Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – Terming Rangamati gun attack a well-designed one, BNP on Tuesday said violence and criminalisation by miscreants is growing centring elections in the country for lack of democracy and atmosphere for credible polls.
“Bangladesh has got affected with the disease of terrorism. BNP considers killing of any people in terror attacks is a hateful act. I think the attack on election officials at Baghaichhari is a well-planned one. I strongly condemn and protest the incident,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
In a statement, he also demanded the government identify the attackers and mete out exemplary punishment to them.
At least seven people, including an assistant presiding officer, were killed and 13 others injured in a gun attack on a vehicle of a motorcade carrying election officials and law enforcers in Baghaichhari upazila on Monday evening.
Fakhrul said ruling party men themselves are indulging in violence and killing for establishing their supremacy in the voter-less upazila elections.
“The criminals in their localities got encouraged to grab power through the midnight ballot stuffing during the 11th parliamentary election,” he observed.
The BNP leader also said the ruling party leaders are now in a competition of capturing local power through vengeful acts as they do not have any accountability to people.
He also alleged that people are getting killed in different dangerous incidents as ruling party men has taken violence and hatred as their political programme.
Fakhrul claimed that people did not respond to Monday’s second phase of ‘unilateral’ upazila election as they do not believe that any credible election can be held under the current government.
“The current government has moved away from people's confidence. A one-party rule has been the only means for the government to cling to power,” he said.
The BNP leader alleged that the government is using the state machinery to eliminate the opposition. “The government wants to stay in power by creating panic among people and threatening them.”
He prayed for salvation of the departed souls of the gun attack victims and wished early recovery of those injured.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – A couple sustained severe burn injuries after their air-conditioner exploded at their home in Uttara on early Tuesday, police said.
The victims were named as Alamgir Bhuiyan, 50, and Bilkis Baby, 40.
“Alamgir and Bilkis suffered 95 percent burns in the explosion that took place around 3am,” said Inspector Bacchu Mia of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police camp.
They are being treated at the DMCH burn unit.
Chattogram, Mar 19 (UNB) – A boutique shop owner was found dead at Halishahar in the city on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Lucky Akter, 32.
SM Obaidul Haq, officer-in-charge of Halishahar Police Station, said being informed by local people, police recovered the body of Lucky, mother of four children, from near her boutique shop in the morning and sent it to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Lucky was killed sometime at night with a heavy weapon as her face was found smashed, said the OC.
Besides, the manager of her boutique shop went into hiding.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – The government on Tuesday filed a petition seeking stay on the High Court order that had granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case filed over the death of eight people in an arson attack in Cumilla.
Deputy Attorney General Dr Mohmmad Bashir Ullah filed the petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court bench concerned.
The chamber judge of the Appellate Division is likely to hear the petition on March 25.
Earlier on March 6, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia secured a six-month interim bail in the case.
Eight people were killed and 20 others were injured when a petrol bomb was hurled at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on February 3, 2015.
Khaleda’s lawyer moved the HC on February 27 after a subordinate court in Cumilla rejected her bail plea on February 4.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) - Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday hoped that the country’s GDP growth will reach 8.13 percent in the ongoing fiscal year (2018-19).
"The GDP growth rate will hit 8.13 percent at the end of this fiscal year. It’s a provisional estimate," he told reporters after a meeting of National Economic Council (NEC).
The NEC meeting was held at the NEC conference room with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
In the 2017-'18 fiscal, the GDP growth was 7.86 percent.
The Finance Minister said the per capita income in the country has now risen to US$ 1909 from US$ 1751.
He said the investment ratio to GDP will stand at 31.57 percent --8.17 percent public and 23.40 percent private investment-- at the end of the current fiscal year.
In the last fiscal year, the investment ratio to GDP was 31.13 percent.
The Finance Minister said the improvement in key sectors at macro level is behind the high GDP growth rate in the current fiscal year.