Sirajganj, Jul 28 (UNB) – Relentless rain and onrush of hill water resulted in an increase of water level in the Jamuna river causing erosion in five riverbank upazilas.
Over 200 houses, trees and several pieces of land have already been washed away by the river. People are rendering an inhumane state of living in affected areas.
Ariful Islam, an Executive Engineer of Water Development Board, said that due to torrential rain throughout the week and onrush of hill water has increased the water level of the Jamuna river near Sirajganj.
Furthermore, areas along the river in Shahjadpur, Enayetpur, Chouhali, Sirajganj Sadar and Kajigram have been affected by river erosion.
Especially Ariakandi of Enayetpur thana, Bamangram, Shuvagacha in Kazipur upazilla and Patgram has been affected devastatingly.
Although erosion has hit hard in these areas; repelling measures have only been taken in Patgram and Shuvagacha area, he added.
Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) – A Cumilla district Awami League leader, who was abducted by unidentified miscreants from the capital’s Lalmatia area on Friday, was rescued from Kanchan bridge in Purbachal city of the capital early Saturday.
Jamal Uddin Mir, officer-in-charge of Mohammadpur Police Station, said miscreants released Parvez Hossain Sarker, a member of district (North) Awami League of Cumilla and former Titas upazila parishad chairman around 12:30am.
Later, he contacted with his family over phone.
Being informed, a team of police along with family members rescued him.
However, Parvej could not tell anything to police instantly as he was feeling drowsy, said the OC.
Miscreants picked up Parvej while he was returning home after saying his Juma prayers at Lalmatia Minar Mosque around 2pm on Friday.
Munshiganj, July 25 (UNB) – Two girls were abducted during their tiffin break in school in Srinagar upazila of Munshiganj district on Wednesday afternoon.
The abducted girls are Sadia, daughter of Zahangir Alam of Kamargaon village and Lamia Akhter, daughter of Shah Alam Bepari of Uttar Kamargaon village. Both are 14 and students of Class 9 at the Bhaggokul Harendra Lal High School and College.
Members of the two families lodged two separate complaints with Srinagar Police Station after their girls did not return home after school hours.
Confirming the abduction charge, officer-in-charge of Srinagar Police Station Farid Uddin said police is trying to arrest whoever is behind the abduction.
Chuadanga, July 26 (UNB) – Customs officials detained an Indian national with seven gold bars at Joynagar check-post along Darshana border in Damurhuda uapzila on Wednesday.
The arrestee was identified as Azhar Uddin, son of Abdur Rahim Khan of Khidirpur village in West Bengal.
Tipped off, a team of customs officials conducted a drive in the area and arrested Azhar while passing through immigration check-post around 8 pm, said Saifur Rahman, deputy director of Customs Intelligence.
Later, they recovered seven gold bars, weighing 700 grams, worth Tk 35 lakh from inside Azhar’s shoes.
Chattogram, July 26 (UNB) – Three suspected drug peddlers were killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Railway Canteen in city’s Khulshi area early Thursday.
Two of the deceased were identified as Jakir Hossain, 31, and Dalim Hossain, 32, of Morelganj in Bagerhat district while the identity of the other one could not be known immediately.
Being tipped off that drugs were being carried in a private car, a team of Rab-7 conducted a drive in the area around 3:30 am, said ASP Mimtanur Rahman of Rab-7 (Media).
When the elite force asked the private car to stop, the criminals opened fire on them forcing the elite force members to fire back in self-defence.
At one stage, Rab members recovered the bodies along with 120 kgs hemp, two firearms and bullets from the spot.
With the latest deaths, at least 151 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.