A Cumilla court on Tuesday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife in 2009 for dowry. Cumilla Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 Judge Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun gave the judgment. The court also fined the convict Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer two months more rigorous imprisonment. The court also acquitted three people from the charges during the hearing, said Special Public Prosecutor Pradip Kumar Datta. Read more: Kishoreganj: 3 to die for killing housewife for dowry . According to case complaint, convict Abdul Kader, of Komar Doga village in Chauddagram upazila, used to torture her wife Jharna for dowry. As her family couldn’t give him remaining Tk 30,000 of his demanded Tk 50,000 as dowry Kader planned to kill Jharna. On June 24, 2009, Jharna’s body was recovered from a pond in the village. Jharna’s sister Khaleda filed a case against seven people including Kader under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. Read more: Man to die for killing wife in Pabna for dowry In 2015, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted a charge sheet against four people- Abdul Kader, Monwara Begum, Najma Akter and Abdus Sattar in this case.
Unlike the previous programmes, BNP is set to hold its eighth-divisional rally in Cumilla City on Saturday amid relative ease, creating huge enthusiasm among the local leaders and followers of the party. Cumilla City wore a festive look with posters, banners and billboards and colourful processions on Friday as the BNP started taking over the city to make the rally a success. As part of its programme of divisional rallies that started in Chattogram last month, BNP leaders said they will stage yet another huge showdown through the rally - the eighth in the series - in the city. The party leaders and activists have erected a stage at Cumilla Town Hall ground where the rally is scheduled to begin at 12pm. Having failed to put any dent on the huge gathering of BNP supporters on at least six previous occasions, the transport owners and workers association leaders did not call for any strike this time centring opposition’s Cumilla rally. As the rally is going to be held with no transport strike to impede it, and a quite straightforward process for gaining the police permit, there is an expectation of Saturday's rally to be even bigger than the ones held before. This is posing as a challenge to the party's leaders. Despite no shortage of supporters attending the previous rallies, the BNP has been claiming that the attendance would have been even bigger had the government not created the alleged barriers to people's participation. Talking to UNB, a number of local people heaved a sigh of relief as no transport strike was imposed in Cumilla ahead of BNP's rally. Read more: On eve of rally, Sylhet turns into sea of BNP supporters BNP supporters had feared that the intra-party conflict between two of their local influential leaders- city unit convener Aminur Rashid Yasin and ex-city mayor and expelled leader Monirul Haque Sakku--- could negatively impact on the party’s efforts to hold a mammoth rally. However, local party activists told UNB that both Yasin and Sakku have been busy mobilising their followers to make the rally a success - if anything, they are competing on the basis of who can mobilise more. Earlier in the day, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the government has been resorting to various tricks to prevent a 'mass wave' towards their rally. Speaking at a press conference, he said Cumilla has turned into a city of festivals as thousands of leaders and activists from different areas thronged there in advance, defying various threats and intimidation. The BNP leader did allege that police 'at the behest of the government' has been harassing them and raiding the houses of their party leaders and activists ahead of the rally. Besides, he said the ruling party ‘cadres’ are threatening the opposition leaders and activists with dire consequences, including to implicate them in fictitious cases, if they join BNP’s rally. Mosharraf, however, said they will hold their programme in a peaceful manner without responding to any provocative acts by the ruling party. BNP vice chairman Barkatullah Bulu said they have taken all-out preparation to hold a ‘memorable’ rally in Cumilla. “Though no transport strike has been enforced, our leaders and workers have been facing obstacles from the ruling cadres while on their way to Cumilla. But no barrier can stop our leaders and activisists from taking part in the rally," said Bulu. BNP supporters were seen heading to Cumilla town from different upazilas and adjoining districts, including Chandpur, Brahmanbaria and Feni, since Friday morning a day ahead of the rally- still fearing obstruction by the ruling party activists on Saturday. Read more: BNP rally in Sylhet: Police set up check-posts at 19 points The rally venue has been crowded since Friday morning as BNP leaders and activists gathered there in processions. As they have no permission to stay overnight at the venue, the organisers have arranged food and accommodation for them. The rally in Cumilla on Saturday will be the 8th one by the BNP at the divisional level after 7 others were held in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur, Barishal, Faridpur and Sylhet. As part of the move to continue the pace of its ongoing movement, the BNP on September 27 announced a series of public rallies in 10 divisional cities. The organisers said the rallies are meant to denounce the price hike of daily essentials and fuels, the death of five party men in previous police action in Bhola, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, and Jashore, and to ensure the freedom of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The BNP has long been demanding that the next general election be held under a caretaker government, not under any political government--a demand sharply rejected by the ruling Awami League as the constitution does not allow it to happen. As the rallies have progressed, they could be said to have become increasingly centred on this central, longstanding demand - to bring back the caretaker government provision in the constitution before the next parliamentary elections.
A tribunal in Cumilla on Tuesday sentenced two men to death for killing a 10-year-old girl after rape in Monohargonj upazila in 2018. The death-row convicts are Bacchu Mia and Amir Hamza, residents of the upazila. Cumilla Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Abdullah Al Mamun delivered the judgment. Read more: Unspeakable: Parents tied up before daughter gang-raped by vandals in Subarnachar The court also fined the convicts Tk 1 lakh each. According to the case, the minor girl was raped and hacked to death by the convicts in the upazila on March 5 in 2018. Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Cumilla Medical College and Hospital for autopsy. Read more: Sunamganj: 5 get life in prison in attempted rape, rape cases A case was filed at Monohargonj police station in this regard. On February 12 in 2019, a chargesheet against the convicts was submitted to the court.
The triennial conference of Cumilla city unit of Awami League (AL) began at the city’s Town Hall ground on Saturday. The event was inaugurated by AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister. Presidium member of the party Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim spoke as the chief guest while another presidium member Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya was present as special guest. Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of AL, and Abu Saeed Al Mahmud Swapan, organizing secretary of the party, among others, joined the council. Read more: Dhaka AL Council: Benzir named president, Poniruzzaman GS The committee of Cumilla city AL was announced for the first time on July 22, 2017, six years after the formation of Cumilla City Corporation (CCC). The Committee consisted of 71 members. AKM Bahauddin Bahar, Member of Parliament (MP) from Cumilla Sadar constituency and Arfanul haque Rifat, current Mayor of CCC, were made President and General Secretary of the committee.
Four people, including three members of a family, were killed and four others injured as a bus hit a CNG-run auto rickshaw on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Chandina upazila of Cumilla Monday noon. The deceased were identified as Tanni, 20, her 10-month-old child Muntaha, her aunt Rezia Khatun and auto rickshaw driver Habibullah. The Chattogram-bound bus hit the auto rickshaw on the highway in Dhamti area around 12 pm, leaving two female passengers dead on the spot and four people wounded, said Akul Chandra Biswas, officer-in-charge (OC) of Mainamati Highway Police Station Read: 7 killed in road accidents in 3 districts The injured were later rushed to Cumilla Medical College and Hospital where the driver and the child died. Police couldn’t seize the killer bus as it fled immediately after the accident, said the OC.
A court in Cumilla has sentenced three people to death for the murder of a woman in 2016. Cumilla district and sessions judge Md Helal Uddin handed down the punishment to the trio on Tuesday morning. However, another accused in the case was acquitted "for lack of evidence". The death row convicts are Simon and Rakib of the Shikirgaon area of the Meghna upazila, and Tasir of the Manikarchar area of the upazila. Of them, Tasir was tried in absentia. The acquitted person, Titu, belongs to the same area. According to the prosecution, the woman went missing on June 20, 2016. Four days later, police had recovered her semi-decomposed body from a paddy field near her house. On June 25, the woman's husband lodged a complaint against unidentified people at the Meghna police station. The cops later registered a murder case. Subsequently, the investigating officer in the case submitted a chargesheet against the four people.
Authorities in Cumilla have placed tighter security measures this year to help celebrate the Durga Puja peacefully, following last year’s violence in the district that spilled over into other regions of the country, officials say. Cumilla Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Kamrul Hasan said that they deployed Ansar members to guard the puja mandaps round the clock while additional members of police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have been patrolling the celebration sites. He said they will prevent any attempt to destabilise the communal harmony in the district. Read: Dinajpur murder protest: No justice, No Puja celebration! He also said that this year, organisers set up a mandap in the Nanua Dighir Par area where violence broke out in October 2021 after a copy of the holy Quran was found there. On October 13 last year, a Muslim man reportedly placed a copy of the Quran on the lap of an idol at the mandap in Cumilla while another suspect, also a Muslim man, called 999 helpline reporting the "desecration of the holy book", according to police statement.
Five youths have sustained burn injuries as a fire broke out originating from a gas cylinder in Homna upazila of Cumilla. The injured were identified as Md Sajib, 23, Md Jalal Uddin, 22, Md Saiful, 20, Saidul Islam, 35, and Md Shahin, 38. The fire broke out at the house of Abdul Latif in Joypur village of the upazila Sunday evening, said Upazila Fire station in-charge Md Usman Gani. "Latif's wife was trying to light their gas stove in the evening but it did not work. She might have left the gas cylinder on which caused the fire," added Usman Gani. The five people sustained burn injuries while trying to tame the blaze, he added. They were first taken to Upazila Health Complex and then Sajib and Jalal were shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in critical condition, said Md Aminul Islam, deputy assistant community medical officer of the health complex.
An invigilator of the SSC exams had to be withdrawn after he assaulted several students during an examination in Chandina upazila of Cumilla. The invigilator, Md Salauddin, was withdrawn from the exam centre on Saturday to allow a fair investigation into what actually led to his shocking behaviour, said Chandina Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Taposh Sheel. The incident took place on Thursday, the first day of the Dakhil examinations, at the Chandina Al Amin Islamia Kamil Madrasa. Among eleven reported victims, eight are from the same madrasa as the exam centre, and three attend the Abedanoor Fazil Madrasa. Read: SSC examinee jumps off a building hours before exam On condition of anonymity, the victims said during the examination of the MCQ section of Quran Majeed subject, Salauddin beat them with a ruler "for failing to fill the set code circle in the Optical Mark Reader". Later, the victims submitted a written complaint to the secretary of their exam centre. When contacted, accused Salahuddin denied the allegation against him, saying he only "scolded them" for their mistake, and there was no physical beating involved.
BNP Vice-Chairman Barkat Ullah Bulu, his wife and two others were injured as their motorcade came under attack by 'miscreants' in Cumilla's Monoharganj on Saturday, while en route to Dhaka from Noakhali. "Bulu sustained serious injuries to his head," said Md Mostak Mia, central organising secretary of Cumilla BNP. He was, however, able to hold a press briefing later, and said one of the tyres of his car got punctured as he and his wife Shamima Barkat Lucky were heading back to Dhaka from Noakhali's Begumganj. This is what led to the stopover in Monoharganj. "Some miscreants attacked us at Bipulasar Bazar as we made a stopover to change the punctured tyre, and were having tea with some local BNP activists and leaders," Bulu said. Read: BNP holds candlelight vigil amid attack in city They were immediately taken to a private hospital in Chandina and later shifted to Dhaka for further treatment. The injured said some men suddenly arrived on a motorcycle and swooped on them, according to Jawhar Iqbal, in-charge of Natherpetua Police Outpost. "We will take legal action if we receive a complaint," he added.