Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Police on Thursday pressed charges against six people in a case over the death of two college students in a road accident on Airport Road on July 29.
The accused are Shahadat Hossain, owner of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus which is responsible for the accident, its driver Masum Billah, his assistant Enayet Hossain, owner of another ‘Jabal-e-Noor’ bus Jahangir Alam, its driver Zobair Sumon and his assistant Asad.
Among them, Asad and Jahangir Alam remain absconding.
DB Inspector Kazi Shariful Islam, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the chargesheet.
Talking to reporters at Dhaka Metropolitan Media Centre on Thursday afternoon, additional commissioner (DB) of DMP said that as the accident sparked student protests across the country, the investigation has been done within one month on priority basis.
“We expect that the court will start the trial soon and it will be finished soon. The highest punishment for the offence will be life term imprisonment,” said the DMP official.
It was found in the investigation that the accident took place following the competition of two drivers of the vehicles of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’.
Earlier on July 29, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, were killed as a bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road in the capital.
The accident triggered a widespread protest by students, demanding safe roads and seeking justice for their fellows.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - Newly elected mayors of Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations AHM Khairuzzman Liton and Ariful Haque Chowdhury took oath of office on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina administered the oath at a ceremony held at the Shapla Hall of her office.
Later, 76 newly elected councillors from general wards and reserved seats of the two city corporations were also sworn in at the same venue. Of them, 40 councillors are from Rajshahi and 36 from Sylhet.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain administered the oath to the councillors. Local Government Division Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader were present.
The elections to Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations were held on July 30 last.
Awami League mayoral candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton was elected in Rajshahi city, while BNP’s Ariful Haque Chowdhury sealed the victory in Sylhet city.
The Prime Minister, however, said no one will be spared on political consideration in case of any irregularities and corruption, instigation to militancy and terrorism activities in any place.
Mentioning her government's plan to establish a medical university in Sylhet, she said her government never allocated budget for local bodies on political consideration.
“When we make fund allocations and undertake any project, we don’t consider what party they belong to as we consider the welfare of people,” she added.
Hasina said the government made huge allocations for the Sylhet City Corporation.
Underlining the importance of having a sustainable democratic system in the country, she said a country can prosper under a democratic rule. Over the last 10 years, Bangladesh has been able to achieve tremendous success in every sector due to uninterrupted democracy, she said.
Today Bangladesh is recognised as a role model of development, he said highlighting different socioeconomic development activities taken by her government since 2009.
Hasina said the Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 has been prepared envisaging the next hundred years of development. “Bangladesh is now a developing country and we’ve to make it sustainable to go ahead.”
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – A legal notice has been severed on the government to revoke the gazette notification shifting the special court to old Central Jail for the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
BNP chief’s lawyer Barrister Nawshad Jamir sent the legal notice to the law secretary by post on Wednesday noon.
Talking to UNB, Barrister Nawshad Jamir said he sent the legal notice seeking cancellation of the gazette notification on the shifting of the court within September 8.
He also said they will take recourse to law if necessary legal steps are not taken in this connection.
According to the legal notice, the government’s decision to use a room of the administrative building of the old Central Jail as a temporary court is motivated and the misuse of section 9 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
On Tuesday, the government decided to hold the trial of the BNP chairperson in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case at central jail in old part of the city after setting a temporary court there.
The Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry 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 were in progress have now been shifted to the administrative building of the central jail in Old Dhaka for security reason.
The Special Judge Court-5 has been hearing the case in the makeshift court on Government Alia Madrasah premises in Bakshibazar.
On February 8, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police arrested nine members of a fraudulent gang on charges of misappropriating huge amounts of money from an office in the capital’s Nikunja on Tuesday night.
Members of the specialized police unit also seized 25 passports, including nine fake ones, as well as 10 fake visas and Tk 7.15 lakh in cash along with other illegal documents from the office.
The arrestees are—Shariful Islam Sajib, Gulam Mostafa, Mukhlesur Rahman, Asadul Hoque, Altaf Hossain alias Rajib, Asaduzzaman Babu alias Aziz, Abdul Quader Sarker alias Nurunnabi alias Ratan, Abuol Kalam Azad alias Hasan alias Bullet and Jahangir Alam.
Based on secret information, a CID team raided a neighbourhood in Nikunja and arrested the nine members of the organized gang at around 8:30 pm.
Briefing reporters at the CID headquarters in the city’s Malibagh on Wednesday afternoon, its Special Super (SS) of Dhaka Metro (South) Enamul Kabir said the arrestees were involved in misappropriating money from unsuspecting people in the guise of a recruiting agency that would send them abroad, mostly to Kuwait, for jobs using false documents, including fake visas and medical test reports as well as manpower certificate.
The gang is known to have taken Tk 20 lakh from seven people in the name of sending them to Kuwait. But they failed to send any of them. After examining the visas in the passports recovered in the raid, CID found them all to be fake, SS Enamul Kabir said.
A case was filed with Nilkhet Police station in connection with the incident.
Dhaka, Sep 5 (UNB) - Bangladesh Auto-rickshaw Auto-tempo Transport Workers Federation (BAATWF) has protested the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) ban on the plying of the human hauler, locally known as Leguna, in the city’s main road.
In a joint statement, president of BAATWF Rezaul Islam and secretary, Golam Faruque said that ban on such vehicles without arranging alternative job for the transport workers will hit hard their livelihoods.
They said about 4500 Legunas have been plying on the city roads obtaining permission from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and the sector employs several thousand workers.
“But it is not understandable as why now all on a sudden a ban on such vehicles was imposed when these are providing services not only the people, also to the government administration”.
They said such action is like cutting off the nose to spite the face.