Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) – A day-labourer and a young man were murdered in separate incidents in Narayanganj and Moulvibazar districts on Saturday.
In Narayanganj, a day-labourer was hacked and beaten to death over a land feud at Bagpara in Bandar upazila.
The deceased was identified as Abul Hossain, 50, a resident of the village.
Victim’s wife Taslima Begum said her husband and his elder brother Mostafa Hossain had long been at loggerheads over the ownership of a piece of land.
Both of them locked in an altercation in the morning over plucking mangoes from the disputed land. At one stage, Mostafa along with his family members swooped on Abul and hacked and beat him mercilessly, leaving him critically injured.
Later, he was taken to Narayanganj General Hospital where doctors declared him dead, she added.
Md Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bandar Police Station, said a case was filed by victim’s son Md Kajal Mia in this connection.
In Moulvibazar, Rubel Miah, 25, son of late Shaidullah of Hilalpur area, was killed in mass beating during a clash between two groups of alleged criminals.
Md Rashedul Islam, additional superintendent of police (Sadar Circle), said the clash ensued during an altercation between Rubel and his rivals in the afternoon.
He said they arrested Anwar Mia, Tuhin Mia and Sohel Mia in this connection.
Cox’s Bazar, May 11 (UNB) – A ‘listed drug dealer’ was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Maheskhalipara in Teknaf upazila early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Dudu Mia, son of late Sultan Ahmed of Nazirpara in the upazila.
Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Model Police Station, said police conducted a drive at Maheshkaripara around 3am along with Dudu Mia who was arrested earlier to recover Yaba pills and firearms.
As soon as police reached the spot, his cohorts opened fire aiming them, prompting them to shoot back triggering a gunfight.
At one stage, Dudu Mia was caught in the line of fire and received bullet injuries.
Later, he was taken to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Assistant sub-inspectors Sanjib and Nizam Uddin and constable Ibrahim also sustained injuries in the gunfight, the OC claimed, adding that they recovered five locally made firearms, 13 bullets and 4,000 Yaba pills from the spot.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) - Speakers at a national workshop here on Saturday underscored the need for creating awareness among people from all walks of life and ensuring strict enforcement of laws to reduce road accidents in the country.
Roads and Highways Department (RHD) organised the workshop on ‘Road Safety at Highway Intersections’ at Cirdap auditorium marking 5th UN Global Road Safety Week-2019.
AK Mohammad Fazlul Karim, Superintending Engineer of Road Design and Safety Circle at the RHD, presented the keynote paper titled ‘Study on Road Safety Hazards including Design of Countermeasures at Intersections on National and Regional Highway of Bangladesh’.
He mentioned that there are 754 dangerous intersections on 394 national and 360 regional highways of the country.
There are footbridges on 10 percent national highway intersections while 1 percent in regional highway intersections.
“There’s fixed space for bus stoppage on 14 percent of national highway intersections while 1 percent of regional highway intersections. There was no proper signaling system for drivers and pedestrians in 30 percent intersections. The main problems in intersections include illegal parking of CNG-run auto-rickshaws and leguna,” the keynote paper said.
It also suggested introducing continuous pedestrian walkway (100m-200m), guardrail protecting pedestrian walkway, appropriate curb design at crossing facility, pedestrian footbridge/underpass, preferable shaded, flashing amber light for pedestrian crossing (for vehicle); pedestrian crossing signal and lighting facility.
Recommendations also include rumble strip approaching intersection, surveillance camera, channelisation, drainage, installation of signs (all 3 types) and no large trees near intersection obstructing visibility.
Prof Dr Md Mizanur Rahman, director of the Accident Research Institute at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), said the road accidents must be reduced by 2020 to achieve SDGs.
“We, engineers, propose plans but these are not implemented properly. Some 24 percent drivers and 34 percent passengers die in road accidents in our country,” he said.
Prof Mizanur said engineers’ recommendations should be taken into consideration to bring discipline on roads.
Quoting of the UN, Nirapad Sarak Chai (We Demand Safe Roads) founder Ilias Kanchan said the road crash is not a disease but a man-made problem. “The road safety issue should be included in school textbooks and exam should be taken on the topics to create awareness. Besides, laws must be enforced strictly to bring all those responsible for road crashes to justice.”
As the chief guest of the event, Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam said the government may build footbridges but people have to use those. “So, awareness and enforcement of laws are needed.”
He also said they are arranging mass hearings to create awareness among people in different districts of the country. “We’ll take all the possible steps but everyone has to be responsible,” he also said.
Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department Ibne Alam Hasan who presided over the programme said they took various steps, including four-lane roads, to reduce road accidents. “Road accidents will come down by around 85 percent if intersections are properly used.”
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) – Two miscreants took turns to violate a madrasa girl before throwing her into a drain tying up her hands, legs and mouth in Jhenaidah district on Friday night.
Besides, three minor girls have reportedly been raped in Sherpur and Habiganj districts, a teenage girl has been ‘violated’ after being abducted from Sherpur and three people, including a union parishad member, have been arrested in a case filed over the ‘gang rape’ of a teenager who is now eight months pregnant in Chandpur district.
In Jhenaidah, the Class-X madrasa girl was ‘violated’ by two miscreants and thrown into a drain at Pretnitala in Kaliganj upazila on Friday night.
The victim was rescued from the drain early Saturday and a case was filed in this regard.
According to the case statement, the teenage girl went to nearby house to get the battery of their mobile phone recharged.
Al Amin, son of Abdur Rob of nearby Bittipara village, and his associate pounded on her while she was returning home and took her to a field where they raped her in turns.
Later, the alleged rapists threw her into a drain after tying her hands, legs and mouth.
Family members failed to find her even after a hectic search throughout the night.
Around 5am on Saturday, farmers found her lying on the drain and informed her family, said the case statement.
Later, police sent her to Sadar Hospital for medical test.
In Sherpur, two Class-I girls were raped allegedly by a 14-year-old boy in Nakla upazila on Thursday.
Police arrested the boy on Friday after their families lodged complaints over the incident.
According to the complaints, the boy took the two girls to a litchi orchard at Noyapara village on Thursday evening in the name of giving them the juicy fruit and raped them there.
He also threatened them with dire consequences if they disclosed the matter to anyone.
However, noticing change in their behaviour and movement, family members asked two girls when they disclosed the matter.
Meanwhile, the court sent the boy under the custody of a probationary district social welfare officer after police produced him before it on Saturday, said Kazi Shahnewaz, officer-in-charge of Nakla Police Station.
Besides, a young man reportedly abducted a Class-IX girl from the upazila on April 26 and raped her for several days after confining her to a house in the capital.
Police arrested the youth, Jahangir Alam, 24, son of Abdus Sattar of Madhya Nakla, from Hotapar in Gazipur on Friday and rescued the victim, said the OC.
A case was filed against five people over the incident.
All three victims were sent to Sadar Hospital for medical test, Shahnewaz said, adding that they will be produced before the court for their testimonies.
In Habiganj, a Class-I girl was allegedly raped by one of her neighbours at Kakura village in Baniachang upazila on Friday night.
The victim was first taken to Sadar Hospital and later sent to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College as her condition worsened.
Locals said the child was playing in front of her house on Friday night when Jahangir Mia, 20, son of Arjat Ali of nearby house allured her to a nearby bush where he violated her.
Hearing her screams, locals rushed in and rescued the girl, while the alleged rapist managed to flee from the spot.
Officer-in-charge of Baniachang Police Station Md Rashed Mobarak said they were trying to arrest the culprit.
In Chandpur, police on Saturday arrested three people, including a union parishad member, in a case filed over the ‘gang-rape’ of a teenager who is now eight months pregnant in Hajiganj upazila.
The arrestees were identified as Ohidul Islam, 60, UP member of Gandharabpur union; Emran Hossain, 19, son of Rafiqul Islam; and Aminul, 20, son of Sirajul Islam of Shibpur village in the upazila.
Three more accused in the case –- Rabbi, 18, son of Ismail; Meraj, 20, son of Billal Hossain; and arbitrator Mostafa Kamal Bikom, 65 -– are on the run.
The rape suspects and the victim are cousins and lived in the same house.
Ohidul and Mostafa have been accused of attempting to hush up the matter.
Alamgir Hossain, OC of Hajiganj Police Station, said the victim filed the case on Friday night.
Police said four youths had been violating the victim for quite some time. When the girl became pregnant, Ohidul and Mostafa tried to hide the incident by marrying her off to one of her rapists.
But before that, the duo took Tk 520,000 from the rapists and deposited the money in the victim’s bank account.
The marriage was scheduled for Saturday but it did not happen due to the filing of the case.
Police arrested the trio when they were trying to flee he launch terminal.
A Chandpur court sent them to jail after they were produced before it on Saturday.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) – Bangladesh and Canada have discussed ways to help students pursue higher studies in Canada through Student Partnership Programme (SPP).
Founder and Chairman of Canadian University of Bangladesh Dr Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat recently organised a meeting among diplomats, eminent businesspeople and key stakeholders focusing on the SPP between Bangladesh and Canada.
High Commissioner of Canada in Bangladesh Benoit Prefontaine and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Canada Mizanur Rahman attended the meeting held in Toronto, said a press release on Saturday.
SPP is an arrangement that provides quick and easy visa for studying in Canada.
The Canadian High Commission had previously entered into SPP arrangements with India and China which facilitated thousands of students from these two countries.
A large number of Bangladeshi students apply for studying in Canada each year but significant number of these applications gets declined as students are unable to meet eligibility criteria.
Once implemented, the proposed SPP in Bangladesh will result in faster visa processing, less documentation and streamlined admission and visa guidelines for all SPP participating institutions, said the press release.