Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – Two suspected drug traders were killed in separate incidents of ‘gunfight’ with police in Rajshahi and Chandpur districts early Thursday.
In Rajshahi, Manik, 30, a suspected drug trader, son of Shahab Uddin of Natun Para in Charghat upazila, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Muktarpur village early Thursday.
Being tipped off that a group of drug traders were gathering in the area, a team of police conducted a drive around 2:45 am, said Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Charghat Police Station.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back.
At one stage, Manik was caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injuries. Later, he was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead.
Three policemen were injured in the incident. Manik was wanted in 13 cases, said police.
One pistol, one bullet and 50 bottles of Phensidyl were recovered from the spot.
In Chandpur, an unidentified man, believed to be a drug trader and aged about 30, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Shahrasti upaizla early Thursday.
Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti Model Police Station, said tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 3:15 am.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers the criminals opened fire on them, prompting police to take action in self-defense. Later, the body the unidentified drug trader was recovered from the spot.
Beside, one pipegun, six bullets and 83 pieces of Yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.
Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) - Customs Preventive team arrested an Indian national along with 22 gold bars, weighing 12.3 kg, at Shahjalal International Airport early Thursday.
The arrestee is Arshad Ayaz, 46, hailing from Kolkata in West Bengal.
A flight of Thai Airways landed at the airport from Bangkok at night.
Tipped off, the team challenged Arshad while crossing the green channel of the airport around 1 am and recovered 22 gold bars worth Tk 6.15 crore kept in his waist wrapped with white scotch tape, said Airport Customs House (preventive) Deputy Commissioner Othello Chowdhury.
Later, he was handed over to police.
Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday fixed Sunday for delivering order on a petition filed by the state seeking stay on the High Court order granting six months bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in an arson case filed under the Special Powers Act in Cumilla.
A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after the hearing on the petition.
Attorney General MahbubeyAlam stood for the state while Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali represented Khaleda.
Earlier on Monday, the High Court granted a 6-month bail to the BNP Chairperson following a bail petition in the arson case.
Later, the government filed a petition seeking a stay on the HC order on the following day.
Earlier on July 23, the HC directed the Cumilla Special Judge Court-1 to dispose of the bail petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case within July 26.
Khaleda's lawyer filed a bail petition with High Court as the Cumilla court rejected the bail petition of Khaleda on July 25.
Eight people were killed and 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance's movement on February 3, 2015.
Two cases were filed against Khaleda in this connection.
On February 8, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Dhaka, Jul 30 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday directed the owners of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ to provide Tk 5 lakh within a week to each family of the two students who were killed in a road crash at Airport Road on Sunday.
The court also ordered the bus owners to bear all the costs of treatment of the nine students injured in the accident.
The Chairman of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) was directed to make sure that the HC order is executed.
A bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Barrister Ruhul Kuddus Kajal in the form of public interest litigation.
The court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why directives should not be given to provide Tk 2 crore to each family as compensation and ensure people’s safety in public transports through strictly implementing the traffic rules.
Secretaries to Home, and Road Transport and Bridges ministries, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, its Additional Commissioner (Traffic), Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan authorities were asked to respond to the rule.
Besides, the BRTA chairman was asked to submit a report within August 12 on what steps they have taken to ensure security of commuters on roads and on the basis of what drivers of public transports are given driving licences.
Earlier on Sunday, two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College -- Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib -- were killed as a Kabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital at Airport Road.
A case was filed on Sunday night over the incident and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two drivers and two helpers of three buses from different parts of the capital on Monday.
Dhaka, Jul 25 (UNB) – International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) sent the central assistant secretary of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Hamidur Rahaman Azad, to jail after he surrendered before it on Wednesday.
A three-member bench led by Judge Md Shahinur Islam passed the order after rejecting his bail application.
Earlier on June 9 in 2013, ICT sentenced Hamidur Rahaman for three months jail on charge of contempt of court as he delivered speech criticizing the ICT and its judgments during a public rally at Shapla Chattar in the capital on February 4 of the same year.
Hamidur remained absconding since then.
Advocate Abdus Subhan Tarafdar and Abdus Sattar Palowan were on the side of Hamidur while Advocate Ziad Al Malum stood as prosecutor.
Hamidur Rahman Azad was elected to Parliament in 2008 from Cox's Bazar-2 as a Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami candidate.
He served in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Water Resources.