Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – Being furious after their repeated threats to withdraw a rape-attempt case went unheeded, miscreants have gang-raped a madrasa girl abducting her from her residence in Alamdanga upazila.
Police arrested the main accused, Laltu, 35, son of Joynal of Notidanga village, on Sunday after the victim’s mother filed a fresh case against him, Shariful Islam, 40, son of Sobha Ghorami, and Raju, 30, son of Milon of the village.
The victim, a Class-VI student of a local madrasa, was sent to Sadar Hospital for medical test, said police.
Officer-in-charge of Alamdanga Police Station Asaduzzaman Munshi said the victim’s mother filed a case against the accused barely a month back as they tried to violate the victim. The hearing in the case was supposed to be held on Sunday.
Since filing of the case, the trio had been pressurising the victim’s family to withdraw the case threatening of dire consequences, including gang-rape, but to no avail.
Laltu, Raju and Shariful broke into the victim’s house around 12:30am on Sunday and tied up her parents.
Later, they took the girl to a bamboo bush on the bank of the Mathabhanga River where they violated her one after another, said the victim’s father.
With the help of locals, they rescued her in the morning, he said.
Meanwhile, police have arrested a youth who raped a nine-year-old girl at Gobindakati village in Sadar upazila of Satkhira on Saturday.
The arrestee is Saju Sardar, 22, son of Alamgir Hossain of the village.
Locals caught him from Gobindakati village on Saturday night and handed him over police, said Mustafuzur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.
Victim’s family said it was raining on Saturday morning when all the family members were busy in the kitchen.
Saju took the girl to a nearby school in the name of giving her food and violated her there.
The girl was bleeding profusely when she returned home and disclosed the matter to her mother.
Later, she was taken to Sadar Hospital for treatment, they added.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – A mobile court led by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on Sunday fined different establishments as larvae of Aedes mosquitos were found at several places in Dhanmondi area.
The Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) was fined Tk 20,000 as Aedes larvae were found in their under-construction building.
Besides, another building owner was also fined Tk 10,000 in Sukrabad area.
Regional Executive Officer and Executive Magistrate Mizanur Rahman led the drives.
DSCC launched the drive as currently, 7,168 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, among them 3,668 were hospitalized in the capital and 3,500 around the country.
Bangladesh is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue. Dhaka, the densely-populated megacity, has been at the centre of the outbreak.
There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, WHO says. But early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1 percent.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – At least eight people were injured in a clash between members of staff on one side and nurses on the other of the Pathology Department of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital over delivering a test report on Sunday.
The incident took place in the Pathological Department of the new DMCH building.
Witnesses said some nurses attacked one Foyez, a member of staff of Pathology Department, over a delay in providing a pathology test report to them, triggering a scuffle that eventually broke off.
After a while though, the nurses returned with some of their colleagues again and assaulted Dr Abdul Aziz, head of the Pathology Department. A brawl then broke out among them, leaving eight people injured.
Kamal Patwari, president of the Nurses Association of the hospital, claimed some staff of the Pathological Department attacked the nurses over a trifling matter.
Terming the incident ‘unwanted’, Brigadier General AKM Nasir Uddin, director of the hospital, said a probe body was formed to look into the incident and the committee has been asked to submit its report within a week.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – Merchants have agreed to resume the sales of rawhides of sacrificed animals to tanners from today (Sunday) backing off from its Saturday’s announcement, paving the way for resolving the crisis in the leather industry.
President of the Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association (BHSMA) Mohammad Delwar Hossain came up with the new announcement after a tripartite meeting of tanners, merchants and others stakeholders of the leather industry at the Commerce Ministry.
“We’ve decided unanimously to sell rawhides from today. We‘ve also angered to retreat from our earlier decision to keep the rawhide sales suspended,” he said.
Replying to a question, Delwar said the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has been given the responsibility to realise the dues of merchants from tanners.
He said Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun and the Private Industry and Investment Adviser to Prime Minister Salman F Rahman will work for resolving the problem in this regard.
Delwar also said the Skin Merchants in Dhaka and outside have around Tk 400 crore dues to the tanners. “We hope the tanners will pay our arrears shortly.”
On Saturday, BHSMA decided to keep the rawhide sales to the tanners suspended until their arrears are paid.
The Industries Minister said a plot is on to harm the progress of leather industry. “But our today’s meeting is successful as we’ve been able to solve the prevailing problems.”
He said around 1crore rawhides are supposed to be collected this year, and 10,000 of them might have damaged for various reasons.
About the crisis over the dues of skin merchants, the minister said they never came up with such complaints earlier. “The FBCCI has been given the task to realise the arrears from the tanners.”
He said the FBCCI is scheduled to hold a meeting with the tanners and skin merchants on August 22 to solve the problem.
The minister also said a political motive was there in creating the problem over the rawhide sale. “We’re aware of it.”
As his attention was drawn to dumping of 30 truckloads of rawhides in Chattogram, Nurul Majid said BNP might have involvement in it.
About the rawhide e4xport, he said they will take the final decision later assessing the overall situation.
Majid also said the government is working to formulate guidelines for the leather industry.
Salman F Rahman said they are hopeful about finding a solution to the problem between the merchants and tanners through discussions.
He also said the government will develop the leather sector to turn it into the main one in the days to come.
Benapole, Aug 18 (UNB) - The bodies of two Bangladeshi citizens, who were killed in a road accident in West Bengal’s Kolkata on Saturday, were brought back home on Sunday.
The bodies of Moinul Alam Sohag and Farhana Islam Tania arrived at the Benapole check-post in the morning on completion of all formalities, said Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Benapole Port Police Station.
Later, police handed over the bodies to the relatives.
The two Bangladeshi citizens were killed in the road accident early Saturday.
Sohag, son of Md Khalilur Rahman of Vutiyargati village in Jhenaidah municipality area, was a senior official of Grameenphone while Tania, daughter of Md Amirul Islam of Dhaka’s Lalmatia, was an official of City Bank.
Both the deceased were cousins and they went to neighbouring India on August 14 for treatment, where they met the tragic incident.
Two private cars collided head-on in Shakespeare Sarani of Kolkata around 1:50am on Saturday. At one stage, one of the cars hit the duo while waiting beside the road stuck amid heavy rainfall, leaving them critically injured.
Later, they were rescued and taken to The Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital (locally called as PG Hospital) where doctors pronounced them dead.