Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNB) – As part of its investigation into illegal wealth of those involved in casino business, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed a travel ban on 22 people, including Awami League MP Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon.
The national anti-graft body sent a letter, signed by the chief of the inquiry team and ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain, to Immigration Police of the Special Branch on Wednesday requesting it to take steps so that they cannot make any trip abroad.
On September 30, the ACC launched investigation against those who amassed wealth through casino business.
Syed Iqbal Hossain was given the charge of inquiry while its Director General (Special Investigation) Sayeed Mahbub Khan made investigation officer.
Earlier, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) directed all scheduled banks to send account details of a number of people, including Nurunnabi and his wife Farzana Chowdhury Ratna.
Elite force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) launched the anti-crime drive on September 18.
Chattogram, Oct 21 (UNB) – A tribunal here on Monday sentenced four people to death and two others to life imprisonment for killing trader Ranjan Sinha Chowdhury in Hathazari upazila in 2008.
The condemned convicts were identified as Mohsin, Imran, Forkan and Abdul Quader while the lifers are Abdul Monaf and Shahadat. The latter duo was also fined Tk 2 lakh each and in case of failure to pay the penalty, they will have to stay two more years in jail.
Judge of the Chattogram Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Md Abdul Halim pronounced the verdict in the afternoon.
According to the prosecution, as a sequel to previous enmity, some miscreants kidnapped Ranjan and killed him at Jugihat in the upazila on May 8, 2008. They dumped the body in a pond under water hyacinth.
Victim’s wife filed a case accusing six people with Hathazari Police Station.
Sirajganj, Oct 21 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Monday awarded 10 days’ imprisonment to each of 21 fishermen who were apprehended defying a government ban on catching mother hilsa at various points of the River Jamuna in Sirajganj.
Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Md Anisur Rahman gave the order in the afternoon.
Those convicted are : Belal, 52, Fulchan, 50, Ilyas, 45, Monirul,22, Alamin,25, Saiful,40, and Robi Alam,25, of Sirajganj Sadar Upazila ; Hanif, 37, Shahadat, 31, Abul Kalam, 35, Mojnu, 50, Shahalam, 42, Shah Alam, 36, Sona Mia, 24, Ashraf, 55, Suruzzaman, 35, and Fotik, 32, of Belkuchi upazila; Khadem, 35, of Kalihati upazila of Tangail; and Shah Alam, 40, Hasen, 22 and Hossain, 33, of Tangail sadar upazila.
Milon Sarker, ‘Peshkar’ of the mobile court, informed that acting on a tip off, the mobile court conducted a drive that started early on Monday morning along different points of the Jamuna as it flows through Sirajganj .
By afternoon, 21 fishermen were detained for netting hilsa using current nets. Besides, while over 105,000 meters of current nets and 30 KGs of illegally caught hilsha had been seized.
The current nets were burnt while the recovered hilsa was distributed among local orphanages and madrasahs.
Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Anwar Hossain and Ansar Battalion members were present during the drive.