Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) – Two Japanese nationals were arrested with 30 gold bars, weighing 12 kg, from the Hazrat Shahajalal International Airport on early Thursday.
Customs intelligence officials identified them as Takeo Mimura and Shuichi Sato.
Md Shahidul Islam, the director general of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate, said the two came on an ‘Air Aisa’ flight from Malaysia around 12:30am.
Tipped off, a team of customs intelligence intercepted them and found the gold after frisking them.
The seized gold bars have an estimated value of Tk 6 crore.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday ordered the authorities concerned to ensure the protocol privileges for those entitled to as per the constitution, warrant of precedence and the existing law.
It also directed for continuing the protocol privileges for those who are currently enjoying the facilities without any failure.
The HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order after hearing a writ filed by Supreme Court lawyer Shahinur Rahman.
The lawyer filed the writ attaching a report titled ‘Justice seeks VIP protocol defying HC order’ published in online news portals.
Advocate Ekramul Haque stood for the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukdar moved for the state.
Ekramul Haque said some media outlets ran stories on protocol privileges misquoting an HC bench observation and published confusing reports on the tour of a justice to Khulna.
On July 31, the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader ordered probe into the death of schoolboy Titash Ghosh in an ambulance on a ferry in Madaripur after its departure was delayed by three hours for a joint secretary.
During the hearing, a judge said, “They (joint secretaries) are not VIPs. They’re servants of the state. The law defines who are VIPs are. Especially, any decision can be taken for the President and the Prime Minister for the sake of security.”
Ambulances and the vehicles of fire service and police are allowed to move on a priority basis across the world and lamented that the case is totally opposite here, he had added.
Meanwhile, a High Court judge sought VIP room at Khulna Circuit House, car and police escort for his Khulna visit recently.
Online news portals reported that the judge had sought the VIP protocol although the High Court banned it.
Titash Ghosh, who was in an ambulance on a ferry, died of haemorrhage on July 25 as the authorities allegedly delayed the departure of a ferry at Kathalbari jetty-1 in Madaripur by three hours for joint secretary Abdus Sabur Mondol.
Khulna, Aug 7 (UNB) – Two railway policemen, including the officer-in-charge of Khulna Government Railway Police (GRP) Station, were attached to the GRP Lines for their suspected involvement with the reported gang-rape of a woman.
The action was taken against Railway Police Station OC Osman Goni and Sub-Inspector Nazmul Haque, said Assistant Police Superintendent (Railway Circle) Firoz Ahmed.
On August 5, a three-member probe body was formed to look into the reported gang-rape of a woman by five railway policemen before she was arrested as a drug peddler.
The probe body, led by Firoz, was asked to submit its report within seven working days.
Victim’s cousin said the woman came to Khulna from Jashore on Friday by train. As she got down at Khulna Railway Station around 7:30pm, some policemen took her to Khulna GRP Station where five policemen, led by OC Goni, gang-raped her.
The next day, police produced her before a court showing her arrested with five bottles of contraband Phensedyl.
As the victim raised the allegation in the courtroom, the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court ordered medical test on her.
Khulna, Aug 6 (UNB) –A court here on Tuesday sentenced 10 people to life term imprisonment in a case over the murder of a trader at Poddobila village in Digholia upazila in the district.
M Saifuzzaman Hiro, Judge of Public Safety Disturbance Crime Prevention Tribunal of Khulna, pronounced the verdict.
The lifers are –Abul Kashem, Kurbat Munshi, Faruk Molla, Manjurul Shikder, M Iran, Abu Taleb, Humayun Khan and Kabir Mollaof Poddobila village Digholia upazila, and Abdul Gaffar and Khalilur Rahman of Debhata upazila of Satkhira.
The court also fined them Tk 10,000 each.
According to the prosecution, police recovered the throat- slit body of local trader Altu Molla from Poddobila ground in Digholia upazila on December 17,2006.
Alamgir Hossain Molla, nephew of the victim, lodged a case with Digholia police station against some unidentified people.
After long investigation,IO of the case and SI of Digholia police station Fazlul Kabir submitted charge-sheet before the court accusing 12 people on May 26 in 2008.
Two other accused- Habib and Mithun-were acquitted as charges against them could not be proved.
Dhaka, Aug 6 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday ordered the authorities concerned to maintain a status-quo for two months on implementation of the gazette notification of the ninth wage board for journalists.
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Matiur Rahman, president of Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).
It also issued a rule asking why the finalisation of the ninth Wage Board Award without publishing recommendations of the Wage Board Award committee in gazette notification for giving opportunity to concerned stakeholders to raise objections, if any, according to the Labour Rules 2015 and submission of the final recommendations to the government should not be declared illegal.
The Cabinet Committee led by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, formed for finalising Wage Board Award, secretaries to the Information Ministry and Labour and Employment Minister and Chairman of the 9th Wage Board Award have been asked to respond within four weeks.
Advocate Mohamamd Yusuf Ali stood for the petitioner.
On July 26, Minister Quader said the recommendations for implementing the Ninth Wage Board will be sent to the Cabinet and it will take the final decision once the Prime Minister returns home.