Dhaka, May 23 (UNB)- A court here on Thursday sentenced four people to death for killing a land businessman in Kamrangirchar area in 2013.
The condemned convicts are—Swarna Akter Kakoli alias Nipa, Anwar Hossain Mollah, Md Sharif Matbbar alias Sharif and Ibrahim Khalil. Among them, Sharif and Khalil were tried in absentia.
According to the prosecution, Nipa and Sharif called Monir Hossain to their residence on April 17, 2013 in a planned way following previous enmity.
They strangled him to death with a pillow and slited his throat with a knife.
Later, the convicts sliced the body and threw those into the Buriganga River.
Monir’s first wife Hasina Begum identified the body after police recovered the body parts. Later, she filed a murder case on April 17 with Kamrangirchar Police Station.
On May 14, 2014, police submitted the chargesheet against the four accused.
After examining all the records and 23 witnesses among 39, Dhaka speedy trial tribunal-1 judge Md Abu Zafor Md Kamruzzaman handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday expressed its disappointment over the attitude of Green Line Paribahan to pay compensation to Russel Sarkar, who lost his leg in an accident in the city’s Dholaipar on April 28 last year involving a bus of the company.
“We’ve talked in a very flexible manner. The Green Line authorities neither told us that they have problems and they can’t pay the fine nor they contacted Russel’s family to settle the matter. The attitude of Green Line didn’t seem good to us,” it said.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations while hearing the progress of paying compensation to Russel.
The court also said those who run business should have human values.
At the beginning of the hearing, Green Line’s lawyer Advocate Md Waziulla told the court that the bus company did not contact him and prayed to the court to withdraw his power to conduct the hearing.
Later, the court set June 25 for the next hearing.
Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Basar and Assistant Attorney General M Saiful Alam stood for the state.
On May 15, the HC asked Green Line Paribahan to pay within May 22 either the rest of Tk 45 lakh or at least a partial amount as compensation to Russel but Green Line failed to pay the money and also escaped the hearing today.
On April 10, Green Line paid Tk 5 lakh to Russel and the court gave them one month to pay the rest Tk 45 lakh but Green Line had been delaying the process so far.
A luxury coach of Green Line Paribahan hit Russel’s car from behind as it stood stationary on the slope of Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar in the city on April 28 last year.
As Russel stepped out of the car to assess the damage to the car, bus driver Kabir Hossain, in an act that has drawn outrage for its sheer idiocy and callous disregard for a fellow human being, drove the bus over him and fled the scene.
Later, police detained the bus along with the driver from near the Jatiya Press Club.
Russel’s left leg was amputated from the thigh down in the process of being run over.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) –The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why directives would not be given to install fire extinguishers in all modes of public and private vehicles.
The rule also sought explanation as to why directives would not be given to make fire-extinguishing system mandatory while giving route permits for buses and minibuses.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the rule following a writ petition filed in the form of public interest litigation.
The secretaries to Road Transport and Highways division and home ministry, chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence and Inspector General of Police have been made respondents to the rule.
Syed Misbahul Anwar stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general barrister ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar for the state.
Advocate Abul Barakat Mohammad Sazzad and Al Bari Sohel filed the writ with newspaper reports on fire incidents that took place in vehicles in the recent past.
According to the reports, a fire broke out in Nur-Al-Makkah bus in Bashundhara Residential area on March 29. On February 10, 2018, another fire broke out in another bus at Banani.
On February 20, at least eight people were injured as a fire broke out in a Gabtoli-bound bus No 7 at Dhanmondi from a gas-line. On January 5, 2018, yet another fire broke out in a bus of Raida Paribahan at Farmgate following a gas cylinder blast which left 12 passengers injured. Besides, at least 15 people were injured following a fire at a BRTC double-decker bus in Savar on June 24, 2017.
The lawyers said around 2.50 lakh CNG-run vehicles are plying roads without having their gas cylinders tested and those are now vulnerable to fire.
BRTA issued an order on March 2, 2017 for using fire-extinguishing system in motor vehicles as per the Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1983 and that has to be ensured while providing route permits for buses and minibuses.
But this order is hardly ensured, said the lawyers.
Khulna, May 22 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced two people to death for killing a young man in 2015.
The convicts are Raju, 30 and Ibrahim, 32 of Digholia upazila. Of them, Ibrahim was tried in absentia.
According to the prosecution, Ramjan Ali, 28, a van puller of Senati in the upazila was picked up by the convicts over previous enmity on December 12, 2015. He was found dead at Aronghata in the city 11 days later.
The victim’s brother filed a case with Digholia Police Station.
Police submitted chargesheet against two people on December 8, 2016.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Bushra Sayeda handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday issued an order to maintain a status-quo until June 24 on a Bangladesh Bank policy that offered special privileges to loan defaulters.
Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader’s bench issued the order after hearing an appeal filed by Advocate Manzill Murshid.
The central bank issued a special policy on May 16 for loan re-schedule and one-time payment, providing big opportunities for loan defaulters. They were allowed to re-schedule loans after paying 2 percent of their previous loans and then their interest rate will be 9 percent.
Besides, defaulters will be able to pay the rest of their loans in 10 years and they can also avail themselves of more loans from the bank.
On the same day, the court ordered the central bank to submit a list within June 24 of those who defaulted on loans above Tk 1 crore in the past two decades, the amount of loan that got interest waiver and measures taken to prevent irregularities when providing such waivers.
“It’s cheating with the court as there won’t be any defaulters left after loan re-scheduling,” petitioner Murshid said.
The court on February 13 ordered the central bank to provide a list of loan defaulters within four weeks after hearing a writ petition filed by Human Right and Peace for Bangladesh.
But the bank failed to submit the list. The court expressed dissatisfaction on April 30 and gave another 15 days to file the list.