Gopalganj, Dec 20 (UNB) – At least 11 people were killed and 20 others injured as a bus smashed a human-hauler at Haridaspur in the district town on Thursday evening.
Three of the deceased were identified as the human-hauler driver Rajib Mollah, Saddam Mollah and Morshed Gazi.
Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said the ‘Golden Line’ bus crashed into the human-hauler (locally known as Mahendra) around 5:45pm, leaving the 11 people dead on the spot and 20 others injured.
The death toll may rise further, said the OC.
Police and firefighters with the help of local people are conducting a rescue operation.
Chattogram, Dec 20 (UNB) – A Jubo League activist was killed during a clash between two rival groups of the party at Bandar thana area in the city on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Md Shahed Prokash Rony, 28.
Mohiuddin Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Bandar Police Station, said that supporters of 37 Munirnagar ward Jubo League leades Mejbah Uddin Morshed and Debashis Paul Debu locked into a clash around 12:45 am.
Following the clash, supports of rival group hacked Shahed indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.
Later, the injured was admitted to Chattogram Medical College Hospital where he died in the morning.
Noakhali, Dec 20 (UNB) – Police recovered the bullet-hit body of a suspected robber from Bancharampur area in Companyganj upazila early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Haque Saheb, 38, son of Shamsul Haque of Bhuiyarhat village in Kabirhat upazila and accused in 10 cases including that of robbery and murder.
Asaduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Companyganj Police Station, said a patrol team of police found Haque as bullet-hit-condition in early morning and took him to Noakhali General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Khulna, Dec 20 (UNB) – Fifty-three suspected drug peddlers were killed in reported encounters with law enforcers in the Khulna division alone since the government launched a war on drugs in mid-May.
Sources say the figure shows the causalities until November 29. A good number of law enforcement officials were also injured in the so-called gunfights. Those killed were said to have been prominent drug peddlers in their respective areas.
Officials at the Department of Narcotics Control said they were continuing their anti-drugs drives.
Md Rasheduzzaman, deputy director at DNC’s Khulna office, said their officials sometimes are attacked by drug peddlers during anti-narcotics drives.
“Drug dealers are using firearms. So, it’s natural that we’ll be apprehensive when conducting drives,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DNC sent a new list of drug peddlers of 10 districts of the division to the ministry, said Parveen Akhter, an inspector of its detective branch.
The list reportedly contains the names of 50 people who are running the drug business in Khulna division. “Apart from them, there’re many small drug dealers. Some are being arrested but at the same time, many others are getting involved in the trade,” she said.