IGP assures Hindu community of security as Durga Puja approaches; points to harmony between communities
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun on Tuesday instructed the police officials to remain alert so that no one can spread rumors targeting the upcoming Durga Puja. Besides, he also ordered intensified police patrolling across the country on the eve of the Puja. Also read: Keep vigil against vandalism during Durga Puja: Obaidul Quader asks AL members The IGP gave the directives while addressing a meeting regarding security and law and order situation surrounding the numerous puja mandaps around the country on the occasion of Durga Puja. It was held at the Hall of Pride of the Police Headquarters on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Additional IGPs, chiefs of various police units based in Dhaka, Metropolitan Police Commissioners, Range DIGs, representatives of various intelligence agencies, Bangladesh Puja Celebration Parishad and Dhaka Metropolitan Public Puja Committee. Superintendents of Police of various districts were joined in the meeting virtually. Also read: With scars from 2021, Cumilla sees tighter security for Durga Puja The IGP said that the policemen have to remain vigilant so that no person or group can cause any deterioration of law and order. He directed the field level police officers to ensure security before Puja, during Puja and after puja by communicating and coordinating with local Puja celebration committee leaders. The IGP said there is excellent communal harmony among people of different religions in the country. He expressed the hope that as in the past Durga Puja was celebrated in a festive and joyous atmosphere, this time too the celebrations will be safe with no untoward incidents. Also read: No security lapses for Durga Puja: Rab DG Leaders, including religious figures, of the Hindu community expressed their satisfaction over the steps taken by the police in the meeting. The meeting was informed that monitoring cells will be set up at police headquarters and other police units on the occasion of Durga Puja. Durga Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Hindu community, is slated to be held from October 20-24.
Inspector General of Police, Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun has lauded the success of the Police Bureau of Investigation for solving some of the much-talked about murder cases in the country. "PBI added a new level of efficiency in investigating cases," the IGP said while speaking at views exchanged meeting at the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) headquarters on case investigation and overall activities as the chirf guest. He said that the competitive environment has been created among the various investigation agencies of the police, resulting in the enhancement of the quality of the investigation. He said, currently 95 percent of the cases are being solved. The police chief said, PBI is investigating cases with innovative ideas. The trust that PBI has created among the people by maintaining high standards in investigations for a long time, must be continued in the future, the IGP hoped. PBI chief (Additional IGP) Banaj Kumar Majumdar presented the case investigation and overall proceedings. He also emphasized on research into the causes of infanticide. PBI started its journey in 2012 with 970 manpower. On January 5, 2016, the PBI started its investigation process through the formulation of rules. At present, the PBI is investigating various types of crimes including murder, robbery, fraud, human trafficking, with a workforce of 2,031 people.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General (DG) Major General AKM Nazmul Hasan on Sunday said that the paramilitary force is always ready to deal with any situation including maintaining law and order in the country centering the upcoming national election. BGB ready to maintain law and order during elections: DG Nazmul Hasan The DG of BGB made the remark at the 45th founding anniversary celebration of Force Support Wing of the BGB at Pilkhana BGB headquarters in the city on Sunday. Addressing the function, the BGB chief said this force has an unforgettable contribution in the freedom struggle of 1971. Since its inception, BGB has been fulfilling the noble responsibility of protecting the country's sovereignty with great skill and professionalism, he said. Smuggled goods worth Tk 161.53 cr seized in July: BGB BGB's exemplary role in providing assistance to the civil administration in maintaining the law and order of the country and in dealing with any emergency situation including natural calamities is being appreciated everywhere, the DG of the BGB said. He also said that in addition to border protection, BGB is always ready to deal with any situation including carrying out any responsibility assigned to BGB and maintaining law and order during election. A banquet was organized to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Force Support Wing of the BGB at the BGB Headquarters in Pilkhana, Dhaka. The DG BGB was present as the chief guest at the event and cut a cake. EC ready to hold Khulna city polls tomorrow, BGB deployed Senior officials of BGB headquarters, senior officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and various intelligence agencies, print and electronic media journalists and all levels of officers and soldiers of Force Support Wing were present.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said that there are some legal complications in allowing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to go abroad for treatment and it might require permission from court. “There may be a need for court approval as there are certain legal complications in allowing her to go abroad, and our ministry has nothing to do over the matter as it is under court’s jurisdiction. The law minister knows better about this,” he said these while talking to reporters at his ministry. Read: ‘How many in Bangladesh police want to go to America?’ DMP Deputy Commissioner asks “It’s not about taking permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs. When applications are submitted to our ministry, they are forwarded to the Law Ministry. If the Law Ministry thinks that the matter falls within the court's jurisdiction, it is then sent to the court,” he said. Responding to queries about any pending applications regarding Khaleda Zia's travel, the minister said, “We have not received any such application so far. I am telling you the procedures in case such an application is submitted.” Read: President suggests Information Commission to be more proactive in RTI Act implementation When questioned about previous applications from the BNP, he said, “Every time they apply, we grant approval to the extent possible. Beyond that, they have to go to court.” On the issue of the United States' visa policy, the minister said, he is not aware of who fall under the US visa restriction. Read: Application must be submitted to Home Ministry to allow Khaleda Zia to go abroad for better treatment: Law Minister “We have heard the declaration about the US visa policy, but they have not formally communicated it to us via letters,” he said. “We don't know who fall under the restriction. Since we lack this information, I cannot comment on it,” he further said adding, “It is up to them to formulate their visa policy and decide who can enter their country. We have nothing to comment on it.”
A case was filed implicating two youths on account of raping a girl with intellectual disability in Dumki upazila of Patuakhali on Saturday. The victim’s mother lodged the case under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act with Dumki police station. The accused Moktar Hossain Mridha and his cohort Russell Hawlader are neighbours of the victim and also residents of Dakshin Muradiya village under the upazila. According to the case statement, the youths entered at the house of the 30-year-old girl and raped when her family members were out of the house around 1pm on Friday. The victim was sent to Patuakhali Medical College Hospital for a medical test. Confirming the filing of the case, the police station’s officer-in-charge Abdul Hannan said they were conducting drives to arrest the accused who went into hiding.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh Police on Thursday raided two exchanges which were allegedly involved in illegal transactions in the capital. The CID also arrested 4 people during the drive over their involvement in illegal money exchanges, said a press release on Friday. The arrestees are Md Maqbul Hossain,50, son of late Mansur Ali, of Brahmanbaria, Md Masud Alam, 27, son of late Abdul Khalek Biswas of Barishal, MM Zakaria, 56, son of late Haji Md. Yahia Munshi of Noakhali and Md. Jamal Uddin, 54, son of late Kalai Shikdar, of Barishal district. Read: Air passenger arrested with 1.7kg gold at Ctg airport The Financial Crime Unit of the CID's Organised Crime Division conducted the raids in ‘Chawk Bazar Money Exchange Ltd’ and ‘Bakaul Money Exchange Ltd' situated in the capital’s Sakh Center around 5 pm on Thursday and arrested them, added the release. Read: DB arrests 8 people involving gold theft from Customs House During the raid, foreign currencies worth Tk 74 lakh including Bengali currencies were recovered from their possession. A case was filed at Paltan Model Police Station against six persons including 4 arrestees under Section 23(1) of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947. Read more: RAB arrests 4 ‘gang members’ who stole three-wheelers in Chapainawabganj
A 42-year-old man was beaten and stabbed to death allegedly by his rivals over a land dispute in Zakiganj upazila of Sylhet on Friday afternoon, said police. The deceased is Abul Hossain Lichu, son of late Syed Ali of Mangalshah village under Kajalsar union of the upazila. Police and locals said there was a longstanding dispute between Lichu and his neighbour and also nephew (sister’s son) Jakaria Ahmad over the ownership of a piece of land at the village. Jakaria, accompanied by Jobel Ahma and Mamun Ahmad equipped with locally-made weapons, went to the victim’s house on Friday and beat him up and stabbed him, leaving him critically injured, they said. Read: Man stabbed dead over land dispute in Narsingdi Lichu was rushed to Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead upon arrival, according to them. Md Jabed Masud, officer-in-charge of Zakiganj police station, said their three teams rushed to the spot after hearing the incident and were trying to nab the accused. Preliminary it was learned that dispute centring the land led to the killing, the OC said, adding that no one filed a case in this regard. Read more: 2 dead, 3 injured in clash over land dispute in Cumilla
An air passenger was arrested with around 1.7 kilograms of gold at Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city of Chattogram on Friday. The arrested Mohammad Ali is son of Mohammad Musa at Fatehabad village under Hathazari upazila of Chattogram district. Md Ahsan Ullah, deputy commissioner of Chattogram Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID), said the passengers came to the airport from the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah by a flight of Air Arabia G-9526 around 7:24am. Read: Gold theft: 8 including 4 customs officials remanded Suspecting his movement, the CIID members challenged him and searched his luggage, Ahsan Ullah said, adding that a rice cooker was found inside the luggage. Later, the gold weighing 1.7 kg was recovered from the rice cooker and the market price of the gold is estimated at Tk 1.5 crore, he said. A case was filed accusing the returnee with the Patenga police station in this connection, the CIID official added. Read more: DB arrests 8 people involving gold theft from Customs House
At least four people were arrested with two firearms and 12 rounds of bullets from the border area of Bouara Bazar of Cumilla's Sadar upazila on Thursday night. The arretees are Md Ripon of Muradpur area of Cumilla town, Md Sajjad Alam and Mustafar Rezwan Haider of Thakurpara area and Kazi Al Rabbi of Uttar Chartha area. Nazmul Hasan Rafi, additional superintendent of police, disclosed the matter in a press breifing organised by the District Police Superintendent's office on Friday afternoon. He said DB police of Cumilla set up a check post in the Balutupa area of Jagannathpur union and stopped two motorcycles on Thursday night. Later, four people riding on the motorcycles were searched and recovered a foreign pistol, a revolver, 5 rounds of bullets from their possession. On Friday morning, police recovered 7 rounds of bullets, two magazines and 2 covers of pistol from the house of Mustafar Rezwan in Thakurpara following the information given by him. The police office also said that there are three cases against the accused Ripon, including arms and robbery, and one case each against Rabbi and Rezwan. The arrestees were involved in drug and arms trade for a long time in India and border areas, he added. Legal action has been taken against them.
A Sylhet court on Thursday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife and two children over a family dispute in 2018. The condemned convict is Hasan Munshi alias Kamrul Hasan,44, son of Nazrul Munsi of Gopalganj's Maksudpur upazila. Sylhet Additional Metropolitan Court Judge Nur Alam Bhuiyan handed down the judgment this noon. The court also fined the convict Tk 50,000. According to the prosecution, Hasan got married to Johnny Akhter Zainab alias Shiuly in 2002. The couple has been blessed with two children, Mim, 15, and Tahsin, 13. On July 26-28, 2018, Hasan strangled his wife and his two children to death and locked the house from outside and fled. On July 30, police broke the door of the house and recovered their decomposed bodies. Later, a case was filed at Sylhet's South Surma police station against Hasan Munshi and five unidentified persons following a complaint lodged by Badsha Mia, cousin of Shiuly. The case was first investigated by Sub-Inspector (SI) Lokman Ahmad of Sylhet's South Surma police station. On February 5, 2019, PBI inspector Kamruzzaman filed a charge sheet against Hasan.