Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday night called upon all irrespective of their religion and caste to free the country from the ‘grasp of the current monstrous’ government.
“The current regime is a fascist and tyrannical one. I call upon all to get united forgetting all conflicts and misunderstanding to save the country,” he told a reception accorded to Hindu community members.
Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Kalyan Front arranged the programme at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office on the occasion of Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, to be celebrated in the country on Sunday
BNP senior leaders, including Fakhrul, and some Hindu community leaders addressed the programme.
Fakhrul alleged that the government has kept their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail unfairly. “Our leader (Khaleda) will be freed and democracy will be restored if we can defeat the current fascist regime.”
He also urged all to be imbued with the spirit of Lord Krishna to fight against untruth and injustice.
BNP standing committee members Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, chairperson’s advisers Prof Sukomal Barua and party central leaders Albert P Costa, Dipen Dewan, Sushil Barua and Tapan Majumder, among others were present at the programme.
Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) - Former Vice-chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) Professor Dr AKM Siddiq died of old age complications at his own residence in Gulsan area on Friday afternoon. He was 96.
He breathed his last around 3pm.
Dr AKM Siddiq, a professor of DU physics department, served as the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University from March 21, 1983, to August 16, 1983, and as pro-vice-chancellor from August 24, 1981, to August 22, 1985.
His first namaj-e-janaza was held at Gulshan after Isha prayers.
He will be buried at his village home Manikgonj district on Saturday.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman and Pro Vice-chancellor (administration) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad in a statement expressed deep shock at his death.
Meanwhile, former vice-chancellor of DU Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique also expressed profound shock at the death of Prof AKM Siddiq.
Rangpur, Aug 31 (UNB) – Police detained a man and his son from Hossain Nagar area in the city early Friday in connection with a case filed for torturing a school boy over theft charges.
The arrestees are Engrej Ali and his son Jahidul Islam of the area.
According to the case statement, Engrej and his son Jahidul caught 10-year-old schoolboy Limon, son of a day-labourer Delwar Hossain, on charges of stealing Tk 50 on Sunday (August 26), said Abu Maruf Hossain, additional superintendent of Rangpur Police.
Later, they tied up Limon with a tree and tortured him.
At one stage, he fell unconscious, witnesses said.
Being rescued by locals, Limon was admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.
Later on August 29, the accused persons tried to settle down the issue in arbitration and offered Tk 13,000 as fine to Limon’s family.
However, Limon’s parents denied taking the money and his brother filed a case with the local police station on Thursday night accusing the duo.
Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) – President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday said their alliance Jukta Front will resist if any undemocratic and unconstitutional force tries to come to power through a plot.
“We’ll resist if any undemocratic and unconstitutional government wants to come to power through a conspiracy,” he said.
B Chowdhury, also a former president, came up with the remarks while speaking at a post-Eid reunion arranged by BDB’s Dhaka north city unit at its Kuril Biswa Road office.
He also warned the current government that it will be forced to accept the demand for holding the next polls under a neutral administration.
The BDB chief said the Cabinet must be dissolved before the election and the army will have to be deployed one month before the election to 7-10 days after the polls.
He also opposed the Election Commission’s decision to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the national election. “It won’t be allowed to take the vote through EVMs.”
B Chowdhury said Jukta Front will not allow anyone to install an autocratic government as it is working for ensuring a politics of balance.
He said their alliance wants to forge a greater unity with all political parties, except those are anti-liberation ones, to ensure people’s justified rights.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) - A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday sentenced 78 people to different jail terms on charge of taking and selling drugs at the city’s Suhrawardy Udyan.
The mobile court of Rab-3 conducted the drive at the Udyan in the afternoon and detained over 100 people for their alleged involvement in taking and selling drugs inside the park, said sources at the Rab headquarters.
Later, it jailed 78 of them and released the others, they said.