Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday cleared the way to continue the trial proceedings of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in her absence.
The High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order rejecting a review petition filed by Khaleda Zia.
“Now there is no legal bar to continue the trial proceedings of the case in Khaleda’s absence,” said Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Khursid Alam Khan.
Earlier on September 27, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging a lower court’s decision.
Barrister Kaiser Kamal, a counsel for Khaleda Zia, filed the petition on behalf of the main accused in the case.
On September 20, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the special court, entrusted to try the case, decided to continue the trial proceedings in absence of the main accused.
Khaleda Zia, who has been in jail since her conviction in the Zia orphanage trust graft case on February 8, refused to appear before the court during the trial of Zia charitable trust case on ‘safety grounds’.
Later, the government shifted the court to jail premises to ensure his safety. Yet, she did not appear before the court.
The state counsel appealed to the court to continue the trial proceedings of the case in absence of Khaleda Zia. The court accepted their pleading.
Mymensingh, Oct 14 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Kalibari Bylane area of the city early Sunday.
The deceased Sharifur Rahman Sharif, 32, son of late Nazim Uddin of Krishtopur in the city, was accused in seven cases.
Being informed that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area to handle drugs, a team of police conducted drive around 1:45 am, said Shah Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police.
Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the drug traders hurled brick chips towards police, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, police rescued Sharif with bullet wounds.
Later, the injured was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Two policemen were injured, claimed the official adding that they recovered 100 pieces of Yaba tablet and five-kilogramme hemp from the spot.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Saturday that the law enforcers’ drives against drug traders will continue until narcotics trading is completely eliminated from the country.
The minister was talking to reporters after visiting four wounded Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city.
Earlier on Thursday night, a suspected drug trader was killed and four Rab personnel, including the deputy director of Rab-7 (Feni camp), were injured in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Muradpur in Panchlaish area of Chattogram.
The minister said, “Though four Rab members were injured during an operation, their mental strength has not been shattered rather revived. All who were involved in the attack have already been identified.”
“The man who died yesterday (Friday) was a top drug trader. Drives are on to arrest the other gang members,” he added.
Rab Director General Benzir Ahmed and other senior officials, among others, were also present there.
Sylhet, Oct 13 (UNB) – Police arrested a local leader of Bangladesh National Party (BNP) in an explosive case from Natunbazar area in Biswanath upazila on Saturday noon.
The arrestee was identified as Abdul Hai, member of Sylhet District BNP and senior joint-secretary of Biswanath upazila unit BNP.
The accused was produced before the court showing him arrested in the explosive case filed by police, said Md Samsuddoha, officer-in-charge of Biswanath Police Station.
On September 2, four crude bombs were blasted simultaneously in different spots of the town. However, no one was injured in those blasts.
Later, Sub-inspector Sabuj Kumar of Biswanath Police Station filed the case accusing 50-60 unnamed people including Abdul Hai.
Jashore, Oct 13 (UNB) – A suspected ‘criminal’ was killed in a ‘gunfight’ allegedly between two gangs of miscreants at Old Kosba area in the city early Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Taizul Rahman, 34, son of Hafizur Rahman of Kholadanga area in the city.
Officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, Apurba Hasan said in the early hour they went to the spot after being informed about a gunfight at Old Kosba area.
They found a bullet-hit body of Taizul from the spot, who was accused in seven murder cases including a recent murder of Jubo League activist in Kazipara area, he said.
Jubo League activist Sohag was hacked and slaughtered to death by some miscreants on September 28.
The body of Taizul was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy, said the OC.