Chattogram, Jan 29 (UNB) – A Chhatra League activist and his friend were killed as a truck rammed a motorcycle riding by them in Chandnaish upazila headquarters on Monday night.
The deceased were identified as the BCL activist Hamid Hasan Miskat, 22, son of late Mawlana Osman, resident of Purbakolaujan in Lohagara upazila and Md Riku of Patia upazila and also a student of Mohsin College.
The accident took place around 11 pm when the truck hit the motorcycle leaving Riku dead on the spot and Miskat critically injured, said Assistant Sub-inspector Alauddin of Chittagong Medical College Hospital outpost.
The injured was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 2:30 am on Tuesday.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday summoned four individuals including a representative of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director to appear before it on February 3, to explain why a wrong person had been languishing in jail for last three years in 33 cases.
The four summoned officials were a representative selected by the ACC director, representatives from Home and Law Ministry and plaintiff of the cases.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the suo moto order following a newspaper report under a headline “Wrong accused in jail in 33 cases: Sir I am Jahlam, not Salek.”
Supreme Court lawyer Amit Das Gupta placed the news report before the High Court.
The court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the wrong accused will not be excused from the case and why measures will not be taken to free him from jail.
Secretaries of Home Ministry, Law Ministry, ACC Chairman, ACC DG (Law), plaintiff of case, National Human Right Commission Chairman, IG Prison, Managing Director of Sonali Bank were asked to respond to the rule.
The report said Jahlam, a jute mill worker, has been serving in jail in place of real accused Abu Salek in 33 cases of embezzling Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank.
Jahlam’s will be completing 3 years in jail on February 6 and now ACC’s investigation found Jahlam innocent in one case and he secured bail in one case while waiting to get bail in rest of the cases.
The whole thing started five years back when a letter of ACC reached Jahlam’s house in Tangail asking him to appear before it at 9:30 am on December 18, 2014.
The letter also said Jahlam has embezzled Tk 18 crore from Sonali Bank using fake voucher.
Thakurgaon, Jan 28 (UNB) – Another Bangladeshi youth was shot dead by members of Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) in the Jagodal area in Ranishankail upazila on Monday afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Babu, 18, son of Ekramul Haque, a resident of Maradhar village in Haripur upazila here.
Locals said BSF members of Kokradah camp opened fire on a group of Bangladeshi nationals around 4 pm while they were returning to Bangladesh near border pillar no. 374, leaving Babu dead on the spot. Babu had crossed the border without valid documents, they added.
Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commander of BGB Thakurgaon-50 Battalion, said they have learned about the firing. “We called a flag meeting with BSF on Tuesday,” he said
On January 18, Bangladeshi youth Jahangir Alam Raju , 21, son of Badsha Mia, a resident of Shahanabad village in the same upazila was shot dead by BSF inside Indian territory along Dharmagarh border.
Jahangir died on the spot while some others managed to flee.
On January 22, Jenarul, son of Tofail of Taldangi village in Haripur upazila, was shot dead by BSF.
Although all the killings have occurred on Indian soil and the victims were there illegally, it is doubtful that they posed any threat to the BSF jawans, who must perceive a threat to their own security before engaging their firearms in such situations.
After dropping to their lowest level in 2018 since records started being kept, the 3 killings in the space of just 10 days, may represent an unwelcome reversal of that in 2019.
The BSF was termed “trigger happy” by Human Rights Watch in 2010, when border killings of Bangladeshis by BSF were far more frequent. According to Odhikar, Dhaka-based human rights advocates, 74 Bangladeshis were killed in BSF firing that year, and the number was 98 in 2009.
Last year, the number of such killings dropped to 11.
Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – Four personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar 2018.
Director General of Bangla Academy Poet Habibullah Siraji announced the names at a press briefing at the academy on Monday afternoon.
The award recipients are Poet Kazi Rosy (Poetry), Mohit Kamal (Literature), Syed Mohammad Shahed (Essay and Research) and Afsan Chowdhury (Literature on Liberation War Affairs).
The winners will receive a cheque for Tk 2 lakh and crests each.
However, awards are not being given for translation, biography and travelogue, drama, science, technology and environment, and juvenile literature categories this time.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the awards among the recipients at the inaugural ceremony of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on February 1.
Last year, twelve personalities were given the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar 2017.
Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award) is given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution to the field of Bengali language and literature.
Chandpur, Jan 28 (UNB) - The High Court on Monday granted bail to BNP international affairs secretary and former state minister ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon in 18 cases filed over extortion and various acts of violence, some 68 days after he was arrested.
The party’s lawyers, leaders and activities welcomed him as he came out from Chandpur jail.
Talking to media outside, Milon said, “Earlier I served 449 days jail and later served 68 days for the same case. I have nothing to say in this connection.”
Chandpur Judicial Magistrate Judge Mohammad Shafiul Azam sent him to jail when police produced him before the court in three cases filed with Kachua police station on charge of extortion and theft.
Earlier November 23, 2018, detectives in a drive arrested Milon from a house at Chwakbazar area in Chattogram city early Friday.
Mizanur Rahman, additional superintendent of Chandpur police, said a team of DB and Chandpur thana police conducted a joint drive at the residence of Shah Alam ‘Mamtaz Chayanir’ at Chatteshwari Road around 4:30 am and arrested Milon, international affairs secretary of BNP.
Mejbah Uddin, former district election officer, filed a case with Chandpur Sadar Model Police Station against Milon in 2009 for not submitting his election expenses return on time.
Earlier on Monday, his bail was sought in Chandpur District and Sessions Judge's Court and Additional Chief Magistrate's Court in 16 cases but the courts rejected the prayers.
A total of 28 cases against Milon, including on charges of extortion, stealing vanity bags and mugging, are under trial in courts in Chandpur.