Chandpur, May 11 (UNB) – Police here on Saturday arrested three people, including a union parishad member, in a case filed over the 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 Rafikul Islam; and Aminul, 20 son of Sirajul Islam of Shibpur village of 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 Mostofa have been accused of attempting to conceal the matter.
Alamgir Hossain, the officer-in-charge of Hajiganj Police Station, said that the victim filed the case on Friday night.
Police said four youths had been violating the victim for a quite some time. When the girl became pregnant, Ohidul and Mostofa tried to hide the incident by marrying her off to one of her rapists.
But before that, the duo took Tk 5,20,000 from the rapists and deposited the money in the victim’s bank account.
The marriage was scheduled for Saturday but the filing of case foiled it.
Police arrested the trio when they were trying to flee from the launch terminal. A Chandpur court sent them to jail after they were produced before it on Saturday.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB)- At least 1,552 people were killed in road accidents across Bangladesh between January and April this year.
As many as 1,495 accidents on various highways, national, inter-district and regional roads left 3,039 others injured, said the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, on Saturday.
The victims included 195 women and 268 children.
NCPSRR prepared the report based on 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.
According to it, 411 people, including 53 women and 71 children, lost lives and 725 others were injured in 383 accidents in January.
Some 401 accidents occurred in February where 415 people were killed and 884 others injured. Among the deceased, 58 were women and 62 children.
In March, 386 people, including 46 women and 82 children, were killed and 820 others were injured in 384 road crashes.
Some 327 accidents occurred in April killing 340 people and injuring 610 others. Among the deceased, 38 were women and 53 children.
NCPSRR General Secretary Ashis Kumar Dey told UNB that they identified 10 major reasons for an increase in road accidents.
They include – racing tendency among drivers and reckless driving; contractual leasing of vehicles on daily basis; employing drivers without licenses; lack of awareness of pedestrians and small vehicle drivers, especially motorcyclists; overloading; and overtaking tendency of drivers violating traffic rules.
Besides, driving without any break, plying of unfit vehicles, violation of traffic rules on long routes, increase of motorcycles and three-wheelers on roads and highways, and carrying passengers and goods in locally-made motorised vehicles also lead to accidents, he added.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) - A couple of Bangladeshi origin was jailed by a New Zealand court on Friday for exploiting migrant workers at their sweetshop in Auckland.
Mohammed Atiqul Islam and Nafisa Ahmed, both New Zealand citizens, forced their workers to work long hours. In one case, they did not allow a worker to take a day off in 14 months.
Atiqul and Nafisa were charged with human trafficking, exploitation of temporary workers, and other immigration-related charges, reports the New Zealand Herald.
The Auckland District Court jailed the man for four years and five months, and the woman for two years and six months, according to stuff.co.nz.
The court was told that the couple seized the workers’ passports, and paid them $6 an hour or less.
Charges brought against the couple by Immigration New Zealand included deceptively arranging the entry of two Bengali nationals into the country. They were also charged with human trafficking but were later found not guilty.
The offences came to light after two chefs at their sweetshop lodged complaints with the New Zealand authorities.
Kishoreganj, May 11 (UNB) – At least five people were injured on Saturday as an oil laden tank lorry exploded at Kuliarchar upazila in the district.
Four of the injured were identified as Salman, 12, son of Ratan Mia, Hakim, 27, son of Alam Mia, Naim, 18, son of Khokon Mia and Shafik, 26, son of Khorshed Alam.
Three among the injured were sent to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
Witnesses said a fuel oil laden tank lorry was sent to a workshop due to technical glitch at Agarpur Bus stand area of the upazila where around 10 am the lorry exploded with wired sound injuring five on the spot.
Officer-in-charge of Kuliarchar Police Station Abdul Hai Talukdar confirmed the matter.