A tribunal here on Wednesday sentenced two members of banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to life imprisonment in a case filed over the 2005 series bomb blast.
Jhalakathi Special Tribunal Judge Sheikh Md Tofayel Hasan delivered the verdict.
The court also jailed the duo for 10 years on another charge under the Explosive Substance Act.
The convicts were identified as Ziaur Rahman Zia, 40, of Bikon area of Jhalakathi district town and Md Farid, 30, of Boidarapur village of Sadar upazila.
According to case statement, a number of bombs went off at Upazila Parishad, in front of the Lawyer’s Association near the Deputy Commissioner’s office, near District Judge’s Court, Jhalakathi Press Club and Bikna human hauler (Tempu) terminal between 11am and 2pm on August 17, 2005.
Officer-in-charge of Jhalakathi Police Station Sohrab Ali filed a case over the matter.
Residents of Mogolbasa union of the sadar upazila formed a human chain on Wednesday demanding immediate steps to save them from erosion.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life joined the human chain.
They demanded taking necessary measures against river erosion in a four-kilometre area from Docchimuddir intersection to Sluicegate area.
They said the Kurigram-Chilmari Road, Mogolbasha union parishad complex, market, three high schools, four government schools, a madrasa, arable land and embankment are on the verge of collapse as a huge portion of the dam has already been devoured by the river.
Erosion has been prevalent in Bangladesh, a land crisscrossed by rivers. Between 1973 and 2017, the Padma, the Meghna, and the Jamuna engulfed more than 160,000 hectares of land, according to statistics provided by the UN. The area is roughly equivalent to five times the land mass of Dhaka.
The Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, a government think-tank, has forecast that erosion could eat up another 4,500 hectares by the end of 2020 and could potentially displace another 45,000 people.
A union parishad (UP) member was allegedly kidnapped by miscreants from his home at Karigarpara in Kaptai upazila on Tuesday night.
The victim is Mang Ching Marma, a member from ward-5 of Raikhali union parisahd in the upazila.
Victim’s wife said three men stormed their house breaking open the door around 11:30 pm and picked up her husband at gunpoint.
At that time, a group of 20-25 people was standing outside the house, she said, adding that she could not recognise any of them.
UP Chairman Md Enamul Haque said victim’s wife phoned him last night and informed the matter.
Later, he visited the house but found no information regarding the incident yet, he added.
Arshaf Uddin, officer-in-charge of Chandraghona Police Station, said police were deployed in the area soon after the incident. They were trying to rescue the UP member and arrest the culprits, he said.