Dhaka, Oct 19 (UNB) - Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) in separate drives arrested 25 fishermen in Bhola district early Friday for catching mother hilsa defying a government ban.
They also seized 4,000 metres of contraband current net and 12 kg hilsa during the drives. Later, the fishermen were jailed for different terms.
The 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting hilsa across 7,000 square kms of coastal, estuarial and riverine areas began on October 7 to ensure safe spawning of hilsa. The ban will continue till October 28.
Sources at the BCG headquarters said three separate operational teams from BCG Base Bhola conducted drives at Ilishghat, Tulatuli, Bheduria, Bhelumia, Hazirhat and adjoining areas and arrested 14 fishermen.
The arrested fishermen were sentenced to different jail terms when they were produced before a mobile court.
In another drive, members of BCG Lalmohon outpost arrested 11 fishermen when they were catching hilsa illegally, said an official of the Coast Guard.
They were also produced before a mobile court which awarded them different jail terms.
Jashore, Oct 19 (UNB) – Two people died allegedly after drinking excessive liquor during the Durga Puja celebrations in separate incidents in Jashore and Jhenaidah districts.
The deceased were identified as Dipu Das, 30, son of Sunil Das of Dharmatala of Sadar upazila here, and Munna Das, 35, son of Akhil Das of Collegpara in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenaidah.
Munna fell sick after galloping excessive liquor on Thursday night.
He was first taken to Sadar Upazila Health Complex and then shifted to Sadar Hospital where he died in the morning.
Dipu also took excessive liquor on Thursday night and fell sick.
He was taken to Jashore Sadar Hospital where he died around 7am.
Sub-inspector of Kotwali Police Station Shahidul Islam said the bodies were sent to morgue for autopsy.
Panchagarh, Oct 19 (UNB) – Police recovered the hanging body of a housewife at Goaljhar Pakhilagaon in Sadar upazila on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Pabitra Rani, 22, wife of Krishna Chandra Roy of the village.
Quoting family members, police said the inmates of the house went to a temple on the occasion of Durga Puja while Pabitra remained at home alone on Thursday.
When they returned home they found Pabitra hanging from a tree near their house and informed the matter to police.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Panchagarh Modern Hospital morgue for autopsy, said Deen Mohammad, sub-inspector of Panchagarh Police Station.
But it is not clear yet whether the housewife committed suicide or not, said police.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) has denied Jatiya Oikyafront permission for holding its scheduled public rally in Sylhet city on October 23.
Talking to UNB, SMP additional deputy commission (media) M Abdul Wahab on Thursday said they did not give the permission on security grounds.
Meanwhile, Jatiya Oikyafront leader and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob said they now want to hold the rally on October 24.
Talking to reporters after a meeting with diplomats at a city hotel, Rob said, “We’ve come to know that we’re denied permission for holding our rally in Sylhet. We wanted to hold it at a hall, but they also did not allow it.”
He said they hoped that the government will permit them to hold the programme on October 24.
Rob said the government’s image will be dented both at home and abroad if Oikyafront is not allowed to hold its rally since the ruling party is holding meetings and rallies at different parts of the country.
He urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take steps so that Oikyafront can hold the rally in Sylhet at least on October 24.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Oikyafront leaders at a meeting at JSD president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence decided to hold a rally in Sylhet on October 23.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sentenced former upazila nirbahi officer(UNO) of Panchhari upazila in Khagrachhari distirct to eight years imprisonment in a case filed for amassing wealth illegally.
The convict is identified as Mamunur Rashid.
The court also ordered the authorities concerned to confiscate his wealth worth Tk 38,68,48.
Under section 26(2) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004, he was sentenced to three years jail term and fined Tk 10,000, in default, he has to serve six months more imprisonment.
Besides, under section 27(1), he was sentenced to five year jail and fined Tk 10,000, in default, he has to serve one year more jail term.
According to Anti-Corruption Commission Public prosecutor Mir Ahmmed Ali Salam, On March 3, 2018, ACC asked Mamunur Rashid to submit his wealth statement. He submitted statement of his wealth worth TK 41,57,613.
However, it was found in investigation that he had amassed wealth worth Tk 11,03,90,575.
Later, ACC assistant director Helal Uddin Sharif filed the case with Ramna Police Station on April 15, 2009.
After examining all the records and witnesses, Dhaka divisional special judge Mizanur Rahman Khan handed down the verdict.
The court also issued an arrest warrant as the convict did not appear before court.