Sherpur, Jan 8 (UNB) – Syed Abul Hannan, a 1952 Language Movement veteran and a Freedom Fighter, died from old age complications at a private hospital in the capital early Tuesday. He was 87.
Abdul Hannan, also former principal of Sherpur Government College, breathed his last at City Hospital around 4:40 am.
He left behind his wife, two sons, three daughters and hosts of relatives to mourn his death.
The language hero will be buried at his family graveyard in Modyosheri area of the district town at 4:30 pm after a namaj-e-janaza at Sherpur Pouro Eidgah Maidan.
Locally known as ‘Hannan Sir’, the language hero was born on December 25, 1932.
He got involved with the Language Movement in 1952 when he was studying honours 1st year in Dhaka University. Hannan and his brother Syed Abus Sattar were arrested from a procession being carried out demanding ‘Bangla Basha’.
He was also an organiser of the Liberation War in 1971. For helping intellectuals and freedom fighters in Sherpur during liberation war, he was arrested three times and jailed for four months.
Jashore, Jan 8 (UNB) – The week-long ‘Madhu Mela’, an annual festival marking the birth anniversary of the pioneer of Bengali sonnets poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta, will begin at his birth place in Sagardari of Keshabpur upazila on January 22.
Marking the poet’s 195th birth anniversary, the festival will feature discussions, exhibition and cultural programmes.
This year, Jatra (a form of Bengali folk-theatre) will not be displayed to observe the fair in a healthy and beautiful environment.
The decision was taken at a preparatory meeting, presided over by deputy director Nur-e-Alam of Local Government Department, to celebrate the “Madhu Mela 2019” at the conference room of the district administration building on Monday.
Widely considered as one of the greatest poets in Bangla literature and a pioneer of Bangla sonnets, Madhusudan was born at Sagardari village on January 25, 1824.
He was educated at Hindu College in Kolkata and later converted to Christianity from Hinduism. He pioneered Bangla drama. His famous Meghnadh Bodh, a seminal work in Bangla literature, is a modern rendition of the heroic epic Ramayana.
Madhusudan’s genius and appeal was in his willingness to break from the past without abandoning it. His work ushered in the modern age for Bangla literature. He used the exceptional blank verse style in Bangla poetry.
He passed away at Kolkata General Hospital on June 29, 1873 and is buried there at Park Street.
Cox’s Bazar, Jan 8 (UNB) – Two suspected drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Domdomia of Teknaf upazila early Monday.
The deceased were identified as Sabbir Hossain, 25, son of Md Ibrahim Sheikh, hailing from Chitalmari upazila in Bagerhat district and Hafizur Rahman, 35, son of Md Abdul Matin of Savar upazila in Dhaka.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Shah Alam, acting company commander of Rab Teknaf office, said that when a covered van was crossing a Rab check post in the area around 2:30 am, the team gave it a signal to stop.
Denying signal, the drug traders opened fire on the Rab team, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.
The two ‘drug traders’ received bullets when they were trying to flee the scene and died on the spot.
However, two others managed to flee, said the Rab official.
The elite force team also recovered 40,000 pieces of Yaba tablets, a foreign revolver, a one-shooter gun and 11 round bullets from the spot.
Dhaka, Jan 7 (UNB) – Police recovered two bodies of four-year-old girls from ground floor of the seven storey building in Shahjalal road area in Demra of the city on Monday night.
The deceased were identified as Nursat, 4, daughter of Palash and Dola Akhter, 4, daughter of Faridul of the area.
On information, police recovered the bodies from the ground floor of the building, aid Siddiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Demra Police Station.
It is assumed that the girls were tortured and strangled to death as injuries found in different parts of the bodies, the OC added.
Dhaka, Jan 7 (UNB) – A case was filed on Monday for killing a two-year-old girl Ayshea Moni, killed after falling from three storey building at Gandaria in the city on Saturday evening.
Victim’s father filed the case with Gandaria Police Station accusing two brothers- Nahid, 45 and Lition, 50, after the tragic death of the girl on Saturday evening, said Inspector Mahabub Alam (investigation) of the police station.
According to the case statement, the victim girl’s family stayed a rented house near accused Nahid and Lition’s house.
On Sunday evening, Nahid took Moni to their three floor room and the girl cried to go to her mother.
At one stage, Nahid threw girl from the three stored building, leaving the critically injured. Later, the girl was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the doctors pronounced her dead.
But Nahid’s daughter found Moni was crying in her father room before the falling incident.
Police, however, started investigation of the case, the SI said.