Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) – The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has pressed charges against eight people in a case filed over the killing of LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy.
CTTC Inspector Mohammad Manirul Islam submitted a charge-sheet against them on Thursday.
However, the matter came to light on Sunday.
Those charge-sheeted are sacked Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, a suspected coordinator of banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam, Akram Hossain, Sabbirul Haque Chowdhury, Md Zunaid Ahmad alias Maulana Zuned alias Zunaid, Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, Md Arafat Rahman, Md Sheikh Abdullah and Asadullah.
Of the accused, four have been on the run.
Besides, the CTTC unit sought exemption of eight people from the charges as allegations brought against three of them could not be proved while the full names and addresses of the five others could not be found.
Xulhaz Mannan, editor of LGBT magazine Roopbaan, and his friend MahbubTonoy, an activist of theatre group Loknatya Dal, were hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants at an apartment in the capital's Kalabagan area on April 25, 2016.
A case was filed with Kalabagan Police Station on the same day in this connection.
Primarily, Detective Branch (DB) investigated the double murder. Later, the CTTC unit took the onus of probe and arrested four suspects in connection with the killings.
Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday instructed all the pasteurised milk-producing companies, including Aarong, Milk Vita, Pran and Fresh, to refrain from producing, marketing and selling milk for five weeks.
The HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the suo-moto order with immediate effect.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the selling of pasteurised milk containing antibiotic and lead for people’s consumption should not be declared illegal and unlawful, and why it would not be the violation of articles 15, 18, 31 and 32 related to ‘right to life’.
Besides, the HC wanted to know why directives should not be given to the respondents to take immediate and effective measures in resolving the current problem.
Advocate Anikar Haque, a counsel for previous writ petitioner, said the court took the reports of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) and Institute of Public Health with importance and ordered all the 14 the milk companies, which are registered with the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), to refrain from producing, selling and marketing milk for five weeks.
On July 14, the High Court sought the test reports of pasteurised milk of all companies within a week after testing the samples of those in four different laboratories -- International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Institute of Public Health, Food Safety Laboratory under the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.
A new test conducted by Prof ABM Faruque, former director of Dhaka University's Biomedical Research Centre, found the traces of antibiotics in pasteurised products of Pran, MilK Vita, Igloo, Aarong, and Farm Fresh.
On June 25, scientists said they found the traces of detergent and antibiotics in samples of raw and pasteurised milk of Pran, MilK Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.
Rajshahi, July 25 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday framed charges against 104 people, including Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, in a case filed over the murder of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist Faruk Hossain at Rajshahi University in 2010.
Additional Metropolitan Session’s Judge Enayet Kabir Sarker passed the order following charge-framing hearing.
Sayedee, who has been serving life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, was produced before the court from Rajshahi Central Jail around 11am amid tight security. He was accused of instigating the murder of the BCL man.
Advocate Mizanul Islam stood for the accused while Advocate Siraji Shawkat Salehin represented the state.
A clash took place between BCL and Islami Chhatra Shibir men on the RU campus on February 8, 2010 which left Faruk dead.
After the murder, the Shibir activists threw the body into a manhole.
A case was filed with Motihar Police Station the following day against 110 people. However, six of them have already died during the trial proceedings.
Dhaka, July 25 (UNB) - The High Court on Thursday asked the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to inform it about the steps taken to stop taking of excessive fees for dengue tests at private hospitals and clinics in the country.
The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Quader passed the order and asked the Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud to inform the court about the steps on Sunday.
Expressing concern over charging extra fees for dengue tests, the court said the fees should be within a logical range. The amount of fees may vary slightly from one hospital to another but there should not be any wide big gap in charging fees.
Deputy Attorney General Barrister Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar said private hospitals and clinics must not be like Five Star hotels. “The fees must be kept within a tolerable level,”
The court came up with the order on its own motion taking cognisance of a newspaper report over charging extra fees for dengue tests at private hospitals and clinics.
Another HC bench of the High Court on the same day dubbed the existing dengue scenario in the country worrying.
Meanwhile, Local Government Division Minister Md Tazul Islam on Thursday claimed that the dengue situation is under control.
“We’ve taken it as a challenge and it (dengue) is fully under control … because all the agencies are working together,” he said after launching cleanliness and anti-mosquito week in Dhaka.
Dhaka, July 25 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday dubbed the existing dengue scenario in the country worrying.
“Why isn’t the medicine (to exterminate mosquitoes) working?” the court asked, noting that the people are terrified.
Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Shohrowardi’s bench ordered the two city corporations to inform it how many days they will need to import medicine for controlling mosquitoes responsible for dengue and chikungunya.
The city corporations will have to file affidavits through lawyers within 2pm.
Earlier, brigadier generals Md Sharif Ahmed and Md Mominur Rahman Mamun, the chief health officers of Dhaka south and north city corporations respectively, appeared before the court.
Advocate Toufiq inam Tipu and Advocate Syed Ahmed Raza stood for DNCC and DSCC respectively and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Kazi Mainul Hasan represented the state.
At the hearing, Brig Gen Mamun said dengue is a global problem and that the situation in Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines has worsened. “We’ve brought medicine for controlling the mosquitoes but they aren’t working,” he said.
Earlier on July 22, the High Court summoned the chief health officers of the two city corporations of Dhaka to appear before it on July 25 to explain their failure in controlling mosquitoes in the city.
On July 16, the High Court had asked the authorities concerned to take effective measures within 24 hours to destroy Aedes mosquito for preventing the spread of dengue and Chikonguniya.
Dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, infected more than 8,500 people since the beginning of this year and claimed eight lives, according to official figures.
A total of 561 new dengue patients were hospitalised across the country on Wednesday. Of them, 559 were from Dhaka City, according to Dr Aysha Akter, Assistant Director at DGHS.
Local Government Minister Md Tajul Islam on Thursday claimed that the dengue situation was “fully under control”.