Bagerhat, June 6 (UNB) – Two bikers were killed and two others injured in a road accident at Maheshpur in Morelganj upazila on Wednesday night.
The deceased were identified as Swapan Saha, 25, son of Mahadeb Saha, and Shawon Khan, 24, son of Afzal Khan of Pirojpur district.
AKM Azizul Islam, officer-in-charge of Morelganj Police Station, said the accident took place around 8:30pm when two motorcycles crashed into each other.
The accident left the two riders of a bike dead on the spot and two of the other motorcycle injured.
The injured were taken to a local hospital.
The deceased met the tragedy when they went on a trip on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the OC said.
Thakurgaon, June 6 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members at Fakirganj in Pirganj upazila early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Monirul Islam Babul, 35, son of Maidul Islam of North Sujalpur in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur district.
Lt Col Gazi Nahid Uz Zaman, commanding officer of BGB-42, said a team of BGB arrested Babul from the bordering area on Wednesday night along with 112 bottles of Phensidyl and one bottle of wine.
Later, the team along with Babul conducted a drive at Fakirganj around 2am to recover more drugs, he said.
Sensing presence of the border guards, Babul’s associates opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight, Nahid said, adding that at one stage, Babul was caught in the line of fire and died while others managed to flee.
The BGB members also recovered 75 bottles of Phensidyl, one firearm, Tk 22,000 in cash and a sharp weapon from the spot, he said.
Finland, June 6 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged expatriate Awami League leaders and workers to give a befitting reply to the BNP-Jamaat nexus which is carrying out false propaganda and hatching conspiracies against the country.
"The BNP-Jamaat clique is out to tarnish the country's image by orchestrating conspiracies and carrying out false propaganda against the country. So, the expatriate Awami Leaders and activists will have to give a befitting reply to this," she told a reception in Helsinki on Wednesday evening.
All European Awami League and Finland Awami League accorded the reception to the Prime Minister at Hotel Kamp.
Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat alliance siphoned off huge money from the country which they earned illegally and they have appointed lobbyists with it to carry out false propaganda against the country.
The Prime Minister also directed the expatriate AL men to project Bangladesh's tremendous development abroad. "Those who will be successful in brightening the country’s image will be evaluated in the party properly," she said.
She said Eid holidaymakers were able to make almost hassle-free travel on roads during their Eid journey as better arrangements were made for rail, river and air communications for the homebound people.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said her government is working untiringly for the country’s development and people started getting its benefits.
Paying tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said the government is working tirelessly to materialise his dream of establishing a hunger- and -poverty-free Sonar Bangla.
About terrorism, militancy and corruption unleashed during the BNP-Jamaat rule, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh became champion in graft for five times when they were in power.
Blaming the BNP-Jamaat alliance for the 1/11 political changeover, she said the caretaker government took over power at that time due to the misdeeds of the BNP-Jamaat government.
Hasina recalled the cooperation of the expatriates to ensure her return to the country during the caretaker government and restore democracy in Bangladesh.
She also mentioned the contributions of the expatriates to the country's economic development.
Highlighting the country's massive socioeconomic uplift over the last 10 years, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh was once known as a country of famine, cyclone and tidal surge but now it is the role model of development in the world.
Pointing out her government's steps for expanding the social safety net programme, she said no single person will remain hungry and homeless.
Hasina said her government is setting up 100 special economic zones across the country for industrial development and employment generation.
She said the just-concluded OIC Summit held in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia adopted a resolution to take the Rohingya issue to the International Court of Justice following her proposal.
All European Awami League President Dr Nazrul Islam, UK chapter AL President Sultan Mahmud Sharif and Finland AL President Md Ali Ramjan also spoke on the occasion.
Sherpur, June 5 (UNB) - A fourth grader was reportedly raped by a young man in Sreebardi upazila on Wednesday, the Eid day.
According to police and family sources, the girl was a student of KG School at Uttara of the capital. Her father is a rickshaw-puller.
The girl went to her grandfather’s house in Shalmara village in the upazila to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with her relatives.
She was playing with other kids in Jankikhila Hafezia Madrasa field when Akram Hossain seduced her into going to a nearby house where he raped her.
Hearing victim’s screams, locals rushed in and caught him red-handed.
Later, he was handed over to police.
The girl was first taken to Sreebardi Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Sadar Hospital, said officer-in-charge of Sreebardi Police Station Ruhul Amin Talukder.
Bhola, June 5 (UNB) - A union parishad member and local Awami League leader has been stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants at Bheduria in Sadar upazila.
The deceased was identified as Hanif Mizhi, 50, member from ward-4 of Bheduria union parishad and AL vice-president of the ward.
Officer-in-charge of Bhola Model Police Station Sagir Miah said police recovered the body from a canal away from his home on Wednesday morning.
Hanif might have been killed on Tuesday night over previous enmity, he said.