Cox’s Bazar, Nov 20 (UNB) – Two suspected drug traders and a listed pirate were killed in separate gunfights with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Teknaf upazila early Tuesday.
Two suspected drug traders Jahangir Kudrat, 32, son of Md Abdul Hakim, hailing from Mymensingh district and Md Arif Hossain, 30, son of Abdul Barek, hailing from Munshiganj, were killed in the reported with Rab in Keruntoli area.
A team of Rab signaled a Cox’s-Bazar bound truck to stop at a check post on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf road, the criminals from inside the vehicle opened fire on them, said Lieutenant Mirza Shahed of Rab-7 Teknaf office.
For self-defense, the elite force members retaliated that triggered the gunfight.
After the gunfight, the Rab members recovered two bodies from the truck and one lakh pieces of Yaba tablet, two locally made arms and eight round bullets.
Besides, Deedarul Islam, 32, son of late Yusuf Nabi, resident of Uttar Amjakhali, one of the listed pirates under the Home Ministry and Prime Minister’s office, was killed in a reported gunfight with Rab in Kutubdia Dwip around 4 am.
Being informed that a gang of pirates was taking preparation for committing robbery, a team of Rab conducted drive in the area, said Rab-7 company commander Major Mahedi Hasan.
Sensing the presence of elite force, the gang members opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.
After the brief gunfight, they recovered the bullet-hit body of Deedarul.
The elite force also recovered huge arms and ammunition from the spot.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the family of one-year-old Nabila, who was killed in an accident in city’s Asad Gate should not be provided Tk 50 lakh as compensation for the accident.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik Al Jalil came up with the rule after hearing a writ petition.
Barrister Mohammad Abdul Halim stood for the petitioner.
Abdul Halim, said Nabila, a one-year-old girl was crushed under the wheels of a truck as she fell from her mother’s lap when the truck hit a rickshaw carrying them in city’s Asad Gate area on October 22.
Secretaries to Home, Road Transport and Bridges Ministries, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Inspector General of Police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner and four others have been made respondent to the rule in four weeks.
The HC also asked the Officer-in-Charge of Mohammadpur Police Station to submit a report about what steps have been taken so far in the death of Nabila so far within thirty days of the court order.
The court also fixed January 6 for next hearing.
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation filed a writ petition seeking steps of the government about the incident.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) – Describing the Narayanganj seven-murder incident as a grotesque crime and inhuman conduct, the High Court has observed that a strong message needs to be sent to the perpetrators so that no such incident is committed by anybody else in future and that no one is above the law.
Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam came up with the observation in the full verdict of the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder cases.
The full text of the 800-page judgment was released on Monday and later it was published on the website of the Supreme Court.
“… a strong message needs to be sent to the perpetrators of grotesque crimes and inhuman conduct in ghastly manner against humanity so that no such gravest crime of extreme brutality as committed by the convicted-accused persons of this case is committed by anybody else in future and that none is above law,” the court said in the observation.
Mentioning that Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is a symbol of security and trust in the estimation of people, it, however, said the acts of a few aberrated Rab–personnel like those in this case, the glory and achievement of the force cannot be tarnished in any way.”
In the present case, the accused Rab personnel acted illegally with individual responsibility and upon personal interest, the court said.
On August 22, 2017, the High Court upheld the death sentence of 15 convicts, including Nur Hossain and three Rab officials, and commuted the penalty of 11 others to life imprisonment in two cases filed over the seven murders.
The court also upheld various jail terms of nine others in the cases.
Before that, a Narayanganj court on January 16, 2017 sentenced 26 people, including three sacked Rab officials and ex-city councilor Nur Hossain, to death and nine others to different jail terms in the two cases.
On April 27, 2014, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates, driver and senior lawyer at the District Judge's Court Chandan Kumar Sarkar and his driver were abducted from Narayanganj.
Three days after their abduction, the bodies of six of them were recovered from the Shitalakhya River.
The following day, the body of Nazrul's car driver Jahangir was recovered from the river.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to block all the pornography websites in the country for six months.
A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal came up with the order after hearing a writ petition.
The secretaries of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Law and Information, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and all mobile phone operators have been asked to execute the order.
Besides, the court issued a rule asking them to explain as to why websites with pornography should not be blocked permanently.
The rule also sought explanation as to why there will be no provision for attaching the National Identity Card (NID) number in all social media, including Facebook, for rating user’s age and why directives should not be given to stop lucrative short-term internet offers from mobile phone companies.
Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab who stood for the petitioners said the court ordered blocking of not only the porn sites but also any website containing indecent contents.
During the hearing, a survey of non-government organisation Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) was placed before the court which shows that 77 percent of school-going students of the capital are addicted to pornography.
Earlier on November 11, human rights organisation -- Law and Life Foundation, Md Rasel Hossain of Chandpur and Khairul Hasan Sarkar of Mymensingh -- filed the write petition with the High Court.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) – A provisional leave to appeal was filed on Monday seeking stay on the High Court verdict that extended the jail term of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years.
Joynul Abedin Tuhin, advocate on record, filed the petition with the concerned wing of the Appellate Division.
Khaleda’s Lawyer Barrister NawshadJamir said that as they are yet to get certified copy of the verdict in the case, they filed the CMP (Criminal Miscellaneous Petition also known as provisional leave to appeal.
Earlier on October 30, the HC extended the jail term of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment and five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, to 10 years’ imprisonment each.
The ACC filed a revision appeal seeking her sentence to be extended to life imprisonment.
On Sunday, Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court (HC) challenging her conviction by a trial court in the much-talked-about Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
On October 29, a Special Court-5 pronounced the verdict sentencing her to seven years’ imprisonment in her absence when she was undergoing treatment at Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.