Lakshmipur, Sept 09 (UNB) – Police arrested three young men on Sunday afternoon in connection with the reported gang rape of a teenage girl in Dasherhat Madrasa area of the sadar upazila.
The arrestees are Md Sabuj, 20, son of Siraz Uddin, Rifat, 20, son of Md Alam, Kamrul, 21, son of Ilias Mistri of Saidpur village in the upazila.
Five young men intercepted the victim on her way to his madrasa and took her to an abandoned house where they violated her in turns, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Chandraganj Police Station.
They fled the scene immediately after the incident leaving her unconscious.
Later, locals rescued her and took her to Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital in serious condition.
Later, a case was filed with Chandraganj Police Station in this connection, said the OD.
Meanwhile, the three detainees confessed of their involvement with the incident, he added.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – The business of Jatiya Sangshad was adjourned on Sunday to mourn the death of two sitting MPs –- opposition chief whip Tajul Islam Chowdhury and former whip S M Mostafa Rashidi Shuja.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury adjourned the business for the day just after adopting the condolence motion unanimously over the death of Jatiya Party MP Tajul Islam elected from Kurigram-2 constituency and Awami League MP Shuja elected from Khulna-4 constituency.
As per the tradition, the day’s business of Parliament is adjourned immediately after the adaptation of a condolence motion in case of the death of any sitting MP.
Before passing the condolence motion, a number of MPs, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad, took part in the discussion on the proposal and recalled the works of seven-time MP Tajul Islam and three-time MP Shuja.
The Speaker moved the condolence motion over the death of the two MPs as well as some noted personalities, including former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, former minister and ex-MP Kalparanjan Chakma, former state minister Mozaffar Hossain and six former MPs.
The six former MPs are Sharif Khasruzzaman, Abdur Rauf Miah, Fazle Elahi, Alfaz Uddin, Principal Abdul Mannan Mandal and Anwar Habib.
Besides, the House expressed its deep shock at the death of Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar and Financial Express Editor AHM Moazzem Hossain, United States Senator John Sidney McCain, Language Movement heroes Dr Halima Khatun and Abdul Baten, noted writer Rama Chowdhury who is well-known as Ekattorer Janani, Executive Editor of Daily Observer Anis Ahmed and Sunamganj municipality mayor Ayub Bakhta Jaglul and some other noted persons.
Taking part in the discussions, the Prime Minister said, “We’ve lost two competent MPs at their death (Shuja and Tajul Islam Choudhury).”
About Shuja who was general secretary of Awami League Khulna district unit, Sheikh Hasina said he was a sports and cultural-minded person. “He was very lovely and competent political leader.”
She said Shuja was tortured mercilessly and he suffered severe injuries as his leg was drilled during the ‘operation clean-heart’ when BNP-Jamaat was in power. His physical condition deteriorated after the torture and died after suffering from various diseases and complications for a long time.
During the operation clean-heart, some 150 AL leaders and workers were killed, she added.
About Tajul Islam, the Prime Minister said he played a bold role in arranging the 2014 general election .He was a popular leader in Kurigram and Rangpur regions, she added.
Hasina said a total of 15 sitting MPs of the 10th parliament died following the death of the two MPs.
The Prime Minister prayed for salvation of the departed souls of Shuja and Tajul Islam Choudhury as well as expressed sympathy to their bereaved family members.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, State Minister for Rural Development and Cooperatives Moshiur Rahman Ranga, AL MPs Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Shawkat Ali Badsha, newly elected MP from Khulna-4 Abdus Salam Murshedi, and Jatiya Party MPs Kazi Firoz Rashid and Fakhrul Imam, among others, joined the discussion.
Besides, Parliament condoled the death of former president of Dhaka Reporters Unity Mostak Ahmed, ETV Senior Reporter Mamunur Rashid, Bangladesh peacekeeper Lt Commander Ashraf Siddiqui who was killed in South Sudan, two students of Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College – Diya Akter Mim and Abdul Karim who were killed in a bus accident, Ansar member Liakat Ali who had provided guard of honour to the Mujibnagar government, and noted actress Rani Sarkar.
The House also expressed deep shock at the death of those killed in recent flood in Kerala, India, earthquake in Indonesia, road accidents both at home and abroad.
A one-minute silence was observed and a munajat offered over the death of the two MPs and others.
Dhaka, Sep 9 (UNB) - Speakers at a protest rally held in the city have demanded immediate release of Shahidul Alam, an internationally acclaimed photographer, and also release of student leaders arrested during recent safe road movement.
Organised under a citizens’ platform, the protest rally was held on Sunday in front of National Museum at Shahbagh.
Criticizing the government role Gonoshonghoti Andolon chief convener Junayed Saki brought allegation of repression against the government and said, “Shahidul did not make any false comments during the safe road movement. That’s why, we hope the government releases him soon.”
Demanding the immediate release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh Chhatra Union central general secretary Liton Nandy said, “Government is not ready to listen to any kind of criticism and that’s why Shahidul Alam and other student leaders are in jail.”
“People from all across the world are demanding Shahidul’s release, but the government imprisoned him illogically. He didn’t get any kind of justice,” he claimed.
Bangladesh Samajtantrik Chhatra Front central general secretary Nasir Uddin Prince, and Biplobi Chhatra Moitri central president Iqbal Kabir, among others, addressed the rally.
After the rally was over, a cultural programme was organized with performers seeking immediate release of Shahidul Alam.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate Kulaura-Shahbazpur Section Rehabilitation and Akhaura-Agartala Dual Gauge Rail Connection through video conference on Sunday.
Through the opening of Kulaura-Shahbazpur Section Rehabilitation, a comfortable inter-district train communication will be established as part of Asian Railway Network between the two countries.
The project includes a 53-kilometre dual gauge rail line, bridges and culverts, infrastructure of stations and implementation of other public works and non-interlocked colour light signalling system, involving Tk 678.50 crore.
Bangladesh government will provide Tk 122.52 crore while the rest 555.98 crore will be taken from Indian LOC.
The Kulaura-Shahbazpur Section Rehabilitation has been declared inoperative from July 7, 2002, after its inauguration on December 4, 1896, due to management and lack of budget.
The Akhaura-Agartala Dual Gauge Rail Connection project includes a 10-kilometre dual gauge rail line, culvert, passenger platform, platform shed, customs and immigration building and a bungalow involving Tk 240.90 crore.
The duration of the project is 18 months from the date of the agreement and the Indian Government will finance the project.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Sunday asked the country’s specialised hospitals, medical colleges and sadar hospitals for taking necessary steps to ensure the proper treatment of the victims of any possible chemical attack by militants.
The DGHS sent a letter in this regard to the directors concerned of the specialist hospitals and medical colleges and civil surgeons/deputy directors of all sadar hospitals on August 26, its Director (Hospital) Dr Kazi Jahangir Hossain told UNB on Sunday.
“The initiative was taken based on information provided by the Public Security Division of the Home Ministry,” he said.
The Home Ministry first sent the information to the Health Ministry on May 3 this year and then forwarded it to the DGHS on June 4, Dr Hossain added.
The notice also directed each of the hospitals to form a special medical team to provide necessary treatment to the victims of chemical attacks as well as arrange special trainings for all the team members, and keep medical instruments and medicines in stock to deal with any emergency situation.
The DGHS also asked them to keep ambulances standby and arrange alternative electricity supply (Generator) at every operation theater (OT).
It also urged all the government hospitals to ensure the capacity of treating chemical attack victims and be ready for it.
A chemical attack is the use of toxic chemical agents as a weapon of mass destruction. Victims of a chemical exposure or attack require immediate decontamination.