Dhaka, July 22 (UNB) – Thirteen more people, including three women, were beaten by angry mobs in five districts on Monday over the child-lifting rumours.
With this, at least four people were killed and 30 others injured in mass beating in different parts of the country in the last three days over the rumours.
In Chattogram, four people, including a woman, were injured in mass beating in separate incidents in Banshkhali upazila before being handed over to police.
Assistant sub-inspector of Banshkhali Police Station Nurul Alam said three people -- Hridoy, Joni and Sohel -- were beaten by a mob at Ilsha village in the morning.
Later, police rescued them and took them to police station.
In Mosharaf Ali Mia’s Bazar area, locals beat a woman as she was walking suspiciously.
Sub-inspector of Baharchhara police outpost Rafiqul Islam said the woman seems to be mentally challenged.
Angry mob beat a couple in Rajabari area of Savar municipality in Dhaka after they were suspected of being child-lifters.
Later, police rescued them and sent them to Upazila Health Complex.
The duo -- Roni Mia, 23, and his wife Bilkis Khatun, 20, -- was members of Ogyan Party, said sub-inspector of Savar Model Police Station Nazmul Islam.
Locals said Rumi was forcing one of her neighbours to drink energy drinks laced with sedatives but the victim started shouting. After hearing the screams, locals gathered at the spot and beat the couple suspecting them as child-lifters.
In Rajshahi, locals beat five employees of an NGO at Rawtha in Charghat upazila and handed them over to police after they were suspected of being child-lifters.
The victims were identified as Abul Hossain, 40, son of Akhtaruzzaman, Hafizur Rahman, 42, son of Moslem Uddin, and Rezaul Karim, 38, son of Lutfar Rahman of Jhakorpur village in Moksudpur upazila in Gopalganj, Kaiyum Ali, 39, son of Abdul Mazid, and Abul Kalam of Lalbagh in the capital.
Locals said the victims were collecting members for their NGO which triggered suspicion among the locals.
All of the victims are employees of Ad-Din Welfare Centre and they were looking for a house on rent in the area, said Md Shahidullah, Superintendent of Police of the district.
Locals became suspicious about their movement and started to beat them before informing police, he said.
Charghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Nazmul Haque said NGOs need approval from the local administration submitting necessary documents for starting operation in an upazila but they did not take any permission.
In Kushtia, a mentally challenged woman, Hasina Begum, 55, was severely injured as locals beat her suspecting her of being a child-lifter in Daulatpur.
Officer-in-charge of Daulatpur Police Station Azam Khan said Hasina was receiving treatment staying at her son-in-law Ashiqur Rahman Ronny’s house in Masterpara.
In the morning, she came out of the home without informing anyone while locals beat her in Shitlaipara area.
Being informed, police rushed to the spot, rescued the victim and took her to hospital for treatment.
In Jhalakati, Hasib Bappi, 27, son of Md Sohrab Hossain, fell victim to mob attack at Mirzapur village in Sadar upazila.
OC of Jhalakati Police Station Shanit Kumar Gain said Bappi is a professional thief and drug addict and he faces six cases filed with Barishal Kotwali Police Station.
People caught him suspecting him as a child-lifter after he was fleeing snatching a vanity bag from a house brandishing a sharp weapon, he said.
Dhaka, July 22 (UNB) – The UK Department for International Development has released £850,000 for immediate support to the flood victims of Bangladesh.
About 65,000 people will receive unconditional cash grant and hygiene kits, which will meet critical need, at least for a month, according to the British High Commission in Dhaka.
“We’re closely monitoring the situation over the coming days to see if there’s further flooding,” said the High Commission on Monday.
Heavy monsoon rain and water from upstream sources have triggered river levels to rise and cause flooding in northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh, affecting an estimated 4 million people.
Floods, adverse landslides and riverbank erosion, have damaged road communications and key infrastructures, according to Start Fund Bangladesh, an emergency pooled fund, funded by the UK Aid and managed by 46 international, national, and local NGOs of Bangladesh.
On July 16, two Start Fund Bangladesh alerts were raised by member organisations to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations in Bandarban, Jamalpur, Gaibandha and Kurigram.
The alerts (B013 and B014) were allocated by the committee on July 17 for a total of £850,000.
On July 19, MJSKS, GUK, along with two consortiums led by Christian Aid (with Dhaka Ahsania Mission and HelpAge) and Islamic Relief Bangladesh (with Care Bangladesh and Concern Worldwide) were awarded a total of £600,000 to reach the affected communities in Kurigram, Jamalpur, and Gaibandha.
Besides, World Vision and Caritas were awarded with a total of £250,000 for their responses in Bandarban.
These awarded agencies will be providing cash and WASH support for the most affected households living in the worst hit districts, on behalf of Start Fund Bangladesh.
Sherpur, July 22 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police at bordering Dumurtala in Bakshiganj upazila of Jamalpur district early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Shipon Mia, 32, son of Jalal Uddin of Munshirchar village in Sadar upazila of Sherpur. He was wanted in 18 criminal cases, said police.
Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area in the early hours of Monday, said AKM Mahbubul Alam, officer-in-charge of Bakshiganj Police Station.
At one stage, Shipon and his associates opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back that triggered a ‘gun battle’.
Shipon sustained bullet injuries while trying to flee the scene. He was taken to Bakshiganj Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead, the OC said.
Police recovered a motorbike, a pipe-gun and 300 Yaba tablets from the spot, he claimed.
Satkhira, July 22 (UNB) – A young man was killed and another person injured in an attack by rivals over a land dispute at Muragachha village in Tala upazila on Monday.
The deceased was identified as Khaleque Sardar, 26, son of Sayeed Sarader of the village.
Victim’s uncle Samad Sardar said Sayeed had long been at loggerheads with Dhona Sardar of the village over a passage.
As a sequel of the enmity, Dhona’s son Rahmat Sardar, wife Isamati, two daughters Nuri Begum and Sharbanu Begum and daughter-in-law Halima Begum swooped on Khaleque around 7am and beat him mercilessly.
As victim’s uncle Razzak Sardar came to rescue him, attackers also beat him, injuring them.
The injured were first taken to a local hospital where Khaleque was referred to Khulna Medical College Hospital for better treatment. However, he died on the way.
Chapainawabganj, July 22 (UNB) –Two people, including a retired army person, were killed and another one was injured in two separate road accidents here on Monday.
The deceased were identified as retired army member Mojibur Rahman, 45, son of Kuran Ali of village Boglain Gomostapur upazila and Shafiqul Islam, 50, son of Ataur Rahman of Chhatrajitpur of Shibnganj upazila.
Officer-in-charge of Gomostapur police station Jashim Uddin said that a truck collided head on with a fish-laden trolley at Rahanpur at 7 am , leaving Mojibur Rahman, who was on the trolley, dead on the spot.
On the other hand, a motorcyclist was killed after being dashed by a pick-up van at Piling intersection of Shibganj upazila.
Ripon Kumar, SI of Shibganj police station, said that a pick-up van hit the mango trader Shafiqul Islam at 7-30 am while he was going to Kansat bazar along with his friend Bokul riding a motorcycle, leaving him dead on the spot.
Seriously injured Bokul was admitted to Shibganj Upazila Health Complex.