Dhaka, July 23 (UNB)- The leaders of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Oikya League (BSPMSOL) on Tuesday urged the government to stop disorder, corruption and harassment by police on roads.
They made the call while launching the BSPMSOL at Jatiya Press Club.
SM Shah Alam, convener of the organisation, said the BSPMSOL has been formed to prevent disorder, corruption and ensure security of owners and workers on roads.
“Police sergeants harass them in the pretext of checking vehicle documents and driving licenses,” he said.
BSPMSOL Member Secretary Md Ismail Hossain Bachhu demanded withdrawing “false cases” filed against transport owners and workers.
He also demanded arranging rest houses for labours at every bus and truck terminal as well as mobile hospitals for labourers injured in road accidents.
Welcoming the BSPMSOL, Prime Minister’s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, said he will assist the organisation.
“I hope you all will play roles to stop extortion and disorder in the transport sector,” he said.
Awami League adviser Mukul Bose also welcomed the organisation and asked its members to continue their activities against corruption in the sector.
Dhaka, Jul 23 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on an official visit to the UK, underwent a surgery in her left eye at a London hospital on Monday.
“The prime minister underwent the operation in her left eye at a hospital in the British capital on late Monday afternoon,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said over phone from London.
Sheikh Hasina, he said, is doing well after the surgery.
The Press Secretary said the prime minister had also digitally cleared a number of urgent files from the British capital.
“The prime minister disposed of a number of important electronic files (e-files) after reaching London on July 19,” he said.
Ihsanul said the prime minister is also monitoring Bangladesh’s flood situation round-the-clock and giving necessary directives to the ministers and officials concerned in this regard.
Sheikh Hasina went to London on July 19 to attend Bangladeshi envoys’ conference and other programmes.
The prime minister is expected to return home on August 5, the Press Secretary added.
Dhaka, Jul 23 (UNB) – A man was beaten by a mob before being handed over to police in Sirajganj and a woman was caught by locals at Nababganj in the capital over child-lifting rumours on Tuesday.
In Sirajganj, Alam, 32, son of Abdur Rahim, was caught trying to enter the Darul Quran Qawmi Madrasa in Paikpara in the sadar upazila through a window in the morning.
The students and locals beat him up and handed him over to police, said Sub-Inspector of Sadar Police Station M Hasan Mahmud Jewel.
Alam is a drug addict and a thief, he said.
In Dhaka’s Nababganj, a 25-year-old woman was held and handed over to police as she was walking suspiciously in front of Lyceum International School in Bagmara Bazar area around 11am.
Md Mojadded Hossain, a local, said they asked her a few questions but she failed to provide any satisfactory answer.
Later they took the woman to a nearby shop to prevent lynching and informed police, he said.
Officer-in-Charge of Nababganj Police Station Sheikh Billal Hossain said they were interrogating the woman.
Meanwhile, amid growing incidents over child-lifting rumours, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said people who are responsible for the killings will not be spared.
Six people have been killed and 15 others were injured in mob beatings triggered by rumours of child abduction, the minister told reporters at the Secretariat. Nine cases have been filed and 81 people have so far been arrested.
Dhaka, July 23 (UNB) – Amid growing incidents of mob attacks over child-lifting rumours, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said those who are responsible for the killings will not be spared.
About six people have been killed and 15 others injured in mob beatings triggered by rumours of child abduction, the minister told reporters at the Secretariat. Nine cases have been filed and 81 people arrested so far.
“Those who are responsible for the killings won’t be spared. They’ll be made accused in murder cases,” he said. “Everyone involved in such criminal offences will get the same punishment and the culprits will be identified from video footages.”
He asked all to call emergency 999 or take the suspects to the nearest police stations.
The minister urged all not to believe any news found on social media. “Many of those who spread rumours on social media have been arrested and the rest will be hunted down soon,” he said.
Asaduzzaman said police have already arrested seven people over the lynching of a woman in Badda following a child-lifting rumour. “Others involved in the incident will be identified and arrested,” he said.
Four more people have been arrested for spreading rumours about Padma Bridge.
Thakurgaon, Jul 23 (UNB) – At least four people were killed and 12 others injured in lightning strikes in Baliadangi and Ranisankail upazilas on Tuesday.
Three people were killed on the spot and 12 others were injured after being struck by lightning while working in a mango orchard in Baganbari village of Baliadangi at 2:30pm, said Officer-in-Charge of Baliadangi Police Station Mosadderul Haque.
The deceased were identified as Nurul Islam, 35, son of Bappa Mohammad; Rabiul Islam, 27, son of Abdul Karim; and Abdul Zabbar, 45, of Jagadal village in Ranisankail upazila.
The injured were taken to the Upazila Health Complex.
In a separate incident, a teenager was killed on the spot after he was struck by lightning while collecting ducks from a pond in Alsia village of Ranisankail upazila.
The deceased was identified as Abu Said, 13, son of Mansur Ali, said Abdul Mannan, OC of Ranisankail Police Station.