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Five put on remand over nurse killing after rape

Kishoreganj, May 8 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday placed five people on an eight-day remand each in a case filed over killing a nurse after rape in a moving bus at Gazaria nearby Bajitpur upazila.  Those remanded are bus driver Nuruzzaman, his assistants Lalan Mia, Rafikul Islam, Khokon Mia and Bakul Mia. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court Judge ... Read More »

Maoist rebels kill 15 police commandos, driver in India

New Delhi, May 1 (AP/UNB) — Maoist rebels on Wednesday attacked a van carrying police commandos in the insurgents’ stronghold in western India and killed 15 officers and their driver, officials said. The rebels triggered a land mine blast in the forested Gadchiroli area in Maharashtra state as the vehicle was passing through, police officer Sharad Shelar said. Sheler said ... Read More »

Case filed over raid at Dhaka ‘militant den’

Dhaka, April 30 – A case was filed yesterday over the raid at a ‘militant den’ in Bosila area of Dhaka city. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-2 Senior Warrant Officer Md Abdullah filed the case with Mohammadpur Police Station on Monday night. RAB headquarters’ Senior ASP Mizanur Rahman confirmed the matter on Tuesday noon. Earlier, RAB cordoned a tin shed house ... Read More »

Ex-Jamaat MP Shahjahan Chowdhury held, charge unclear

Chittagong, May 1 – Detectives arrested former Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami MP Shahjahan Chowdhury and some other party leaders in the city on Tuesday night. A team of Detective Branch of picked Shahjahan, also city Jamaat Ameer, and others from Chandanpur Darul Ulum Madrasa, said Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Mahabubor Rahman. He said they were interrogating the Jamaat men. Shahjahan faces ... Read More »

‘Bomb hurled on cops different from normal cocktail’

Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) – The improvised bomb that exploded in Gulistan on Monday was different from normal crude bombs, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) chief Asaduzzaman Mia said Tuesday. “The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) and DMP’s bomb disposal units are investigating the incident,” he said after visiting injured policemen at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Members of CTTC and ... Read More »

Suspected drug trader killed in Sirajganj ‘gunfight’

Sirajganj, Apr 30 – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight between two gangs at Raipur Railway Station in the Sadar Upazila early Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Nurul Islam Mohon, 55, son of late Hayat Ali. According to police, he was accused in several drugs-related cases. Police said the drug dealers’ gangs fought over the ... Read More »

2 suspected militants killed as raid on Bosila den ends

Dhaka, Apr 29 – At least two suspected militants were killed in an explosion after members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) cordoned off a suspected tin-shed den of militants at Bosila in Mohammadpur area of the capital on Monday. The deceased people were identified as Sumon and Sujon, Rab Additional Director General Colonel Jahangir Alam said, adding that the fingerprints ... Read More »

Oil spill in canal as tankers derail, skide of track in Ctg

Chattogram, Apr 29 – Oil spilled into a canal after a freight oil tanker train carrying furnace oil derailed and the tankers skidded off the track in Egaromile area of Hathazari upazila on Monday afternoon. Md Ruhul Amin, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Hathazari, said three tanks of the furnace oil-laden train veered off the tracks around 3pm. One of ... Read More »

Rape accused killed in Chattogram ‘gunfight’

Chattogram, Apr 29 (UNB) – A rape accused was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Amirabad in Lohagara upazila early Monday. The deceased was identified as Saiful Islam, owner of a coaching centre, and an accused in a case filed over violating a Class-IX student. He had been on the run since the ... Read More »

Suspected militant den cordoned off in Dhaka City

Dhaka, Apr 29 – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) cordoned off a tin-shed house at Bosila in Mohammadpur area of the capital early Monday, suspecting it to be a militant den. Acting on secret information, a team of the Rab force cordoned off the house, ‘Metro Housing’, at Bosila around 3:30 am, said director of Rab’s Legal and Media ... Read More »

SC stays HC order to investigate on JP leader RA Howlader

Dhaka, April 28 – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday paved the way for the Anti-Corruption Commission to run the investigation against former Jatiya Party general secretary ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader relating to the allegation that he had misappropriated around Tk 1 billion worth of government assets. The four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice ... Read More »

Brac varsity student killing: drivers put on remand

Dhaka, April 28 – Covered van driver Anis, who allegedly crashed Brac University student Fahmida Haque Labannya under wheel and uber motor-cycle rider Sumon were on Sunday put on remand in the case filed in connection with the killing of Labannya. Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the orders after hearing yesterday. ... Read More »

Two suspected drug traders killed in ‘gunfights’

Dhaka, Apr 24 –Two suspected drug traders were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar early Wednesday. In Dhaka, a ‘drug trader’ was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Diabari in city’s Uttara area early Wednesday. Acting on tipped off, a team of Rab-1 conducted a drive in the area around ... Read More »

‘BCL men’ attack police station in Bhola: 6 cops injured

Bhola, Apr 22 – Awami League’s student-associate Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men reportedly attacked Borhanuddin Police Station here on Sunday night over the seizure of a fellow’s motorcycle, injuring six policemen. Officer-in-charge of the police station Ashim Kumar said a police team intercepted the motorbike of Mizanur Rahman, general secretary of Borhanuddin Abdul Jabbar Govt College unit BCL, in front ... Read More »

HC may hear another case of wrong-imprisonment Tuesday

Dhaka, April 22 – A High Court bench is likely to hold a hearing on Tuesday on a writ petition filed for releasing Md Arman, whose story is identical to Jaha Alam, who languished in jail for three years in place of the real accused in 26 corruption cases. The HC bench comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul ... Read More »

495 foreign nationals in jail for illegal migration: Minister

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB) – Terming human trafficking a global menace, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said 495 people have so far been arrested for illegal migration from neighbouring countries. The Home Minister also said 57 of them have been convicted. He made the remarks at a seminar titled ‘Combatting trafficking: Repatriation of Victims of Human Trafficking’ jointly arranged ... Read More »

Burqa used during Nusrat murder recovered in Feni

Feni, Apr 20 (UNB) – A team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) recovered a burqa used during the killing of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi from Dangi canal in Sonagazi municipality area on Saturday. Shaha Alam, inspector of PBI and also the investigation officer of the case, said from the confessional statement of Nur Uddin and Sahadat Hossain ... Read More »

Suspected arms trader killed in Gazipur ‘gunfight’

Gazipur, Apr 19 – A suspected arms trader was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Salna area here early Friday. The deceased could not be identified yet. Acting on a tip-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in the area around 2:30 am, said Rab-1 Company ... Read More »

507 enforced disappearances in BD in 11 years, 159 not traced

Dhaka, April 18 – A new report from International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) establishes that enforced disappearances in Bangladesh constitute crimes against humanity, and calls on the international community to take all necessary measures to ensure that the government fulfils the right of victims to truth, justice, and reparation. In a statement, it said a total of 507 were ... Read More »

Why prosecution of Julian Assange to trouble press freedom

NEW YORK, Apr 16 2019 (IPS) – After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, British police last week arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange–a development press freedom advocates had long feared. For years, journalists and press freedom advocates worried the U.S. would prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act for the publication of classified information, a scenario that potentially would have set ... Read More »

Civil Society seeks ‘togetherness’ against challenges

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Apr 16 2019 (IPS) – Increasingly facing restrictions and assault, civil society from around the world have come together to celebrate and promote people power. Organised by CIVICUS, International Civil Society Week (ICSW) brought together civil society organisations and activists to discuss the threats and challenges that they face in a world where arbitrary detention, censorship, ... Read More »

No one safe from ‘evil elements in govt’: BNP

Dhaka, Apr 16 – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Tuesday alleged that no one is safe from the clutches of ‘wicked elements in the current government’. “I would like to ask who is in society safe from the grasp of the wicked people in the current government or the administration. No one is safe as the government is ... Read More »

Two held for ‘driver murder during carjacking’ in Chittagong

Chittagong, Apr 13 – Police arrested two young men from Kattoli area in the port city early Saturday allegedly for attempting to carjack after killing its driver. The details about the deceased and detainees could not be known immediately. Jasim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Akbar Shah Police Station, said the private car carrying three young men crashed in Shoni Thakur Bari ... Read More »

Suspected drug trader killed in Chuadanga ‘gunfight’

Chuadanga, Apr 13 – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Ukto village in Sadar Upazila early Saturday. The deceased was identified as Ruhul Amin, 48, son of late Mofiz Uddin, a resident of Sadar Municipal area and also accused in 16 drug-related cases. Being tipped off that a consignment of the drug would ... Read More »

WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London

London, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Police in London say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012. In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into “custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is ... Read More »

WikiLeaks’ Assange held at Ecuador embassy in London

London, Apr 11 (AP/UNB) — Police in London say they’ve arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012. In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into “custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is ... Read More »

4 alleged drug traders killed in ‘gunfights’ in 4 districts

Dhaka, Apr 11 – Four people including three alleged drug traders were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar, Meherpur and Chattogram districts early Thursday. Nabi Hossain, 48, a ‘drug trader’ from Teknaf, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in city’s Mohammadpur area early Thursday. Tipped off that a ... Read More »

Niko graft hearing against Khaleda again on April 23

Dhaka, April 10 – A Dhaka court on Wednesday fixed April 23 to hold next hearing on the charge framing in Niko Graft case against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. Judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Special Judge Court-9 of Dhaka deferred the date as Khaleda Zia was admitted at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital for treatment. Later Khaleda ... Read More »