Barishal, Sep 4 (UNB) – A female constable and her father were sent to jail on Monday on charges of using fake certificates of freedom fighter (FF) to get police constable's job.
The accused are retired Subedar Abdul Latif Gazi and his daughter Constable Milky Akhter of Charkewtia village in Sadar upazila.
Additional Chief Magistrate Court Judge Maruf Ahmed passed the order after they sought bail in the case, said Sub-inspector Khakan, general recording officer of Kotwali Model Police Station.
According to the case statement, Milky Akhter took the job in police force showing fake freedom fighter certificate on February 20, 2010. After completing the training, she was posted to Barishal Metropolitan Police as a constable.
During the verification, the FF certificate submitted by the arrestee was found fake.
Later on May 30, Sub-inspector Kabir of reserve police filed a case with Kotwali Model Police Station accusing the father and the daughter.
Shariatpur, Sept 4 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with Detectives at Chhoygaon village of Sadar upazila early Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Md Sumon Pahar, accused in 11 cases including drug and extortion.
Officer-in-charge Md Azhar Ali, of district DB police, said on information a team of DB led by him conducted a drive at the village around 2:30am.
When, the DB team reached, the gang hurled crude bombs and open fire on them forcing them to retaliate, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, police rescued Sumon with bullet injured from the spot.
Later, he was rushed to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Three policemen were also injured.
Police recovered 51 Yaba tablets, 1kg hemp, 6 crude bombs and a motorcycle from the spot.
Sylhet, Sep 4 (UNB) – Police detained BNP UK unit Joint General Secretary Shohidul Islam Mamun from his residence in the city’s Badambagich area on Monday afternoon.
Based on obvious allegation, the law enforcers arrested him from his residence, said Md Abdul Wahab, additional deputy commissioner (Media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP).
The police official, however, denied disclosing the matter.
Meanwhile, sources at the SMP office said the secretary might have been detained for his involvement with the attack on Bangladesh High Commission in the UK.
Earlier on February 8, some leaders and activists of BNP attacked Bangladesh High Commission in the UK as its officials refused to accept a memorandum regarding Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Dhaka, Sep 4 (UNB) – The government has decided to hold the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case at central jail in old part of the city after setting a temporary court there.
The ministry for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in the afternoon issued a gazette notification in this regard.
The notice said that the place of Special Judge Court-5 where the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust case was in progress has now been shifted to the administrative building of central jail in Old Dhaka for security reason.
The Special Judge Court-5 has been hearing the case in the makeshift court at Government Alia Madrasah premises in Bakshibazar area.
Meanwhile, Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol said “Khaleda has been skipping court appearances since February for health ground. In this circumstance, government has decided to shift the court at the jail.”
BNP chairperson is now staying in central jail in Nazimuddin Road of Old Dhaka, serving five years’ rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8.
The government took the decision as ACC applied for it, he said.
The hearing of Zia Charitable Trust graft case was last held on February 1.
On August 8, 2011, Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abuse of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) - Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the draft Road Transport Bill which was recently approved by the Cabinet can still be amended.
“The Road Transport Bill was approved in principle only by the Cabinet. So, there’s nothing to worry about it,” he told a meeting at his ministry with intellectuals and experts on prevention of road accidents.
The bill will now be placed before Parliament and then to the parliamentary standing committee concerned for scrutiny, Quader said. “I’ll recommend inviting intellectuals and experts at the meeting of the standing committee for a better outcome.”
He said the bill will be passed in the upcoming parliament session which will be its last session.
The minister also said parliament will not be dissolved before the national election.
Mentioning that the bill was sent to the Cabinet one year ago and it had been waiting for its approval since then, he said, “I salute the protesting students because it finally came to the fore due to their protest.”
Quader, also General Secretary of the ruling Awami League, said they were trying to restrict the plying of three-wheelers and human-haulers on highways. “But the local representatives are backing their plying. The ban on the plying of human-haulers can be implemented if local representatives extend their cooperation,” he said, adding that everything will come under discipline if politics is brought under regulation.
Ilias Kanchan, renowned actor and founder of road safety organisation ‘Nirapad Sarak Chai’ said the provision of highest 5 years’ jail in the draft bill for any death or serious injuries caused by reckless driving is not enough.
He demanded that the punishment be raised to at least 10 years’ jail.
The safe road campaigner also demanded a provision of murder case under section 302 if people die in road accidents involving a vehicle having no fitness and licence, or with fake licence.
He also suggested that educational qualification of both drivers and helpers should be above Class-VIII and considering road crash victim’s age, income and condition while providing compensation.
On August 6 last, the Cabinet approved the draft Road Transport Bill with a provision of highest 5 years’ jail or fine or both for any death or serious injuries caused by reckless driving.
Under the proposed law, if death through road crash is proved as intentional murder then the offenders will be punished as per the Penal Code.
Architect Mubasshar Hussain, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, director of Accident Research Institute (ARI) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) Dr Mizanur Rahman and representatives of transport owners and workers were present at the meeting with Obaidul Quader in the chair.