Murder case filed against Fakhrul, 31 other opposition leadersStaff Correspondent
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police filed another murder case against 32 BNP-led opposition leaders including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 30 others unnamed in connection with Saturday’s bus fire at Malibagh in the capital that has so far left one person killed, police said on Sunday.
In the first information report, the police, however, only named 15 accused including Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s Ramna thana unit president Arifur Rahman Arif and his unit leaders.
‘Among the accused, the names of 17 leaders including Fakhrul Islam are mentioned as suspects,’ the Ramna zone assistant commissioner SM Shiblee Noman told New Age.
The Ramna police subinspector Jahirul Islam filed the murder case with the Ramna police against BNP-led opposition alliance leaders and unnamed people on Saturday evening.
The case was filed on early Sunday after a pedestrian, Habubur Rahman, 52, was knocked down and killed by a bus that lost control as pickets threw petrol bombs at it at Malibagh level crossing in Dhaka on Saturday evening.
The police launched drives to arrest leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its associate bodies and a Jamaat-e-Islami leader in connection with the case, said the assistant commissioner, SM Shiblee.
Ramana police brought the murder charge against Mirza Fakhrul Islam, BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, its vice-chairman Sadeq Hossain, joint secretaries general Amanullah Aman, Barkatullah Bulu, and Salahuddin Ahmed, and Dhaka city unit member secretary Abdus Salam.
The police also named seven Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal and Chhatra Dal leaders and Jamaat Dhaka city acting secretary Shafikur Rahman and assistant secretary Shafiqul Islam Masud in the case.
In the complaint, the police stated that the leaders had directly or indirectly plotted, instigated, assisted and financed the assailants to set fire on the bus in Malibagh on Saturday, during the opposition-enforced 72-hour blockade that will end at 6am on Tuesday.
According to police, at least six passengers including an advocate and the bus staff sustained severe burn injuries in the fire on the bus.
Earlier, acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 16 other leaders of the BNP-led alliance were prosecuted for the arson attack on a moving bus in the capital on November 28 that killed at least two persons and injured 17 others.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police filed the murder case with the Shahbagh police against 17 BNP-led opposition alliance leaders and some unnamed people on November 29.
In the case, the police already arrested the BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed from the BNP’s central party office on Saturday.
Around a dozen senior BNP leaders including Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar, Rafiqul Islam Mia and ASM Hannan Shah were sent to jail over allegations that they were responsible for the recent violence during the general strike or on its eve.
‘…None of the BNP leaders will be in jail if there is a consensus,’ the communications minister, Obaidul Quader, also a ruling Awami League presidium member, said on Saturday at the secretariat.
He had said behind-the-scenes parleys were taking place between the AL and the BNP to reach a political understanding over the next parliamentary elections.
comments powered by Disqus
HM ErshadÃ¢€™s Jatiya Party on Sunday demanded that the Election Commission should extend the nomination submission deadline by 10 days and reshuffle the grassroots administration for a level playing field. Full story
The winter this year will arrive late and be little shorter because of a number of depressions in the Bay of Bengal, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department officials on Sunday. Full story
Nagarik Sanghati, a civic group, on Sunday urged political parties to stop killing citizens in the name of political movement. At a rally staged in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh, Nagarik Sanghati leaders said that the government... Full story
Jatiya Samanjtantrik Dal faction leaders on Sunday urged president Abdul Hamid to take steps for resolving the current political crisis in the country. A six-member delegation of the party led by its president ASM Abdur Rob met president... Full story
The Awami League-backed blue-panel teachers of Dhaka University on Sunday condemned countrywide atrocities during rail-road-waterway blockade and general strikes enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18-party alliance. Full story
Four students were injured in a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student organisations backed by the ruling Awami League and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist... Full story
A Speedy Trial Tribunal in Dhaka on Sunday sentenced four people to death for the murder of an engineer, Suman Dutta, in Dhaka two years ago. The tribunal judge, ABM Shazedur Rahman, also sentenced Asaduzzaman Khan Sajib... Full story
The growers have so far prepared seedbeds on about 1.10 lakh hectares of land for cultivation of boro, the largest food crop in terms of volume of production, according to Department of Agriculture Extension. Full story
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday urged the Election Commission to postpone the schedule for 10th parliament election and take necessary steps for holding meaningful election through participation of all political parties. Full story
Democratic Left Alliance on Sunday called on the government to refrain from holding one-sided national elections without participation of the opposition political parties. The coordinator of the combine of the eight left leaning political parties... Full story
The finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, on Sunday said that there would be no question raised over polls credibility if the European Union would not send observers to monitor the forthcoming elections. Full story
A man sustained injuries while making crude bombs and later died at Faridpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Jillur Sarder, 36, son of Jamal Sarder from village Sottajitpur of Pangsha... Full story
Najma Banu, wife of retired assistant secretary Haidar Ali of ministry of public administration, died of brain haemorrhage at the Square Hospital in Dhaka on Saturday morning. She was 66. Full story
A group of ruling Awami League leaders and activists observed a dawn-to-dusk general strike at Nawapara industrial town in Jessore on Sunday protesting at the party nomination for Ranjit Roy for Jessore 4 parliamentary constituency. Full story
World AIDS Day was observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world on Sunday while the country recorded 370 new HIV infected patients in this year. The health ministry also recorded that some 95 patients were infected... Full story
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday said her government is pledge-bound to maintain peace all over the country including the Chittagong Hill Tracts area. Ã¢€˜We want to spread this trend of peace across the world,Ã¢€™ she said... Full story
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Sunday deferred recording the statements of defence witnesses of war crimes accused Mobarak Hossain until December 3. The hearing was adjourned for two days following personal difficulties... Full story
Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation will import MOP, a non-urea fertilizer, from Russia under the government to government arrangement, a top official said on Sunday. BADC chairman Md. Zahir Uddin Ahmed told New Age... Full story
A bidi factory manager was hacked to death by unidentified miscreants in Noordah village of Santhia upazila in Pabna on Sunday morning. The deceased, Eakub Ali Raza, 45, son of Rokon Ali Mollah of village Alokdia in the upazila... Full story
A housewife was killed in a clash over land dispute at Sarkarpur village in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla on Sunday morning. The deceased was identified as Sharmin Akhter, 32, wife of Nazimuddin Ahmed of the village. Full story