Dhaka, Feb 11 (UNB) - The High Court on Monday asked the government to provide Tk 1 lakh as compensation to each of the families of five victims including four children who died in separate road crashes in Uttara, Gazipur, Barishal, Sylhet, and Chattogram recently.
The Home, and Road Transport and Bridges secretaries, and the Chairman of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority were asked to pay the compensation within 15 days.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order after hearing a writ petition.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain why directives should not be given to provide Tk 50 lakh as compensation to each family.
The rule also sought explanation as to why the failure of government to prevent road accidents should not be declared illegal.
Home, and Road Transport and Bridges secretaries, Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Inspector General of Police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Chattogram Metropolitan Police Commissioner were made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks.
Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust filed the writ petition seeking compensation for the victims.
Lawyer Md Abdul Halim stood for the petitioner and Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state.
In separate roar crashes, Faiza Tahsin, 10, was killed at city’s Uttora area on February 5, Miraz Khan, 5, at Kaliakoir of Gazipur on February 3, Liza Aktar, 9, in Barishal, Ahmed Rifat, 6, at Balaganj of Sylhet and Nusrat Chowdhury, 23, at Sitakunda of Chattogram on February 2.
Earlier on February 5, HC issued a similar order to provide Tk 1 lakh as compensation to each of the families of another four students who died in separate road crashes in Keraniganj and Chattogram districts in January.
Dhaka, Feb 11 (UNB) - The High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to conduct a survey to determine how much cow milk, dairy products and cow fodder containing bacteria, antibiotic, lead and pesticides are supplied across the country.
The High Court bench of Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice K M Hafizul Alam came up with the order following a report published in different national dailies on adulterated milk.
The HC also asked the authorities concerned to submit a report within 15 days.
Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock and Health secretaries, cabinet secretaries, all members of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, members of Central Food Safety Management Coordination Committee, and Chairman of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) have been made respondents.
Besides, the court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the inaction and failure of the respondents to stop the adulteration of cow milk and dairy food would not be declared illegal and those who are mixing lead and pesticides with those would not be brought under law.
The court also fixed March 3 for next hearing.
Different national dailies published a report on Monday citing a survey report on the presence of pesticides, antibiotic and bacteria in raw cow milk.
Chattogram, Feb 10 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday ordered the officer-in-charge of Fatikchhari Police Station to record a case against a couple and their daughter over the killing of their domestic help Kusum Akhter, 20.
Senior Judicial Magistrate-5 Shahidullah Kaisar passed the order at noon, said Advocate Imran Nayeem.
He said the court ordered the OC to record the case and take legal actions over the murder.
It is ordered the OCs of Fatikchhari and Khulshi police stations to submit a report on whether any case or unnatural death case was filed over the incident.
Victim’s father Ramjan Ali filed a case with Judicial Magistrate Court Shipul Kumar Dey on November 1, 2018.
The accused were homeopathic practitioner Md Mostafa, 50, his wife Chowdhury Ferdous, 45, and their daughter Smrity Majumdar, 28, residents of Koterpara area in Fatikchhari upazila.
According to the case statement, Kusum Akhter used to work at the couple’s house as a domestic help.
On October 24, 2018, the couple informed Ramjan Ali that his daughter suddenly fell sick.
Kusum died within two hours and they brought the body to Ramjan’s house and told him that his girl died after falling sick. Later, they fled the house.
Chattogram, Feb 10 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday sentenced a young man to death for killing a minor girl after rape in Hathazari upazila in 2008.
The convict is Amir Hossain alias Jamal, 24, son of Omar Ali of Sapmara village in Fatikchhari upazila.
Judge Motahar Ali of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 also fined him Tk 1 lakh.
The 10-year-old girl, Julie, daughter of Jebon Hossain, hailing from Fatehpur village in Fatikchhari, went to her paternal aunt’s house at Sapmara village, according to the prosecution.
On May 17, 2008, Amir took the girl to a nearby bush and violated her there. Later, the culprit strangled her and dumped the body into a nearby canal.
The following day, victim’s uncle Abdur Rahim filed a case accusing him.
Jashore, Feb 7 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to life-term imprisonment for killing his wife by setting her on fire in Ghop Naoapara area in the district town in 2004.
Judge TM Musa of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 also fined the convict Ashfakur Rahman, son of Kubed Ali of the village, TK 20,000, in default to suffer another two months in jail.
Special Public Prosecutor M Idris Ali said Ashfakur started torturing his wife Jannatul Ferdous for dowry within days of their wedding on October 8, 2004.
On the night of November 2 of the same year, in a culmination of the carnal torture, Ashfakur set his wife on fire after dousing her with Kerosene. Jannatul was rushed to Jashore 300-bed General Hospital and later, moved to Dhaka Medical Collage Hospital (DMCH) where she succumbed to severe burn injuries.
Later, her mother Shahnaj Begum filed a case with Kotwali Polcie Station accusing Ashfakur.
However, the convicted husband has been on the run after the incident, and remains absconding.