At least six people were injured as Muslim devotees clashed over attending Jum’a prayers at Kartikpur Bazar Jame Mosque in Dohar upazila of Dhaka defying government’s instructions.
As per the government’s directive, highest 10 people are allowed to attend the Jum’a prayers at a mosque.
In-charge of Charmahmudpur police out-post sub-inspector Md Shah Alam said a large number of people went to attend the Jum’a prayers at the mosque which triggered a dispute.
Chunnu Matbar and his accomplices locked into an argument with Imam and Muazzin over the excessive number of devotees, he said.
At one stage, Matbar and his men beat up devotees, including the muezzin, triggering clash, the SI added.
The injured were admitted to Upazila Health Complex.
On April 6, the Ministry of Religious Affairs directed all to avoid mosques and offer prayers at home to prevent the transmission of fast-spreading coronavirus or COVID-19.
Meanwhile, six more people died from coronavirus in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 27. The country has so far confirmed 424 cases.
Two sisters drowned in a pond in Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria district on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Sadia and Samia, daughters of Sadir Mia of Shohagpur Chowdhurypara. One of them was aged 10 while the other 8.
Local and family sources said the two sisters had been missing since Jum’a prayers.
After a hectic search, locals found their clothes on the bank of the pond in the evening.
Later, they were rescued from the pond and taken to a hospital where attending doctors declared them dead.
Family members of Capt (dismissed) Abdul Majed, one of the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, met him at Dhaka Central Jail in Keranigonj on Friday.
Five members, including Majed’s wife Saleha, one brother-in-law and one uncle-in-law, entered the jail in the evening, said witnesses.
They spent around 25 minutes with Majed, said a jail official on condition of anonymity.
On Wednesday, President Abdul Hamid turned down the mercy petition of Majed, clearing the way for his execution.
Also on the same day, Dhaka’s District and Session’s Court issued the death warrant for Majed after he was produced before his court from the jail.
A team of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested Majed from the city’s Mirpur area on Tuesday.
On August 15, 1975, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.
Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons – Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, were, among others, were also killed on that fateful night.
Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.
During the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975, Majed, Noor and Risaldar Moslehuddin along with others were present there when he was a lieutenant.
On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officials for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members.
Five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010.
Another killer Aziz Pasha met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.
The fugitive killers are former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin.
Of them, the government knew the whereabouts of Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Moslehuddin while it was not sure about the other three fugitives -- Rashid, Dalim and Majed.
According to government sources, Noor Chowdhury has been living in Canada and Rashed Chowdhury in the USA.
Four more people were diagnosed with coronavirus or COVID-19 in Rasulpur, Bamanshur and Khejurbagh areas of Dhaka’s Keraniganj upazila on Friday, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer Amit Debnath.
Of them, one is a young man -- aged 18 -- of Rasulpur, two are male – both aged 45 -- of Khejurbagh and one is female -- aged 35 -- of Bamanshur, he said.
Besides, samples of 16 more people were sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Friday for test, the UNO said.
Bangladesh has so far confirmed 424 coronavirus cases and 27 deaths. Of these, 94 cases and six deaths were reported on Friday.
Md Abdul Mannan Ilias, additional secretary to the Cultural Affairs Ministry, will act as the director general at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) as additional duty as the contractual appointment of Liaquat Ali Lucky ended on Friday.
The ministry issued a notice in this regard on Thursday.
Mannan will remain in charge until a new director general is appointed, it said.
Lucky had been working as the BSA director general since 2010.