Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Tuesday night arrested five suspected members of an international gold smuggling gang along with around 11 kg of gold from Gabtoli area in the city.
The arrestees are—Rejaul, 35, Md Waliur Rahman,30, Ohidul Islam, 34, and Md Billal Hossain, 35.
Briefing reporters at Rab’s Karwan Bazar media centre in the city on Wednesday afternoon, Commanding Officer of the Rab-2 Lt Col Anwaruzzaman said the five smugglers were arrested from an ‘Eagle Paribahan’ bus at Gabtoli bus terminal around 9:30 pm on Tuesday.
The elite force members also recovered 96 gold bars worth around 4.5 crore from their possessions.
During preliminary interrogation, the arrestees revealed that they usually collect gold bars from Old Dhaka and then go to Jashore concealing those in shoes in a unique way, said the Rab-2 Commanding Officer adding that the gold bars were being taken to smuggle those to India.
The arrestees also revealed that they usually carry gold consignment from Dhaka to Benapole eight times in a month and for this, they are given Tk 7000 each time, he added.
Replying to a question, the CO of the Rab-2 said the elite force has been trying to arrest the main culprit involved in the incident.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday said it got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold a rally in the city on Saturday, marking the party's 40th founding anniversary.
Talking to UNB, party publicity affairs secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anne said they got the verbal permission to hold the rally in front of their Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia gave them the permission as he and two other party leaders met him at his office around 1:30pm.
On August 14, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced to hold the rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their Nayapaltan central office on the occasion of their party’s founding anniversary.
On September 1, 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman founded the party wooing leaders and activists from different parties with a 19-point programme to build as a ‘self-reliant Bangladesh’.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) - The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) on Wednesday conducted a drive against unauthorised commercial entities in residential areas of Swamibagh and Wari in the city.
The drive, led by Rajuk Executive Magistrate Jesmin Akhter and Authorised Officer Md Nur Alam, fined the owner of an under-construction building Tk 2 lakh for not keeping open space while a rod-cement shop Tk 50,000 for running operation in a parking lot and a Well Food showroom Tk 5,000 for running in a residential building.
During the drive, several commercial entities were sealed off and some others asked to shift elsewhere in seven days.
The Rajuk is conducting the drive as part of the government’s decision to dismantle commercial structures from residential areas.
Rajuk Assistant Authorised Officer FR Ashik Ahmed and Chief Building Inspector Nipen Chandra Sindha were present.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights body, on Wednesday urged the government to form a judicial commission immediately for guaranteeing proper trial of the incidents of involuntary disappearances.
Marking the International Day of the Disappeared, observed on August 30 each year, ASK stressed on ensuring proper investigation and trial of every incident of disappearance in the country.
ASK, in a press statement, also asked the authority to find out the disappeared persons.
Referring the media reports, the right body said at least 310 persons disappeared from 2014 to 2018 in the country. Of them, bodies of 44 people were recovered, 45 others were shown arrested while 33 returned safe later.
“In these incidents, the victims’ families mostly claimed that the disappeared ones were taken by the law enforcers but the forces, most of the time, refute it”, they said.
The right body alleged, “If the missing person is not well-known one, law enforcers are not seen to play active role to find them out.”
Terming this type of abduction as a serious violation of human rights, ASK stressed the government to sign ‘the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance’ especially convention number eight, which is about the safety of disappeared persons.
In 2011 the United Nations (UN) declared August 30 as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to express its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world.