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Narail vandalism: College student put on 3-day remand

Publish: 10:56 AM, 18 Jul, 2022


Narail court has placed college student Akash Saha on a three-day remand in a case over a Facebook post that allegedly hurt religious sentiment in Lohagara upazila of the district, reports UNB.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Morshedul Alam passed order on Sunday after investigating officer of the case Makfur Rahman, also sub-inspector (SI) of Lohagara police station, sought a seven-day remand to interrogate him.

Police arrested Akash Saha from Khulna Saturday night.

Besides, another case was filed against 200 to 250 people at Lohagara police station on Sunday night in connection with the vandalism of houses and shops and attacks on two temples in Sahapara, said Sheikh Abu Hena Milon, officer-in-charge of the police station.

On Friday, an angry mob went on a rampage in Lohagara upazila of Narail district damaging at least two houses of the Hindu community and several shops at Digholia Bazar following the Facebook post by the youth.

Haran Chandra Pal, officer-in-charge of Lohagara police station, said the college student belonging to the Hindu community posted a remark on Facebook hurting religious sentiments on Friday.

As the news spread like wildfire, a group of local people thronged Digholia Bazar and vandalised two houses and six shops that night. They also set one of these houses on fire over the issue, the OC said.

They also vandalised chairs and sound boxes of Shahapara temple and tin roof of Akhrabari temple during the mayhem.

On information, police rushed to the spot and fired in the air to bring the situation under control. Additional police forces were deployed in the area to avert further trouble.

Narail vandalism   Communal unrest  


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7 suspended DB members jailed for 7 years

Publish: 02:40 PM, 20 Sep, 2022


A Cox's Bazar court has sentenced seven suspended members of the Detective Branch (DB) to 7 years imprisonment in a case filed over abducting and holding a businessman hostage for Tk17 lakh ransom.

Cox's Bazar District Sessions and Judges Court Judge Mohammad Ismail delivered the verdict on Tuesday (20 September). All seven accused were present in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

At the same time, each of them has been fined Tk1 lakh and additional one-year imprisonment was imposed in default.

The convicts are SI Abul Kalam Azad, SI MD. Moniruzzaman, ASI MD. Golam, ASI Feroj Ahmed, ASI MD. Alauddin Mostafa, constable Mostafa Ajal and constable Md Al Amin.

According to the case statement, in October of 2017, seven DB men kidnapped blanket trader Abdul Gafur, younger brother of Teknaf municipality mayor Moniruzzaman, from the district town. Then they remanded Tk1 crore in ransom from the businessman's relatives by threatening to kill him in "crossfire". The family agreed to pay Tk. 17 lakhs after debt negotiation. After the money was delivered, Abdul Ghafoor was released at Shamlapur on the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive road the next morning.

Following the incident, Abdul Gafur's family members informed the Army security post of the area. DB police personnel caught the microbus carrying the DB members at one of their check posts. The Tk17 lakh ransom money was recovered from them during the stop and search. At that time, DB Deputy Inspector (SI) Moniruzzaman ran away, but the remaining six people were arrested from the scene by army personnel. They were later suspended from the force.

DB   Jailed   Cox's bazar   kidnapping  


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Samrat’s bail has been extended

Publish: 12:52 PM, 19 Sep, 2022


A Dhaka court has granted bail to Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, the expelled president of Dhaka Metropolitan South Jubo League, in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the charge of acquiring wealth outside of known income till October 20.

The case was scheduled to be heard in the court of Judge Al Asad Md Asifuzzaman of Special Judge Court-6 of Dhaka on Monday (September 19).

Today was fixed for the indictment hearing in the case at the Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 Judge Al Asad Md. Asifuzzaman’s court. But Samrat’s lawyers filed an application seeking the deferment of the hearing in framing charges as his main lawyer is now staying abroad.

The court then fixed October 20 for the indictment hearing in the case.

On this day, Samrat’s lawyer Shahnaz Parveen Hira filed an appeal for his permanent bail but lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Mosharraf Hossain Kajol opposed the bail.

After hearing from both sides, the court rejected the permanent bail to Samrat and extended his bail until October 20.

On November 12, 2019, ACC Deputy Director Md. Jahangir Alam filed a case against the Samrat on the charge of acquiring illegal assets worth Tk 2,94,80,087. ACC investigated the case and filed a charge sheet against Samrat on November 26, 2020. On March 22, the court accepted the chargesheet in the ACC case in the presence of Samrat. At the same time, the case was ordered to be transferred to Dhaka Special Judge Court-6.

It is learned from the case that Samrat acquired Tk 2,94,80,087 through various illegal business and illegal activities. It is alleged that he used to control 17 clubs in Motijheel and Fakirapool areas and got a huge commission. He even managed the casino business in the clubs.

He bought several flats, plots and built houses in different places including Gulshan, Dhanmondi, Uttara in Dhaka with illegally earned money. Besides, he has assets of Tk 1,000 crores in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and the United States.

RAB arrested Samrat from Chauddagram in Cumilla on October 7, 2019, on the charge of involvement in the casino business. During this time, a large amount of foreign liquor, pistols and skins of rare species of wild animals were recovered. A mobile court sentenced him to six months in prison for possessing the skins of wild animals.

Samrat   Bail  


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Court frames charges against PK Halder, others

Publish: 03:33 PM, 08 Sep, 2022


A court here today framed charges against former managing director of NRB Global Bank Proshanta Kumar Halder alias PK Halder and 13 others in a case lodged for allegedly amassing illegal wealth and laundering money abroad.

Judge Mohammad Nazrul Islam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-10 framed the charges against the accused dismissing their exemption appeal.

Also, the court fixed 22 September for testifying the witnesses.

Apart from Halder, the other 13 accused in the case are- Lilabati Halder, Purnima Rani Halder, Uttam Kumar Mistry, Amitabh Adhikari, Pritish Kumar Halder, Rajib Som, Subrata Das, Ananga Mohan Roy, Swapan Kumar Mistry, Avantika Baral, Shankha Bepari, Sukumar Mridha and Anindita Mridha.

Among them, Avantika Baral, Shankha Bepari, Sukumar Mridha and Anindita Mridha are in jail.

Halder, along with five others, were detained in Ashoknagar of the Indian state of West Bengal in the morning of May 14 this year.

According to the case, Halder and his other associates have embezzled thousands of crores of Bangladeshi Taka and siphoned off to India and other countries.

On March 1 last year, PK Halder fled Bangladesh through Jashore's Benapole land port. According to media reports, PK Halder possessed two passports -- one Bangladeshi and the other Canadian -- but he used his Bangladeshi passport to go to India.

In January, 2021, the ACC filed five cases against 33 people, including Halder, for allegedly laundering over Tk 350 crore of International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL).

He had laundered about Tk 80 crore to Canada and amassed about Tk 426 crore beyond his known sources of income, the case documents said.


PK Haldar   Money Laundering   Court Charges  


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Lawyer moves SC seeking Momen's disqualification

Publish: 02:05 PM, 06 Sep, 2022


A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging the legality of AK Abdul Momen holding the office of the Foreign Minister.

On behalf of SC advocate Md Ershad Hossain Rashed, lawyer Mostafizur Rahman Ahad filed the petition in the High Court division of the top court on Tuesday.

A High Court bench, led by Justice Md Mojibur Rahman Mia, is likely to hear the petition, said Mostafizur.

On August 21, SC lawyer Ershad sent a legal notice to the Foreign Minister urging him to step down within 48 hours for violating the Constitution over his "controversial remarks".

"As I did not receive any response from the Foreign Minister, I decided to file the writ petition," Ershad said.

The cabinet secretary, secretary of parliament secretariat, and the foreign minister has been made respondents to this writ petition.

The petition is enlisted in the court’s cause list for Wednesday, he said.

At a Janmashtami programme in Chattogram on Thursday, Momen reportedly said that he had urged the Indian government to back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina so that she can stay in power.

After much criticism over this statement, the FM provided an explanation the next day, saying that he had requested the Indian government to help the Bangladesh PM maintain the stability of her government.


Momen   Foreign Minister   Bangladesh  


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17 get life term imprisonment for killing father, son in Khulna

Publish: 03:39 PM, 04 Sep, 2022


The court in Khulna sentenced 17 people to life imprisonment in the case of murder of father and son in Terkhada, Khulna. At the same time each of them has been sentenced to one more year’s imprisonment in default of payment of a fine of TK 5000.

Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Md. Nazrul Islam Howladar announced this verdict. At that time, the accused were present in the court. Two others were acquitted in this case.

On August 7, 2019, Naeem Sheikh was slaughtered to death by miscreants due to a dispute over land at Pahardanga village of Terokhada Chagladah Union. Naeem’s Father Piru Mia, 55, was injuried in the incident.

After the incident, the victim's mother, Mafuza Begum, filed a murder case against 10-12 unidentified people with the names of 17 people at Terokhada Police Station. Besides, Piru Mia died after two and a half months while undergoing treatment in Dhaka. Later the case turned into a double murder case.