Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a suspected member of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Mirzapur area in Joydevpur upazila here on Monday night.
The arrestee was identified as Md Nuruddin Sheikh, 22, son of Md Badiuzzaman Sheikh, of Getia village in Sirajganj district.
Lt Col Abdullah Al Mamun, commander of a specialised company, Rab-1, said tipped-off that some ABT members met in the area, a Rab team conducted a drive and arrested Nuruddin at around 11:30 pm with some Jihadi books and two mobile phone sets.
Nuruddin reported confessed to police he got involved in the activities of ABT in 2017.
Legal action will be taken against him, said the Rab official.
An local activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants on Monday night in Aamtala area at Narendrapur village in Sadar upazila.
The deceased was identified as Jony, 22, son of Sirajul Islam of the area.
Moniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Jashore Kotwali Model Police Station, said being informed by locals, police recovered the body from the area on Monday night.
Locals said Jony was stabbed dead following an enmity between union Chhatra League president GM Sajub Hasan and general secretary Shahim Alam over sand extraction from a pond.
Police have started investigation and the criminals will be arrested soon, the OC added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the government will establish human rights in the country through ensuring the trial of all the incidents of human rights violation.
"All we need most is to ensure the rule of law for establishing human rights. Criminals have to face punishment, no matter who they’re ...this is our decision, and we’re working as per the decision," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Human Rights Day 2019 at Sonargaon Hotel.
Sheikh Hasina said the drive against drugs, terrorism, militancy and corruption is going on as these destroy as well as contaminate a society. "So, the resistance should come from society first against these menaces…this is urgently needed to create awareness among people," she said.
The Prime Minister said the government has enacted various human rights-related laws and amended many while strengthened the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
NHRC organised the programme with the theme 'Youth standing up for human rights'.
After the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Prime Minister said, the killers and collaborators of the Liberation War were awarded and patronised to get established in this country politically.
"It’s very natural that human rights violation will take place repeatedly if the government tolerates any injustice and unjust," she said.
She said the Awami League government is trying to do a very tough job to put the country on the of track prosperity. "We’re very much active whenever there’s any violation of human rights."
The government is giving special attention to those who are lagging behind in society, said Hasina adding the Awami League government always thinks that they are the servant of people and work for people.
She said the people of the country need to be aware properly about human rights and the duties of citizens. "We’ve to remember that when we think that something is my right and then with this comes the responsibility to others as rights and responsibilities are interrelated."
The Prime Minister said she thinks that creating awareness regarding rights and responsibilities is very much necessary. "To enjoy rights, we’ve to discharge our responsibilities to others, and this is reality."
To ensure the basic rights of a person, Hasina said ensuring peace is urgently needed, and for ensuring peace poverty alleviation is also needed.
"If we can bring economic solvency in society then people can fulfill their basic rights, and they’ll be able to protect their human rights… we’ve to create that awareness, too," she said.
About Rohingya crisis, Hasina said Bangladesh did not go for conflict with Myanmar it is rather in dialogue with them so that it could send their nationals to them.
Law Minister Anisul Huq, NHRC Chairman Nasima Begum, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo and NHRC full-time member Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed also spoke at the event.
A garment worker was killed and ten other pedestrians were injured as a wall of a sweater factory collapsed on them following a blast inside it at Gouripur in Ashulia here on Tuesday morning.
The deceased was identified as Rima Khatun, 20.
Anwarul Haq, Savar fire service zone commander, said when a gas heater machine of Natural Sweater Village Ltd factory exploded in the morning a wall of the two-storied factory collapsed on Rima and ten others who were passing the through the area, leaving Rima dead on the spot.
One of the injured was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after his condition deteriorated while nine other were admitted to Enam Medical College Hospital.
Meanwhile, locals demanded punishment of factory owner Raju Ahmed of Changaon area of Ashulia.
Sheikh Rezaul Haque Dipu, officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station said police will take necessary steps after investigation.
The International Human Rights Day is being observed in the country today as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of this year’s day is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.”
Different organisations have taken elaborate programmes to observe the day.
According to the United Nations, the plan of the day is to capitalise on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future.
Under a universal call to action "Stand Up for Human rights," UN is going to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has designed a campaign to encourage, galvanise, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.
Human rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as in the absence of human dignity.
United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.
It was a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.