Savar, Dec 7 (UNB) – At least students were killed in a collision between a bus and their carrying motorcycle on Dhaka-Aricha highway at Joypura area in Dhamrai upazila on Friday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Hridoy, 20, Manik, 21, both students of Savar University College and Mridul, 23, of Gono Bishwabidyalay.
The accident took place when a Manikganj bound passenger bus hit their motorcycle around 4:30 pm, leaving the trio dead on the spot, said Dipak Chandra Saha, officer-in-charge of Dhamrai Police Station.
However, police seized the killer bus but its driver managed to flee from the scene.
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) - Over 300 retired senior public servants, including former chairmen of different commissions, senior secretaries and secretaries, have expressed their solidarity with the pro-liberation forces, led by Awami League, and the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The senior retired public servants expressed their solidarity when they met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Friday evening.
Former ACC Chairman M Badiuzzaman, former Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, former Chairman of Energy Regulatory Commission AR Khan, former Chairman of Privatisation Commission Mollah Wahiduzzaman, ex-Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed, former Senior Secretaries Mezbah-ul Alam and Unusur Rahman are among 57 retired senior officials who expressed their solidarity.
Besides, 250 more former officials of different cadres of the civil services, including Police, Income Tax, Information, Post, Education and Health, and former members of the BCS Administration extended their solidarity with the government of Sheikh Hasina.
Nine former ambassadors, 75 former additional and joint secretaries, 10 former officials of BCS Police as well as 14 former members of BCS Health, 14 from BCS Education, 27 engineers and 11 BCS Information and Income Tax officials are among those who expressed solidarity today.
Naogaon, Dec 7 (UNB) – A woman and her daughter died under mysterious circumstances in Kanchan Bazar area of Manda upazila on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Farida Begum, 55, wife of Ebadat Hossain, and their daughter Shahnaj Parvin, 25, a divorcee, of Bajruk Atitha village in Sadar upazila.
Police detained three people -- Jahedul Islam, 55, son of late Khaibar Rahman of Donil village in Badalgachhi upazila, Mamtaj Hossain, 50, and his wife Latifa Bibi, 45, Kanchan village in Manda –- for interrogation over the incident, said Hafizul Islam, senior assistant superintendent of police (Manda circle).
Mozaffar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Manda Police Station, said the victims along with Jahedul set out for Kusumba Mosque in Manda in the morning for offering special prayers there.
On the way, they went to the house of Mamtaj Hossain in Kanchan Bazar area, he said.
However, Farida and Shahnaj fell unconscious as soon as they came out of the house. They were taken to Manda Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared them dead.
Later, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Naogaon Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.
Hafizul Islam said the death is shrouded by mystery.
He also said they detained the three people for interrogation over the incident.
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on Friday said no plan of the government to ‘control’ the December-30 national election will work with the spontaneous presence of voters at every polling station.
“Your (govt’s) all plans to establish control on the election will turn into a futile exercise as people will go to polling stations since early morning…the government’s boat (AL’s election symbol) will sink on December 30,” he said.
Zafrullah, a pro-BNP professional, came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Chalok Dal at the Jatiya Press Club.
He hoped that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be freed from jail getting justice after the national election. “But, she’ll be released through ensuring justice, not at anybody’s mercy.”
The pro-BNP intellectual said the victory of Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, is certain in the upcoming election.
Zafrullah, also an Oikyafront leader, called upon leaders and activists of the alliance to go to every polling station early morning braving all barriers and intimidation to cast their votes and help voters exercise their franchise.
He suggested the leaders of BNP and the Oikyafront not take any decision of boycotting the election under any circumstance.
Zafrullah, however, assured the ruling party leaders that they will not badly suffer like Khaleda Zia for their misdeeds if they get defeated in the election.
He criticised the government for what he said its repressive acts and indulging in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.
Speaking at the programme, BNP chairperson’s adviser Zainul Abedin Farroque urged BNP leaders and activists to get ready for a battle of vote under any situation.
“As we’ve participated in the election under a partisan government, we must fight till the last and guard the polling stations braving arrest and other barriers,” he added.