrested Ujjal around 9:30pm and recovered the liquor from his possession.
A case was filed against him, the Rab official said.
BNP on Friday said the Appellate Division’s decision to defer the hearing on the bail petition of its chairperson Khaleda Zia is unprecedented.
“It’s said the situation in the High Court and Supreme Court (on Thursday) unprecedented. We also think such a decision (of the Appellate Division) is unprecedented,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “A former prime minister, whose condition is critical, filed a petition for bail, but the court had given time those who defied its order instead of giving importance to the petition. It’s unfortunate for the nation and the country.”
Pro-BNP student leaders of Dhaka University Central Students Union (Ducsu) and All- Party Students Unity (Apsu) of the 90s arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and marking the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad in 1990.
Fakhrul said the government and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) VC committed the contempt of court offence as they did not submit the report on Khaleda’s health condition before the court as per its directives. “We respect the Chief Justice and the judiciary. But we get surprised when action is not taken (for the contempt of court offence).”
On Thursday, the Appellate Division deferred until December 12 the hearing on Khaleda’s bail petition in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The court also asked the medical board, formed by the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to treat Khaleda Zia, to submit a report on her health condition before it within December 12, as they could not present the report Thursday as per the directive given on November 28.
Fakhrul said they have got aggrieved and angry as the Appellate Division did not give importance to their chairperson’s petition and take action against those who violated its directives.
He alleged that the Attorney General has been working to protect the interests of the ruling party instead of the state.
The BNP leader said Khaleda has the constitutional right to get bail when she is very sick. “Doctors said she may lose her life if she’s not immediately provided proper treatment. “That’s why we urged them to take steps for her treatment by freeing her from jail on humanitarian ground.”
Referring to the Prime Minister’s remark that Khaleda is fine, he said how the BSMMU VC dare say the BNP chief is ill when the Chief Executive of the government says she is not ill.
Fakhrul regretted that the media forgot December 6 is the ‘Fall of Autocracy Day’ as most newspapers did not highlight the significance of the day. “It seems to me that the media now think democracy is no longer necessary. It’s a matter of wonder.”
He also recalled Khaleda Zia’s outstanding and uncompromising role in the anti-autocracy movement and restoration of democracy in 1990 by removing the despotic ruler Ershad.
Police arrested a 4th class employee of Sadar Sub-registry office, who reportedly made huge wealth illegally, from the district town early Friday.
The arrested was identified as Yasin Mia, a peon of the office.
Muhammad Selim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model Police Station, said police arrested Yasin in the early hours.
On November 29, Md Mostafizur Rahman, Sadar upazila sub-registrar, filed a general diary after Yasin had gone missing. There was an allegation against him of embezzling money by making fake bank invoices.
He used to misappropriate money without depositing it in the designated bank account through making fake bank invoices.
Locals said Yasin has three houses in the district town among other assets.
After the matter came to light, Yasin had gone into hiding.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested 42 people for their alleged involvement in selling and consuming drugs during its ongoing anti-narcotic drive in the capital in the last 24 hours till 6am on Friday.
The Detective Branch (DB) and local police stations under the DMP carried out separate drives starting from 6am on Thursday.
During the drives, police recovered 880 Yaba tablets, 12 small packets containing 52 grams of heroin, 515 grams of hemp, 900 bottles of Phensidyl syrup and 35 ampules of sedatives from their possession, said DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman.
A total of 28 cases were filed with police stations concerned under Narcotics Control Act, he said.