Faridpur, June 19 (UNB)— A court here on Wednesday sentenced 13 people to life imprisonment for killing two men in Saltha upazila in 2003.
Faridpur Special Judge Court judge Md Motiar Rahman also fined the convicts Tk 50,000 each. They have to stay in jail for six months more if they fail to pay the fine.
Besides, 14 others acquitted from this case.
The convicts are – Mannan Khan, Surman Kha, Majed Kha, Wajed Kha, Rashed Kha, Siddique Fakir, Soharab Fakir, Afsar Fakir, Fazlul Fakir, Rahman Kha, Rezaul Kha, Jakir Kha and Osman Fakir.
Of them 11 were present in the court. Soharab Fakir and Jakir Kha are currently absconding.
Faridpur Special Judge Court’s public prosecutor (PP) Advocate Golam Rabbani Babu Mridha said a local arbitration was held over harvesting onion at Natkhola village in Saltha upazila on December 23, 2003.
During the arbitration, Ganjor Kha and Musha Molla were hacked to death following an altercation.
Musha’s brother Alal Molla filed a murder case against 27 people at Saltha Police Station.
Kishoreganj, June 19 (UNB) – Three people were sentenced to death and seven others to life in prison on Wednesday for killing former Jahangirnagar University student Ershadul Islam Choyon in 2005.
Convicts who were sentenced to death are – Abdul Awal, Al-Amin and Sufol. Awal and Sufol are absconding.
Those given life imprisonment are – Abdul Karim, Safia Khatun, Abdul Kadir Fakir, Sohel, Ripa Akter, Johura Khatun alias Anufa, and Abdur Rauf Fakir alias Rup Mia.
Kishoreganj’s First Additional District and Sessions Court also fined the convicts Tk 500,000 each.
Choyon, who studied management from Jahangirnagar University, was the only son of Jahirul Islam and Momena Khatun. He was killed on December 2, 2005, two days before he was scheduled to join as station master at the railways.
The attack occurred in Hossainpur Upazila’s Tansidla village. The convicts attacked Choyon’s house in broad daylight with sharp weapons. He was stabbed and slashed when he tried to protect his mother and sister during the attack, according to case details.
He was mortally wounded in the attack and doctors at Hossainpur Upazila Hospital pronounced him dead when he was taken there.
Choyon’s father Jahirul Islam filed a case against nine persons with Hossainpur police on the night of the incident. Police pressed charges against 11 persons on February 28 the next year.
One of the accused was dropped from the chargesheet after his death during trial proceedings.
Choyon’s parents said they were satisfied with the verdict.
Patuakhali, June 19 (UNB) – A Chinese worker, who was injured in a clash over the death of a worker at Payra 1320 MW Thermal Power Plant in Kalapra upazila on Tuesday, died at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Jung Yung Sung, an employee of the power plant.
Factory workers said Sabindra Das, 32, son of Nagendra Das of Nabiganj upazila in Habiganj district, was killed as he fell into a boiler of the plant on Tuesday afternoon.
As the news spread around, Bangladeshi workers of the plant burst into anger and vandalised its office, canteen and training centre inside the power plant.
They also confined the employees and staff of Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL) and 3000 Chinese workers to the power plant for eight hours from 3pm on Tuesday, said Shahmoni Ziko, an administrative officer of BCPCL.
Six Chinese workers who suffered injuries during the unrest were sent to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital where Jung Young succumbed to his injuries around 10am on Wednesday, said Dr Bakir Hossain, a physician of the hospital.
Manirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kalapara Police Station, said police on information went to the spot and brought the situation under control.
Matiul Islam Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of the district, said necessary steps were taken in this regard.
Following the evolving situation, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid rushed in by a helicopter on Wednesday morning and held a meeting with the protesting workers in the afternoon.
At the meeting, the Bangladeshi workers agreed to join the work and the administration assured them of their security, said sources at the meeting wishing anonymity.
Meanwhile, eight platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh were deployed at the power plant at the request of the district magistrate to avert further trouble.
An executive magistrate will also be there to monitor the overall situation.
Besides, the body of Sabindra Das was sent to Patuakhali Sadar Hospital for autopsy while that of Jung Yung Sung kept at the Barishal hospital.
Two of the badly injured Chinese workers were sent to Dhaka for better treatment.
Natore, June 19 (UNB) – Police recovered the throat-slit body of a man at Pakuria cremation ground in Singra upazila on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Aper Ali, 45, son of Rabi Pramanik of Tarai Purbapara village in the upazila.
Local people spotted the body around 8 am and informed the matter to police who recovered the body around 9 am, said Manirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Singra Police Station.
Aper Ali remained missing since he went out of his house on Tuesday evening, said family members of the victim.
Dinajpur, June 19 (UNB) –The body of a student of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University (HSTU), who drowned in Atrai River at Mohonpur in Sadar upazila, was recovered from the river on Wednesday morning.
Tashfiq Ahmed, a 3rd year student of HSTU, went to the river for taking bath with eight others student of the university on Tuesday afternoon and went missing around 4 pm, said witnesses.
On information, divers from Rangpur fire Service and Civil Defense went to the spot and conducted a rescue operation till 11:50 pm but failed to trace him.
On Wednesday, the divers started rescue operation around 8 am and recovered the body of Tashfiq, said Redwanur Rahim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.