Monday, 16 January 2017
MP Rana, 3 brothers expelled from Tangail AL

16 January 2017 Amanur Rahman Khan, the lawmaker from Tangail-3 constituency, and his three brothers have been expelled from the district Awami Legaue on charges of various allegations.

Tangail district unit of AL took the decision today in an urgent meeting chaired by district AL President Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk at Zila Parishad Auditorium, reports our correspondent.

The allegations brought against them include violation of party discipline, killing local AL leader and freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed and attempt to kill Ghatail upazila unit BCL leader Abu Sayeed Rubel, party sources said.

MP Rana and his three younger brothers--Jahidur Rahman Khan Kakon, former president of Chambers and Commerce in Tangail; Shahidur Rahman Khan Mukti, former mayor of Tangail municipality and former general secretary of Tangail City Unit of AL; and Saniat Khan Bappa, former vice-president of central unit of BCL -- are among the 14 charge-sheeted accused in freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed killing case.

“The decision to expel the brothers from AL district unit will be sent to the party’s central unit for final approval,” said Joaherul Islam Joaher, general secretary of district unit of AL.

He further said, “The decision to expel them from the party will declare formally after getting the approval from the central.”

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Cricket: New Zealand, Bangladesh defend bouncers despite danger

16 January 2017 New Zealand and Bangladesh Monday defended the short ball as a legitimate weapon following the bouncer-laden first Test which saw Mushfiqur Rahim rushed to hospital after being hit on the head.

Kane Williamson led New Zealand in a stunning fightback to win the Test on Monday after Bangladesh were reduced to nine wickets in their second innings with Mushfiqur injured.

Williamson, who scored his 15th century as New Zealand mowed down a 217-run target late on the final day, said the injury was sad to see but the bouncer was a legitimate weapon.

After Bangladesh posted an imposing 595 for eight in their first innings and New Zealand fell 56 runs short in reply, the game turned when the hosts employed the short ball to end the Bangladesh second innings at 160-9.

Mushfiqur retired hurt on 13 and was taken to hospital in an ambulance after he was felled by a short-pitched delivery from Tim Southee.

It was one of several bouncers which had the Bangladesh captain frequently ducking and weaving during his 80 minutes at the crease.

Mushfiqur was given the all-clear following x-rays but took no further part in the match and while Williamson said that was unfortunate for Bangladesh, he defended the continued use of the short ball.

"It's a tactic to get players out," he said.

"It is very unfortunate when you do see someone get hit. It's obviously a delicate place and both teams were very concerned when it happened.

"It was sad to see. It's never nice to see someone in an ambulance on the cricket field but nice to see he's OK now."

Williamson said that after a tough first innings, the way the New Zealand bowlers came back in the second and "put the ball in the right area was a great effort which set the game up for us."

Bangladesh also made ample use of the bouncer with Neil Wagner hit three times in his first innings with one ball slamming the helmet grille into his face and leaving him with a cut chin.

Tamim Iqbal, who took over the leadership of the Bangladesh side, had no complaints about the tactic and likened a threatening short delivery in New Zealand to facing spin in the sub-continent.

"That's part of the game. You can't complain about it," he said.

"That was their strategy maybe. I have no complaints. I am sure Mushy (Mushfiqur) doesn't have complaints too.

"When they come to Bangladesh we know that they don't like playing spin, we'll bowl spin all day, that's what happens."

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I'm not fully happy with verdict: Nazrul’s father-in-law

16 January 2017 Shahid Chairman, the father-in-law of Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam, said he was not completely happy with the judgment of the seven-murder case.

“I am not fully happy with judgment because names of five accused in FIR were dropped from charge sheet. Godfather Shamim Osman did this to save his party men."

However, Nazrul’s wife Selina Islam said she was satisfied with the verdict and the higher court would uphold the verdict.

"I am happy with the verdict but I will not show 'V' sign until the execution of the verdict," Selina said.

Abdul Wahab, father of another victim Ibrahim, the driver of slain lawyer Chandan Sarker, said he was happy with the verdict.

Ibrahim’s wife Hanufa Begum, said "I am happy with the verdict. I want the fugitives to be arrested soon.”

Seven people, including Nazrul and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker, were abducted from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road on April 27, 2014. Later, their bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya.

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Drive to evict Gulistan hawkers to continue: DSCC mayor

16 January 2017 Amid protest from hawkers, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon today said they are stick to their decision to keep hawkers of Gulistan off the streets during office hours.

The drive will continue to ensure free streets for the public, the DSCC mayor said after a meeting with an 11-member of Bangladesh Hawkers’ Federation at Nagar Bhaban today.

The team led by Abdul Hashem Chowdhury presented a memorandum to the mayor Khokon with a 10-point demand including a stop to eviction without rehabilitation of the hawkers.

In their demands, they asked for government recognition of hawkers, extortion to be stopped and to bring an end to persecution of hawkers.

Earlier, hundreds of hawkers gathered in front of Bangabazar in protest of the eviction.

“There is no question of giving the hawkers any chance in this regard. There are about 1.20 crore people residing in this city. Of them, 60 percent people walk to their destinations and there should be no obstruction in their way,” Khokon said in the meeting at Nagar Bhaban.

The eviction drive will not even consider any government offices occupying the streets, the mayor added.

The mayor, however, said measures will be taken to establish a holiday market for hawkers.

During the drive, the city corporation took down a Jubo League office amid protest of a few activists.

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People’s fear gone after 7-murder verdict: Minister

16 January 2017 Law Minister Anisul Huq today said the panic created in people’s mind after the seven murders in Narayanganj has diminished following today’s verdict in the case.

“I think people of the country will be satisfied over the verdict,” the minister said while expressing his reaction to reporters at his secretariat office in Dhaka.

The minister said, “It is the duty of the state to bring the offenders, whoever they are, to book to ensure justice.”

The state has carried out its duty and therefore, rule of law has been established in the country, he added.

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Actor Kalyan Corraya gets bail in hit-and-run case
16 January 2017 Actor Kalyan Corraya has secured bail in a hit-and-run case that left photojournalist Zia Islam critically injured.

The court of Dhaka's Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate granted him bail on Monday.

Zia, the chief photojournalist of Bangla daily 'Prothom Alo’, was hit by a car around midnight on Jan 9 in front of the Bashundhara City shopping mall in the capital.

He was first admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital and shifted to Apollo Hospital next day.

On Jan 13, he was transferred to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for treatment after undergoing a brain surgery.

Kalyan in a Facebook status wrote the same day, "I am innocent", after which police called the actor for questioning.

Prothom Alo Manager (Security) Sajjad Ul Kabir initiated a case on behalf of his organisation with the Kalabagan police.

Kalyan was subsequently arrested.

After Monday's hearing, plaintiff counsel Subhra Sinha Roy said Kalyan has been granted bail until the probe report or chargesheet or the final report is submitted.

Another counsel for the Bangla daily Prashant Karmakar told that the police filed its initial report on Monday to the court where it included the fact gleaned from the defendant during his interrogation.

"The investigating officer stated in the report that they have found Kalyan was involved and that they are cross-checking the information."

On Jan 11, police produced him before a court and sought remand to question him, but the court turned down the petition. Police were told to interrogate him at the jail gate.

Kalyan's bail plea was also scrapped at that time.

The actor then changed his counsel, who on Sunday petitioned to the court for bail, which was turned down on the grounds that the police were yet to file its initial report.

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Narayanganj seven-murder: Nur Hossain, former Lt Col Tarek Sayeed, 24 others get death sentences
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16 January 2017 Prime accused Nur Hossain, sacked commanding officer of Rab-11 Tareque Sayeed Mohammad and 24 others were awarded death penalty in Narayanganj 7-murder case.

The judge of Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge's Court Sayed Enayet Hossain jailed nine other accused for seven to 17 years’ of imprisonment.

Apart from the Rab commanding officer, there are two other dismissed officials of the elite force in the death row list.  They are Maj Arif Hossain and Lt commander Masud Rana.

The other condemned convicts are, Mizanur Rahman Dipu, Abdul Alim, Mohinuddin Munshi, Lans Nayek Hira Miah, Sipahi Abu Toiyob, Selim, Sanaullah Sana, Shah Jahan, Jamal Uddin, Asad-uj-jaman Noor, Purnendu Bala, ROG Arif Hossain, Al Amin, Tajul Islam, Enamul, Belal Hossain,Shihab Uddin, Mortuja Jaman Churchill, Ali Mohammad, Abul Basher, Raham Ali, Emdadul Haque.

Lawyers bring out a procession on the court premises welcoming the verdict of Narayanganj seven-murder case on January 16, 2017. Photo: Tuhin Subhra Adhikary

READ MORE: A long, winding road to justice

Ruhul Amin, Soinik Nuruzzaman, SI Abul Kalam Azad, Babul Hasan, SI Kamal Hosen and Constable Habibur Rahman Habib were sentenced to ten years’ of imprisonment.

Besides, the court also jailed ASI Bozlur Rahman and Nasir Uddin for seven years.

READ ALSO: Nur Hossain repatriated

Expressing satisfaction over the verdict, prosecution lawyer Advocate Sakhawat Hossain said, “We want immediate implementation of the verdict.”

Around 10:03am, the court started reading out the verdict amid tight security in and around the court premises.

Five accused including Nur Hossain were taken to the court from Kashimpur jail in Gazipur around 9:40am while 18 other accused were brought from Narayanganj jail around 9:00am, our correspondents report from the spot.

ALSO READ: 3 more Rab men involved

Seven people, including Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker, were abducted from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road on April 27, 2014. Later, their bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya.

Kamal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Fatullah Police Station, told The Daily Star that the authorities strengthened security to avert any untoward incident ahead of the verdict.

Over 300 policemen were deployed on the court premises since 6:00am, he said.

On November 30 last year, a Narayanganj court fixed today [January 16, 2017] for delivering its verdict on the sensational seven murders after the completion of the defence arguments in favour of 23 arrested accused and 12 fugitives.

Earlier on February 8 last year, 35 people including Nur Hossain and three Rab officials were indicted in two cases filed over the incident.

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