Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) - The High Court on Tuesday extended BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s six-month bails to one year in two defamation cases filed with Dhaka and Narail over her 'derogatory remarks' about freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Khaleda’s counsel.
On August 13, the HC granted six-month bail to the former prime minister in a defamation case filed against her in Narail. The next day, the court granted her six-month bail in a case filed in Dhaka.
Khaleda Zia, at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on December 21, 2015, raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs.
Raihan Farooque Imam of Narail filed a case with the Cognisance Court on December 24 that year. On January 5 the next year, AB Siddiqui, president of Jananetri Parishad, filed another case with Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Gopalganj, Feb 5 (UNB) – A bank official and a woman were killed and 20 others injured after a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in the Sadar Upazila on Tuesday morning.
The deceased are Nurul Islam, 40, son of late Abdul Mazed Mollah, resident of Sultanshahi village. He was the senior officer (cash) of BASIC Bank. The other victim is Momena Begum, 25, daughter of Shahid Mollah, and a resident of Purbapara village in Kotalipara upazila.
Police said the accident took place around 9:30am on the Gopalganj-Kotalipara road in Khanarpara.
“The bus fell into a roadside ditch, killing two persons on the spot,” said Sirajul Islam, sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station.
The injured were admitted to Gopalganj General Hospital.
Pabna, Feb 5 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader sustained bullet injuries in an alleged gunfight with police at Chatiani Paschimpara in the Sadar upazila early Tuesday.
The injured is Apple Sheikh, 42, son of Somsher Sheikh. He is accused in nine drugs-related cases, police said.
Gautam Kumar Biswas, additional superintendent of Pabna police, said they raided the area after being tipped off about a drug deal. “As soon our team reached the spot, the drug traders opened fire, triggering a skirmish,” he said.
Apple, injured in the gunfight, was arrested and taken to Pabna General Hospital, the police officer said.
A pistol, a magazine, eight bullets, a machete and five grams of heroin were found on him. Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight, Gautam said.
Savar, Feb 5 (UNB) – Three members of a family were stabbed in Dosaid area of Ashulia on Monday night over a family feud.
The injured are – Selina Begum, 40, a readymade garment worker, her son Selim and brother-in-law Sirajul.
Sheikh Rizaul Haque Dipu, officer-in-charge of Ashulia Police Station, said Selina’s sister-in-law Amena Begum was making abusive comments about her around 10pm. As Selina protested, Amena and her husband Alamin hit her nose with a brick.
When Selim and Sirajul came to rescue Selina, Amena and Alamin stabbed the three with sharp weapons and fled the scene.
Neighbours rescued the trio and took them to Enam Medical College Hospital.