Cumilla, Sept 13 (UNB) – A case was filed against a sub-inspector of police on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the killing of his brother-in-law at Doulatpur in the district on Tuesday.
The accused was identified as AHM Mahe Alam, SI of Mohammadia Bazar police investigation center in Noakhali district and brother in law of the victim Giasuddin. He is the elder brother of the wife of the deceased Sajeda Begum.
Giasuddin’s brother Kabir Hossain claimed Mahe Alam purchased a piece of land from Gias Uddin a landlord and owner of the shop in the area on condition of giving money a few days later.
Mahe Alam and Sajeda beat Gias and tied him up after Gias demanded the due.
At one stage, the alleged hanged Gias with the ceiling fan of his house.
Later, next-door neighbors recovered the body.
Mahe Alam’s wife Khodeja Alam claimed being a mentally-challenged man, Gias Uddin used to involve in brawls with his wife Sajeda. Following the feud, Sajeda gave her husband a good beating and finally tied his hands and legs.
Later, Gias hanged himself from the ceiling, according to her version.
Confirming the death incident, investigation officer of the case SI Shahidul Islam said it will become clear whether this was a killing or suicide after investigation process ends.
Jashore, Sept 13 (UNB) – Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained 18 Rohingya people including 10 children and four women suspecting that they were trying to enter into Indian territory through Amrakhali area near Benapole border on Thursday.
Being tipped-off, BGB men conducted a search at a Benapole-bound bus in the afternoon at the place and detained 18 Rohingya people who were displaced from Rakhine State of Myanmar, said Lt Col Ariful Haque, commanding officer of BGB-49.
The detainees were handed over to Benapole Port Police Station and a case was filed with the police station, Ariful added added.
Bogura, Sept 13 (UNB) – A woman was killed allegedly after being raped while a man was beaten to death in separate incidents at Dhupchanchia and Sadar upazilas on Thursday.
In Dhupchanchia upazila, some miscreants slaughtered a housewife after raping her while she was sleeping in her house at Barachapra village in the early hours.
The deceased, Afroza Begum, 26, wife of Abdul Mannan of the village, used to live most of the time alone as her husband stays outside for professional reason.
Police said some miscreants entered the house breaking open the tin door sometime after midnight and slaughtered her after rape.
Victim’s daughter found her mother dead after waking up from the sleep in the morning.
The body was sent to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital for autopsy, said Shahidul Islam, inspector of Dhupchanchia Police Station.
In Sadar upazila, a man, Raja Mollah, 60, owner of an auto-rickshaw charging garage, was beaten to death over an argument with an auto-rickshaw driver.
Locals said Raja first beat up Ilias, who charged his rickshaw in the garage and allegedly never paid for it.
Ilias told about his assault to his family after returning home when his son being agitated rushed to Raja’s garage and beat him severely.
He was taken to the medical college hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Ilias and his son were arrested over the matter, said Additional Police Superintendent Sanatan Chakrabarti.
Shariatpur, Sep 13 (UNB) – Some 5081 families have been rendered homeless in Naria Upazila due to the violent erosion of Padma River in the district in recent weeks.
“We don’t want help, we want the embankment, people could make their livelihood by driving rickshaw or three wheeler if there was an embankment here,” said mother of two Mahamuda Begum, who has already been displaced four times previously due to river erosion.
Another victim of Padma erosion Azizul Madbar said “My house was 5 km away, this is the fourth time, I have brought down my house and rebuilt for river erosion, I have become depleted. Our rescue is only possible if Prime Minister looks upon us. Otherwise there is no one to save us.”
Juwel Bepari of the same area said he and his family were passing their days only half-a-kilometre away from the point at which the river is now, renting a place for Tk 6,000.
Meanwhile Monir Bepari said his family has taken shelter one kilometre away at a relative’s house, having sold a house they had spent Tk 15 lakh to build for just Tk 17,000.
Sufia Begum of Kedarpur village in the upazila had a large house and owned a shop at the historic but fast-disappearing Mulfatganj bazar, both of which were engulfed by the Padma.
“Within two months our wealthy condition turned into poverty,” she said.
The people affected in the region have become listless. With no rehabilitation program on the ground they are living under the open sky with no roof above them.
Though no significant damage was reported on Thursday, people of the river banks were passing their days in great fear. Around 200 houses were shifted – houses here tend to be the makeshift bamboo-and-tin type, keeping in mind the danger - from Banstala area of Naria upazila by the afternoon out of fear of the erosion approaching their area.
People were seen shifting houses, business establishments.
Affected people said no one from the government haa inquired about them, nor taken any steps for their shelter. The political leaders come to them “only during the election”.
They don’t want food or money but want only a shed above their head and an embankment, they said.
Within one week different government and private buildings of Mulfatganj Bazar were vandalised. Earlier on Monday night, most of the parts of the new building of Naria Upazila Health Complex went under the Padma water.
Emergency and Exterior departments of the hospital were operating in a residential building of the hospital campus but its main entrance was lost creating disruption in service.
No patients were seen taking treatment there due the erosion fear. Eleven more buildings of the hospital complex were under erosion threat while a crack has occurred in one building, witnesses said.
Naria Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sanzila Yasmin said according to the government reports a total of 5081 families has been left without shelter for the erosion in Padma.
“Spending 5 crore taka, a total of 1,10,000 sacks of Geo bags have been placed on the river banks to prevent the erosion. This has had a small effect,” she said.
Executive engineer of Shariatpur Water Development Board, Shafikul Islam said the project to protect river bank now cannot start until the water of the river recedes. The Water Development Board is the body responsible for building embanbkments.
“Though the prevention of river erosion was not possible in this moment but we were trying to reduce the intensity of the current by putting Geo bags. The project will start after the water decreases,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Abu Taher said 39 cyclone centres have been prepared for the erosion affected people. Rice and dry food were provided to the affected people. The government has taken initiative to distribute tin and cash money for rehabilitation of the affected people.
Manikganj, Sept 13 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment in a case filed for raping a woman in Ghior upazila in 2010.
The convict, Nanda Gopal Sarker, son of Nihar Chandra Sarker of Shibalay upazila, was also fined Tk 1 lakh. He was tried in absentia.
According to the prosecution, Nanda raped the woman on April 7, 2010. A case was filed with Ghior Police Station the following day.
After examining the witnesses and records, Judge of District and Session’s Judge Court Mohammad Ali Hossain delivered the verdict.