Cumilla, May 16 (UNB) – A suspected drug dealer was killed in an alleged gunfight with police at Satra area in Sadar upazila early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Shahidul Islam alias Kutu, 30, son of Delwar Hossain. Police said that he was accused in 10-12 cases.
Mohammad Abu Salam Miah, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station, said that they raided Shahidul’s house early in the morning.
Shahidul and his associates opened fire as soon as police reached the place, triggering a gunfight.
After the skirmish, police arrested Shahidul with gunshot wounds from the spot. He was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Police recovered a barrel pistol, three cartridges and 652 Yaba pills from the spot.
Barishal, May 16 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday granted bail to poet Henry Swapon in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Barishal Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shamim Ahmed granted the bail after hearing a petition filed by him.
Police arrested Swapon from his residence in the city on Tuesday for hurting religious sentiments.
The father of a catholic church in the city filed the case over Swapon’s Facebook post about Sri Lanka bombings.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) – Apparently expressing its displeasure over air pollution, mosquito menace and repeated digging of roads in the capital, the High Court on Wednesday said two city corporations have negligence to make Dhaka as a liveable city.
“You’re damaging road dividers which are good in condition and constructing those anew after a few days on a regular basis. Why’re so many breakdowns? You’re taking money from city dwellers but not providing them with adequate facilities,” the High Court said pointing at the chief executive officers of the two city corporations.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) CEO Abdul Hai and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) CEO Mostafizur Rahman appeared before the bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader in compliance with its earlier order to explain reports on steps taken to check air pollution in their respective areas.
The court also asked them to submit fresh reports by June 26 describing their measures taken to control air pollution and mosquito menace.
“You’re the servants of the republic. You must abide by laws and court orders. Your, our and all’s salaries are paid from taxpayers’ money. You’re provided with houses and cars with their money. You must be made accountable if you don’t follow rules and laws,” it said addressing the CEOs.
The court said there is waterlogging in Dhaka whenever there is any rain. “How will it go if everything doesn’t run properly and if the city can’t be made liveable even after around 50 years of the country’s independence?”
Only spraying water to prevent dusk pollution is not enough but a waste management is a must, it said.
Steps should be taken immediately to curb mosquito menace or else city dwellers will be infected with dengue and chikungunya, the court said, adding that Dhaka city must be made liveable for the future generation.
It also lauded late DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq for his initiatives, expressing the hope that its new mayor will carry those forward.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed a writ petition on January 27 last over the air pollution caused by multiple under-construction development projects in the city.
On January 28, the HC ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives twice a week to take legal actions against those responsible for air pollution in the capital.
The court had also asked the authorities concerned to take steps to surround areas undergoing development and repair works within the next 15 days to prevent the dust swirling. It had ordered to spray water in ‘dusk-prone’ areas twice a day.
The mayors of the two city corporations, their CEOs and the DoE director general were asked to submit a report by March 13.
However, the two city corporations failed to produce any paper before the court on whether they complied with its order.
On May 5, the High Court summoned the chief executive officers (CEOs) of two Dhaka city corporations asking them to appear before it on May 15 to explain their reports on steps taken to check air pollution in their respective areas.
The court passed the order after expressing their dissatisfaction as proper information on the steps taken over air pollution was absent in the report.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday asked Green Line Paribahan to pay within May 22 either the rest of Tk 45 lakh or at least a partial amount as compensation to Russel Sarkar, who lost his leg in an accident in the city’s Dholaipar on April 28 last year involving a bus of the company.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order after hearing a time petition filed by the bus company.
Advocate Khandaker Shamsul Haque Reza and Advocate Ummey Kulsum Smrity stood for the writ petitioner while Advocate Ojiullah represented the Green Line.
Earlier on April 10, Green Line paid Tk 5 lakh to Russel and the court gave them one month to pay the rest Tk 45 lakh.
On March 12, HC asked the bus company to pay Tk 50 lakh as compensation to Russel Sarkar within two weeks.
Shamsul Haque said Green Line sought time as its owner is sick and the court gave them time until May 22 to pay the full amount or at least a partial amount of the compensation.
A luxury coach of Green Line Paribahan hit Russel’s car from behind as it stood stationary on the slope of Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar in the city on April 28 last year.
As Russel stepped out of the car to assess the damage to the car, bus driver Kabir Hossain, in an act that has drawn outrage for its sheer idiocy and callous disregard for a fellow human being, drove the bus over him and fled the scene.
Later, police detained the bus along with the driver from near the Jatiya Press Club.
Russel’s left leg was amputated from the thigh down in the process of being run over.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday asked the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) and Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) to submit a report by June 23 containing a list of the companies involved in adulteration of milk, dairy products after examining those and what legal action taken against them.
It also asked Prof Dr Shahnnila Ferdousi, chief of the National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL), to appear before the court on May 21 along with the study report prepared by the organisation.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after hearing on a time petition.
Lawyer Mohammad Faridul Islam stood for BFSA, while barrister Sarker MR Hasan for BSTI, Lawyer Syed Mamun Mahbub for the Anti-Corruption Commission and deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik and assistant attorney general Helena Begum Chaina for the state.
On May 8, the HC directed BFSA to submit a list of the companies involved in adulteration of milk and curd within May 15.
During today’s hearing, the counsel for BFSA authorities, barrister Faridul Alam, informed that BFSA requires more time as it could not prepare the report within the timeframe.
BSFA submitted a report on May 8 which said harmful chemical lead and antibiotics were found in 96 samples of unpacked milk collected from the market.
Besides, adulteration was evident in 18 of the 31 samples of packaged milk but the names of the milk-producing companies responsible for the adulteration were absent in the report.
On February 11, the High Court directed the authorities concerned to conduct a survey to determine how much cow milk, dairy products and cow fodders containing bacteria, antibiotic, lead and pesticides are supplied across the country.
Different national dailies published reports on February 10 citing survey findings on the presence of pesticides, antibiotic and bacteria in raw cow milk.