Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) –Garment workers and locals went on a berserk in the city’s Malibagh Chowdhurypara area on Tuesday following the death of two female RMG workers, torching one bus and damaging around 35-40 vehicles.
The victims were identified as Meem Akhter, 13, and Nahid Parveen Poly, 19, workers of MH Garments Factory.
A Gazipur-bound bus of ‘Suprabhat Paribahan’ hit them while they were crossing the road near Abul Hotel around 1:30pm.
Meem died on the spot and Parveen was seriously injured, said police Sergeant Shuvo Kumar Dey.
Parveen was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.
Police seized the bus and arrested the driver, he added.
As the death news spread around, garment workers took to the streets and damaged several buses.
Later, police took the situation under control.
However, the garment workers and the locals took to the streets again around 5pm and started staging demonstrations protesting the death of the female RMG workers in the road accident.
At one stage, they blocked the road on the opposite side of Hajipara CNG Refilling Station, forcing the police to suspend traffic on both carriageways of the road.
At that time, they set fire to a bus and damaged around 30 others.
Although a fire-fighting unit started moving to the spot on information, it could not reach there as the road was blocked. However, the fire was doused by locals.
Later, police charged baton on the agitators and brought the situation under control.
Traffic on the road resumed around 6:30pm.
A UNB journalist who came to office on foot for want of vehicles in the area saw 11 damaged buses, including an air-conditioned one, stranded on the west carriageway of the road from Hajipara CNG Refilling Station to Padma Movie House.
Besides, the broken glasses of vehicles were found on both sides of the road from the mouth of Wapda Road in Rampura to the cinema hall.
Benapole, Jan 1 (UNB) – A teenager girl reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at Abad Kochua village in Jashore sadar upazila as she could not tolerate an assault of her mother and brother following their protest against harassment by some eve teasers.
The deceased was identified as Halima Khatun, 13, a class VIII student of Darus Sunnat Mojaddedia Dakhil Madrasa in the upazila.
Halima’s brother Mohammad Abdullah said when he along with his mother and sister were returning home after casting their votes on December 30 at Abad Kochua Government Primary School polling centre, a group of youths teased his sister and tried to abduct her.
When he along with his mother resisted them, they assaulted them, said the victim’s brother.
However, hearing their screaming, locals rushed in and the eve teasers fled away.
When they informed union parisahad member Jahidul Islam Bidyut about the assault, he assured them of taking necessary steps but did not, said the brother.
Following the incident, Halima committed suicide by hanging herself with her scarf with a beam of her room around 11pm, alleged her brother.
Meanwhile, the victim’s brother filed a case with Kotwali Police Station against seven young men in this connection, said Apurba Hasan, officer-in-charge of the police station.
The accused are Yusuf Ali, son of Barek Miah, Nirob and Jibon, sons of Hafizur Rahman Hafiz, Sumon, son of Farid, Rashed, son of Khokon, Ashik and Shanto of the village.
However, the UP member claimed that there had been a love-affair between Halima and one of the accused. Over the issue, Halima’s brother had a scuffle with the accused.
Benapole, Jan 1 (UNB) – Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive seized 9,300 piece of Yaba pills from Agrabhulot border here on Monday night.
Being informed that a gang of smugglers was bringing a consignment of Yaba tablets India, a team of BGB conducted a drive there and seized contraband pills worth Tk 23 lakh, said Lt Col Imran H Sarker, commanding officer of BGB-21 battalion.
Later, a case was filed with Benapole Port Police Station in this connection.
Bogura, Dec 31 (UNB) – A case has been filed against 44 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami in connection with the murder of an Awami League activist during election in Kahalu upazila on Sunday.
Zahidur Rahman, brother of victim Azizur Rahman, filed the case against three identified and 41 unidentified BNP-Jamaat men with Kahalu Police Station on Monday, said Shawkat Kabir, officer-in-charge of the police station.
On Sunday, AL man Azizur Rahman, 30, was killed and five others were injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists at Bagil polling station in Kahalu upazila over capturing polling station.