The authorities of Denim Processing Plant Lt on Thursday allegedly assaulted two journalists for reporting the rape of a garment worker in Belasahar area of Chandina upazila.
The journalists were identified as Md Abdul Baten and Md Jakir Hossain, local correspondents of Daily Jugantor and Jaijaidin.
A team of 12 people led by Denim Processing Plant owner’s cousin launched the attack at 7:45am while they were going to Jakir’s house.
The attackers also snatched away their phones and camera, said Abdul Baten.
Being contacted, garment’s Director Md Alamgir Hossain said the journalists published fake report of rape to tarnish the image of the factory.
Officer-in-Charge of Chandina Police Station Md Abul Faisal said the attack on the journalists was confirmed through a CCTV footage. Legal action will be taken against the attackers, he said.
On July 6, a RMG worker was gang raped while she was returning from her workplace at 9 pm, he said adding that they also arrested three accused over the matter, the OC said.
A senior officer of Janata Bank Soptopoti Branch died of coronavirus at a hospital in Bogura on Wednesday evening.
The deceased was identified as Anisul Haque alias Nantu, 58, a resident of Charlokman in the district town.
Abdur Rahim Rubel, a spokesperson of TMSS Medical College Hospital, said the bank officer breathed his last around 6 pm.
Anisul had tested positive for coronavirus on June 25 and he was then taken to the TMSS Medical College Hospital, said Shakil, younger brother of the bank officer.
On July 1, he was shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka as his condition deteriorated, he said.
On July 7, Anisul again got admitted to the TMSS Medical College in Bogura.
Earlier, another officer of Janata Bank Corporate Branch in Bogura died of coronavirus on June 26.
A lighterage vessel carrying iron scraps sank in the Karnaphuli River near the Chattogram port on Wednesday.
No casualty was reported as all the 14 crew managed to swim ashore.
Omar Faruk, secretary of the Chattogram Port, said the vessel - Barnia Prince-2 - was carrying 2,246 tonnes of iron scraps for AKS steel mill from a mother vessel.
When the accident took place in the morning, the vessel was anchored at the outer anchorage of the port amid severe current in the river. At one stage, it hit a buoy after its anchor got severed.
Later, it sank there as a crack developed at its bottom.
A fugitive accused was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Char Shibrampur in Sadar upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Mohammad Tanjib, 30, son of Babu Sheikh of Ramchandrapur Police Station.
Sheikh Rafiqul Islam, superintendent of Pabna Police, said police arrested Tanjib from Library Bazar around 10:30 pm. He was wanted in five criminal cases, said the SP.
After confessional statement, police along with Tanjib conducted a drive in the area for recovering arms around 2:40 am.
When police reached Beribadh Bottola intersection, the associates of Tanjib opened fire on police apprehending trouble, forcing the law enforcers to fire back which triggered a skirmish.
Tanjib was caught in the line of fire while trying to flee from police custody and sustained bullet injury.
Later, he was taken to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Four policemen were injured in the gunfight that lasted for 10-12 minutes.
One pistol, one revolver and two bullets were recovered from the spot.
A murder accused was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Jharnapara Jor Doba in the city’s Pahartoli area early Wednesday, hours after he killed his three-year-old nephew by slitting his throat over family feud.
The deceased was identified as Jashim Uddin Raju, 32,
Sudip Kumar Das, Officer-in-Charge of Double Mooring Police Station, said Raju, a resident of Hazipara in the city had an altercation with his sister-in-law Nilu Akter over family issues on Tuesday night.
At one stage, Raju killed his nephew Mehrab, 3, son of Mohammad Rashed, after slitting his throat and fled away.
On information, police went to the spot and recovered the body of Mehrab around 12 am. A case was filed in this connection in the night.
Later, a team of police conducted a drive to arrest Raju.
After receiving information, Raju along with his associates gathered in Jharnapara area, police went to the spot and challenged them, said the OC.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, Raju opened fire towards police, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight.
Raju was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while the others managed to flee the scene.
Five policemen, including OC Sudip Kumar ,were injured in the gunfight.
Raju was wanted in 13 criminal cases, said police.
One LG gun, one cartridges, four bullets and 875 Yaba tablets were recovered from the spot.