Khulna, Jan 3 (UNB) – Local journalist Hedait Hossain Mollah, who was arrested in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for running a report on the election results of Khunla-1 constituency reportedly with false information, was released from jail on bail on Thursday night.
Hedait, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and online portal Bangla Tribune, walked out of Khulna District Jail around 6:45pm after a court granted him bail in the case.
District and Session's Judge Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury granted bail until January 14 to the journalist in the afternoon after hearing a bail petition filed by his lawyer Masum Billah.
Police arrested Hedait, also and City Editor of local newspaper Dainik Probaho, from Gallamari area in the city on Tuesday afternoon.
Later on Wednesday, he was placed on a three-day remand in the case.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case with Batiaghata Police Station on Monday night against Hedait and Rashedul Islam, Khulna Bureau Chief of the Dainik Manabzamin and newly elected vice-president of Khulna Press Club.
According to the case statement, Bangla Tribune and Manabzamin published report headlined '22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1' based on false and fabricated information.
Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court formed two benches on Thursday to run judicial activities.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued an order to form the benches, said special officer Mohammad Saifur Rahman of the High Court Division.
The chief justice will chair one bench. Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique, Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Md Nuruzzaman will assist him.
Senior Justice Muhammad Imman Ali will lead another bench and will be assisted by Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Abu Bakar Siddiquee.
The benches will start operation on Sunday.
Besides, Justice Md Nuruzzaman has been appointed as the chamber judge of the Appellate Division.
Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) – A speedy tribunal here on Thursday sentenced a man to death in a sensational case over the murder of former college teacher Krishna Kaberi Biswas in Mohammadpur area in the capital.
The condemned convict is M Jahirul Islam Polash, manager of a broker house in Gulshan. He was tried in absentia.
Under section 302 of Penal Code, the court fined him Tk one lakh.
Besides, under section 20 and 7 of the Penal Code, the court sentenced him to life term imprisonment for the attempt to murder Kaberi’s husband and two daughters, leaving them injured.
Under the sections, the court also fined him Tk 50,000, in default, he has to serve one year more imprisonment.
Krishna Kaberi Biswas, 36, wife of BRTA deputy director Sitangshu Shekhar Bishwas and a former teacher of the city’s Mission International College, came under a brutal hammer attack by Jahirul at their apartment in Mohammadpur Iqbal road on March 30, 2015.
Jahirul entered the flat of Sitangshu, who was acquainted to him, to greet him on his belated birthday. Then Jahirul hit him on the head with a hammer after making him drowsy with contaminated juice, leaving him injured.
As Krishna wanted to save her husband, the killer hacked her with a kitchen sickle and later set her on fire. She died the next day.
Their 14-year-old daughter Srabani Biswas Sruti and eight-year-old daughter Arti Biswas were also injured in the attack.
Later, Sitangshu’s brother Sudangshu Shekor Bishwas filed the murder case with Mohammadpur police station on April 1 accusing Jahirul and his brother-in-law.
Later, police pressed chargesheet acquitting his brother-in-laws.
After examining all the records and witnesses, Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 judge Shahed NurUddin handed down the verdict.
Sangsad Bhaban, Jan 3 (UNB) - Newly-elected members of parliament (MPs) of Awami League, Jatiya Party and other parties as well as independent ones were sworn in at three separate functions on Thursday.
Outgoing Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury first took oath herself as an MP and then administered the oath to other AL MPs at the Oath Room of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 11am.
Later, the Speaker administered the oath to the MPs of Workers’ Party, Jasod (Inu), Bikalpadhara Bangaldesh, Jatiya Party (JP-led by Manju) and Tarikat Federation as well as the independent ones at 11:45 am.
Dr Shirin administered the oath to the Jatiya Party MPs at 12:18pm.
But, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad was not seen in the oath-taking function. He is likely to take oath at 3pm, sources said.
Senior Secretary of Parliament Secretariat Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony for new MPs elected in the 11th parliamentary election.
However, the five elected MPs of BNP and two of Gano Forum did not turn up to take oath till filing of the report at 1:00pm.
On Tuesday, the Election Commission published the official gazette containing the names of the newly-elected 298 MPs.
Of the elected MPs, 257 are from Awami League, 22 from Jatiya Party, five from BNP, three from Workers' Party, two each from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasod-led by Inu), Bikalpadhara Bangladesh and Gano Forum, one each from Jatiya Party (Manju-led JP) and Tarikat Federation and three independent ones.
A total of 288 MPs were elected from the AL-led Grand Alliance, while seven from Jatiya Oikyafront.
Of the 300 seats, 299 constituencies went to polls on Sunday as the election to Gaibandha-3 constituency was earlier postponed following the death of Jatiya Oikyafront candidate. The polls to Gaibandha-3 will be held on January 27.
Of the 299 constituencies, the EC did not declare the election results of Brahmanbaria-2 as the balloting in three polling stations was postponed there.
The Election Commission on Wednesday sent a letter to the Parliament Secretariat for arranging the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected MPs.
According to law, any newly elected MP should take oath within the three days after publication of the gazette and if anyone fails to take oath within 90 days of the 1st session, his constituency will fall vacant.
Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) – Two suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights in Meherpur and Cumilla districts on Wednesday and early Thursday.
In Meherpur, police recovered the bullet-hit body of a suspected drug peddler from Buripota bordering area in Sadar upazila early Thursday.
Rabiul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said hearing sounds of gunshots, a police team went to a litchi orchard and recovered the body of an unidentified man early in the morning and sent it to a local hospital morgue for autopsy.
Police suspected that a gun battle took place between the two groups of drug peddlers in the area.
They also recovered one shutter gun and 30 bottles of phensidyl syrup from the spot.
In Cumilla, Saiful Islam, 22, a ‘drug trader’ and son of Jahangir Alam of Jorameher village, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Detective Branch of police at Managram in Adarsha Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.
Tipped off, a team of detectives conducted a drive in the area around 11:15 pm, said Nasir uddin Mridha, officer-in-charge of DB police.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, Saiful’s associates opened fire on police, prompting them to fire back.
At one stage, Saiful sustained bullet injuries while the others managed to flee.
Later, he was taken to Cumilla Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him dead around 12 am.
One revolver, 300 pieces of Yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.
Abu Salam Mia, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station, said Saiful was wanted in several cases.