Newly-wed man dies by suicide in Chandpur
A newly-wed man allegedly died by suicide after hanging himself from the ceiling of his house at Nahara village in Kachua upazila on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Prokash Chandra Sarkar, 27, son of Niranjan Sarkar of the village. Ibrahim Khalil, officer-in-charge of Kachua Police Station, said Prokash, an expatriate in Oman, returned to the country two months back. On March 9, he got married. On Tuesday, Prokash along with his family went to his in-law’s house and after returning to their home at night they went to their respective rooms. Prokash was found hanging from the ceiling early Wednesday, said his family members. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to a local hospital morgue. Also read: Rajshahi couple commits suicide The reason behind the apparent suicide could not be known immediately. However, police suspected that Prokash might have killed himself as he failed to repay the debts. An unnatural death case was filed in this connection.
Suicide bombing in southwestern Pakistan kills 10 policemen
A suicide bomber riding on a motorcycle rammed into a police truck in Pakistan's restive southwest, killing at least 10 policemen and wounding 12 officers in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent months, authorities said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which took place on a bridge in the district of Sibi in Baluchistan province, but Baluch separatists and local militants have been blamed for previous such attacks. Mahmood Notenzai, a local police chief, said the officers were on a routine patrol when the attack happened, initially killing nine. The casualties were taken to a nearby hospital, where one of the critically wounded policemen later died, he added. Sibi is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Quetta, the provincial capital. Notenzai said the officers who came under attack were deployed last week to Sibi, where an annual cultural festival was held amid tight security. An army helicopter was sent to evacuate the seriously wounded to a hospital in Quetta, where better health facilities are available. Last year, a suicide bomber from the extremist Islamic State group targeted President Arif Alvi 's security convoy when he attended the Sibi festival. Alvi was far away from the site of the bombing, which killed five troops. IS militants later claimed responsibility for that attack. The festival has been celebrated for several centuries to mark the advent of summer. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack. In a statement, he expressed his condolences to the families of those killed and ordered health officials to provide the best medical care for the wounded policemen. He said the attack was part of nefarious enemy plans to destabilize Pakistan and vowed to defeat terrorism. Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, the top elected official in Baluchistan, also denounced the bombing. “The terrorists who are carrying out such attacks are the enemy of Pakistan,” he said, adding that they will not shake the resolve of the country's police. Baluchistan has long struggled with a low-level insurgency by the Baluchistan Liberation Army and other small separatist groups demanding independence from the central government in Islamabad. Authorities claim to have quelled the insurgency but violence has persisted. The province has also seen attacks by militants from both the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State group.
'Abandoned' wife of councillor commits suicide in N’ganj
The wife of a councillor of No 3 ward of Narayanganj City Corporation committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a building at Chashara Balur Math in Narayanganj on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Sadia Nijhu, 1st wife of Councillor Shahajalal Badal. Anisur Rahman Molla, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model Police Station, said Sadia used to live with her mother as Councillor Badal abandoned her after his second marriage. Sadia jumped off the seven-storey building in the morning. Also read: SUST student dies ‘by suicide’ Later, she was taken to Narayanganj General Hospital where the doctors declared her dead. However, the phone number of Councillor Badal was found switched off. On February 8, 2022, Sadia in a press briefing at her residence alleged that Councillor Badal 'abandoned' her and married another woman without taking permission from Sadia. According to the allegation of Sadia, she married to Badal in 2007 and the couple has been blessed with a child through IVF (In vitro fertilization). Besides, Badal is the nephew of Nur Hossain, a death row convict in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case.
Fardin’s father to file ‘no confidence’ petition against DB probe report claiming his death suicide
Kazi Nuruddin Rana, father of Buet student Fardin Noor, who was found dead in Shitalakhkhya River on November 7, last year, filed a petition seeking time to file a no-confidence petition against the DB report saying that he died by suicide. Kazi Nuruddin Rana, filed the petition before the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shanta Islam on Tuesday. The court also fixed March 16 for hearing the petition. Earlier, on February 6, DB police submitted the final report before a Dhaka court clearing Amatullah Bushra, a private university student, of the murder charges in the case and settling that Fardin died by suicide. The court also fixed February 14 for hearing the final report of DB. Besides, Advocate Habibur Rahman filed a petition seeking permanent bail to Bushra in the case. The court also extended her bail till March 16. DB Inspector Yasin Shikder, also the investigating officer of the case, submitted the report to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. Fardin, a 3rd year student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology’s civil engineering department and a resident of Qutubpur area in Narayanganj's Fatullah was found dead from the Shitalakhkhya River, behind a cotton mill at Siddhirganj, on November 7, three days after he went missing. Rad more: Fardin's death: DB's final report clears Bushra, settles on suicide Sheikh Farhad, a physician at Narayanganj General Hospital where the autopsy was done, said there were several injury marks on Fardin’s head and body. Kazi Nuruddin Rana, Fardin’s father, filed a case in connection with his son’s killing with Rampura Police Station on the same day. The case was later transferred to Detective Branch (DB) Police. Meanwhile, DB police arrested Bushra from her Banasree residence in Dhaka on November 10. After a long 38-day investigation, the DB chief said on December 14 that Fardin roamed alone around different areas of Dhaka on the night of November 4 before he went missing. “Fardin was not murdered, he committed suicide by jumping into the river from Sultana Kamal Bridge on November 4 out of desperation,” he said. On January 8, Judge Tahsin Iftekhar of Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court-7 granted bail to Bushra in the case after hearing a bail petition. On January 10, Bushra walked out of the Kashimpur Women's Central Jail, two months after her arrest.
446 school, high school students ended their lives in 2022: Study
At least 446 school and high school students in the country killed themselves in 2022. Among them, 340 were school students and 106 high school students, according to the latest study of Anchal Foundation revealed Friday. The study is based on the reports of more than 150 national, local newspapers and online portals. Read more: Nursing College student commits ‘suicide’ in Barishal Dhaka division saw the highest number of school and high school students, 23.77 percent, ending their lives. It was followed by Chattogram (17.27 percent) and Rajshahi (16.81 percent), Khulna (14.13 percent), Rangpur (8.74 percent), Barishal (8.53 percent), Mymensingh (6.27 percent), and Sylhet (4.48 percent). Also, 85 university and 54 madrasa students killed themselves. On average, 37 school and high school students tried to commit suicide every month. A gender analysis of the suicide data of high school students found that girls showed more suicidal tendencies (60.15 percent) than boys. Among school students who committed suicide, 63.90 percent were girls. And 59.44 percent of the high school students who killed themselves were girls. Read more: Polytechnic student commits suicide in Dhaka School and high school students, who committed suicide, faced different issues, including being emotionally hurt (27.36 percent), troubled romantic attachment (23.32 percent), family conflict (3.14 percent), depression (2.01 percent), psychological problems (1.79 percent), financial problems (1.79 percent), harassment (1.79 percent), and rape or sexual harassment (1.34 percent). Anchal Foundation General Secretary Samira Akhter Siam said what is "very fretful for us" is that the suicide rate is highest among students aged 13 to 19 years. "From an early age, mental health and emotion management techniques should be taught in the home by families, social settings, and at educational institutions."
Nursing College student commits ‘suicide’ in Barishal
A student of DWF Nursing College apparently committed suicide by hanging herself in the dormitory of the nursing college on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Lamia Akter Saima, 22, a third-year student of the college and daughter of Shajahan Molla. Sudip Kumar Nath, a teacher at the college, said that Lamia did not go to the Sher-E Bangla Medical College and Hospital for her internship with her batchmates due to sickness. She was alone in her room. Other inmates of the hostel found Lamia hanging from the ceiling in her room at around 8 p.m. and rushed her to the hospital, where doctors declared her dead. “The reason behind the apparent suicide could not be known. We informed her family,” he said. SI Moinul of Sher-E Bangla Medical College and Hospital Police Camp said police recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue. A police case will be filed over the unusual death, he added.
Polytechnic student commits suicide in Dhaka
A 22-year-old polytechnic student committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in Purbo Bhatara area of the capital on Thursday night, police said. Hasibul Hasan Shanto, was son of Abul Khayer and student of Civil Engineering discipline of a private polytechnic college in the capital. Mohammad Golam Mostafa, a sub-inspector of Bhatara Police Station, said on information they recovered the body hanging from the ceiling with a bed sheet in his room in the morning. Read more: Housewife 'commits suicide' in Kamrangirchar Later, the body was sent Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, he said adding that Shanto committed the suicide in between 9pm to 12am on Thursday night. The reason behind the apparent suicide could not be known, the SI said, suspecting that the student might have faced problems from his family.
Cumilla Medical College Intern dies 'by suicide’
An intern of Cumilla Medical College and Hospital allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the dormitory of the medical college on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as Minhazul Karim Bhuiya, a no 24th batch intern of the hospital. Ahmed Manjur Morshed, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said other inmates of the hostel found Minhaz hanging from the ceiling in her room and informed police. Later, police recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue. Also read: Woman along with 2 children ‘attempts suicide’ in Narail “The reason behind the apparent suicide could not be known immediately and everything will be known after getting postmortem report,” said the OC. However, a suicidal note which reads ‘Nobody is responsible for my death’ was found at the room, said police.
Barguna farmer commits suicide under weight of debt burden
A 55-year-old man killed himself after failing to repay loans from various NGOs in Sadar upazila of Barguna on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as farmer Dulal Matubbor, of the upazila. The police recovered his body hanging from a tree with a rope in Badarkhali village of Badarkhali union this morning, said Ali Ahmed, officer-in-charge (OC) of Barguna Sadar police station. Dulal might have committed suicide due to family feud following his failure to repay the loans from NGOs, associations and locals, said Joint convener of Badarkhali Union Jubo League Md Al Amin. Read more: 2 farmers’ suicide for irrigation water: Agriculture secy vows strict action The OC said, “It is being investigated whether it is murder or suicide. Legal action will be taken following the investigation.” The body has been kept in Barguna Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy, he added.
8 dead in Utah murder-suicide after wife sought divorce
A Utah man fatally shot his five children, his mother-in-law and his wife and then killed himself two weeks after the woman had filed for divorce, according to authorities and public records. Police also revealed during a Thursday news conference that officers investigated the 42-year-old man and his family a “couple of years prior,” suggesting possible earlier problems inside the household. Enoch Police Chief Jackson Ames did not elaborate. Investigators were aware of the divorce petition but didn’t know if it was the motivation behind the killings, Mayor Geoffrey Chesnut said. City Manager Rob Dotson said people are “feeling loss, they’re feeling pain and they have a lot of questions.” Community members gathered Thursday evening to mourn and sing hymns in a private vigil at a church up the street from the home where the victims were found the previous day. Officials said they believe Michael Haight killed his wife, 40-year-old Tausha Haight; his mother-in-law; and the couple’s five children. Each appeared to have gunshot wounds. The three girls and two boys ranged in age from 4 to 17 and included 7-year-old twins, authorities said. Tausha Haight’s mother, 78-year-old Gail Earl, was said to have been staying with the family to help during a difficult time. Court records show that Tausha Haight filed for divorce Dec. 21. Her lawyer said Thursday that Haight had been served with the papers Dec. 27. The reasons for the divorce were unknown, in part because Utah law keeps details of divorce proceedings sealed from the public. Tausha Haight and other members of the family were seen the night before the killings at a church group for young women, Chesnut said. Police were dispatched to the family’s home Wednesday afternoon for a welfare check after someone reported that she had missed an appointment earlier in the week, city officials said. Family mass killings have become a disturbingly common tragedy across the country. In 2022 there were 17 of them, according to a database compiled by USA Today, The Associated Press and Northeastern University. Ten were murder-suicides, and 14 were shootings. The database defines a mass killing as four or more people slain, not including the assailant. James Park, who represented Tausha Haight in the divorce case, said she had not expressed any fear that her husband would physically hurt her. Park declined to elaborate, citing the investigation into the killings. He said he met with Tausha Haight only twice, mostly recently on Tuesday, and she “was an incredibly nice lady.” The White House said in a statement that President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were mourning with the Enoch community. It called for further steps to reduce gun violence, now the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. The home where the victims were found was decorated with Christmas lights and located in a neighborhood of newly built single-family houses on a ridge overlooking Enoch. It has a view of houses with snow-covered roofs and mountains in the distance. Half the surrounding block was cordoned off by police tape. The Cedar City area, historically agricultural, is being transformed by new subdivisions. Cattle and sheep line the highway at the edge of town, along with signs that advertise “Custom New Homes” and recreation in southern Utah’s famous national parks. Sharon Huntsman of Cedar City came to the neighborhood with a bouquet of white flowers Thursday morning. She said the deaths had deeply rattled Iron County and cried as she propped up the bouquet in the snow at a makeshift memorial where neighbors left stuffed animals and flowers. “It’s just one big community,” she said. “We all have one heavenly father.” Archives from a local newspaper capture moments in Michael Haight’s life beginning with a picture of him laughing as a baby in an announcement marking his first birthday. He was in the Boy Scouts and went on a church mission in Brazil. In 2003, Haight married Tausha Earl at a church temple. She was from Overton, Nevada, about two hours south of Cedar City, where he grew up. As an adult, Haight worked as an insurance agent. Tausha Haight’s Facebook page showed pictures of the family looking happy in picturesque settings of Utah, and in front of a large statue of Jesus. Jennie Earl, who is Tausha’s sister-in-law and a member of the Utah State Board of Education, posted a photo on Facebook of Tausha and her children and wrote about the “stiff competition” to be their favorite aunt. “I pray that Christ’s love will mend our broken hearts and fill us with forgiveness and peace,” Earl wrote. She declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press. Community members who gathered at Enoch City Hall to listen to Thursday’s news conference said it was wrenching to have to tell their own children that their peers may not be at school the next day. “We told them last night,” said city councilman Richard Jensen, a father of eight. “We gathered them around for a family prayer type of thing. We told them a family in town, everyone had been killed and when they show up to school tomorrow it’s possible kids will be missing.“ The killings rocked the small town of Enoch in southern Utah about halfway between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. It’s in one of the fastest-growing areas of the country, and communities of new homes on big lots are made up primarily of large families that belong, like most in Utah, to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known widely as the Mormon church. Many residents work and do business in nearby Cedar City, a city of about 35,000 that serves as a commercial hub for Enoch, which doesn’t have its own downtown. The deceased were members of the faith and well known in town. Many residents served in church alongside members of the slain family or went to school with the children, city officials said. “This is a tremendous blow to many families who have spent many nights with these individuals who are now gone,” Chesnut said.