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8 buses torched in Rampura after SSC candidate run over

Publish: 09:49 AM, 30 Nov, 2021


An SSC examination candidate was killed Monday night as a bus ran over him in the city’s Rampura area.

The deceased was identified as Mainuddin, a candidate in the ongoing SSC exams and student of Ekramunnesa School and College.

The incident occurred at around 10:45 pm in the Rampura Bazar area near Better Life Hospital.

Mainuddin’s death triggered agitation on the street and led to eight buses being put on fire.

Azizul Haque, a witness, said that the student got off a bus at Rampura Bazar area when a speeding Green Anabil came from behind and ran over him, leaving him dead on the spot.

Police however are yet to give their version of how the accident occurred.

Rampura police officer-in-charge (OC) Rafiqul Islam said a man was killed in front of Rampura Bazar in a bus accident, followed by a mob blocking the road and setting fire to a number of buses in the area.

Police are trying to find out how the accident occurred, he said.

Meanwhile, Motijheel Divison Deputy Commissioner of Police Abdul Ahad told reporters that the bus was seized and its driver arrested. Action will be taken against him, he added.

Deputy Assistant Director of the Fire Service and Civil Defense Hafizur Rahman told UNB that eight buses were set on fire. Several units of the fire service were engaged in extinguishing the fires.

Ershad Hossain, the duty officer in the control room of the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department, said two units of the fire service were sent to the spot after receiving information at around 11.08 pm. Later, more units joined the operation as several buses were set on fire.


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30 arrested in Dhaka for selling and consuming drugs

Publish: 10:52 AM, 25 Jan, 2022


The Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) Crime and Intelligence Division has arrested 30 people on charges of selling and consuming drugs.

From 6 am on Monday (January 24) to 6 am on Tuesday (January 25), raids were carried out in different parts of the capital to arrest and seize drugs.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) of DMP's Media and Public Relations Department Mohammad Faruk Hossain said this on Tuesday morning.

He said 11,227 pieces of yaba, 109 grams of 330 packets of pure heroin and 2 kg105 grams of cannabis were seized from the 30 arrested persons.

The police official also said that 26 cases have been filed against the arrested persons under the Narcotics Control Act.

Bangladesh   Dhaka   Anti-Drug Operation  


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Mystery surrounding the sudden death of 9 zebras at Bangabandhu Safari Park

Publish: 10:40 AM, 25 Jan, 2022


Nine zebras have died recently at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park. The zebras died between January 2 to Monday, January 24. There were a total of 31 zebras in the park. However, after the death of 9, the number now stands at 22. Thus, the death of nine zebras is considered mysterious by many. Many concerned are fearing that this is a planned assassination by poisoning. The safari park authorities called an expert meeting on Tuesday (January 25th) to look into the cause of death of nine zebras in a short period of time.

Confirming the matter, Safari Park Project Director Md. Zahidul Kabir said the meeting would be held considering all the possible angles including food poisoning, application of poison, virus-bacterial attack etc. It will include specialist veterinarians, researchers and park-related people.

Sources related to the park said that after the death of a zebra on January 2, body samples were sent to the quality control laboratory at Savar in Dhaka and to the laboratory of Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh. The results of the experiment have already come.

A visit to the zebra enclosure in the safari park reveals that they inhabit a large area inside the safari. There are artificial lakes and natural forests in the zebra pastures. There are special containers for feeding. Wild beasts and zebras eat there at the same time. In addition to the food provided, the zebras eat grass in the pasture. Monkeys also roam freely across zebra pastures.

According to park sources, zebra food is basically a variety of grasses. An organization called Mahbub Enterprise provides zebra grass in the safari park. In addition to grazing grass, the zebras are also fed by bringing grass from different parts of the country through suppliers.

Admitting the deaths of 9 zebras in just 3 weeks, the officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Safari Park, Md. Tabibur Rahman, said that the matter was definitely unusual. A total of nine zebras have died between January 2 and last Friday. A meeting of emergency experts has been called on Tuesday to look into the matter.

Incidentally, this safari park located at Sreepur in Gazipur has been thriving on zebra sails for a long time. New guests were coming to the zebra sail for some time. There were plans to send some zebras to the national zoo from here as the number continued to increase. But such a sudden death has made everyone worried.

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Madrasa teacher killed in bus crash in Ramu

Publish: 10:11 AM, 25 Jan, 2022


A motorcyclist named Mohammad Helal Uddin (35) was killed in a bus crash at Ramu in Cox's Bazar district. The deceased was identified as Helal Uddin, son of Abul Bashar of Baraitali union under Chakaria upazila. He was working as the headmaster of Sultania Noorani Academy, Kharulia Master Para, Jhilangja Union, Sadar.

The accident took place in the Techipul station area of the upazila around 10:30 pm on Monday (January 24).

Locals said Helal Uddin was hit by a Khagrachhari-bound bus in the Techipul area of Chakmarkul Union on his way back to the madrasa on a motorcycle from Ramu at night. The locals rescued him and took him to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

Ramu Crossing Highway Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Abdur Rob confirmed the matter and said the body is in the hospital morgue. The bus involved in the accident has been seized and legal action is being taken.

Madrasa teacher   Ramu   Bus crash  


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Stop taking extra fares on public transport, HC asks BRTA

Publish: 05:34 PM, 24 Jan, 2022


The High Court on Monday asked the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to take measures to stop taking extra fares on public transport across the country.

The HC bench of Justice Mamunur Rahman and Khandaker Diliruzzaman passed the order after hearing on a writ petition.

It also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the failure to enact rules regarding hike in fares of buses, minibuses and other public transport as per Section 122 of the Road Transport Act, 2018 will not be announced illegal and against the law.

The court also asked BRTA to take necessary measures to hang the list of fares in public transport and make it easily visible at each designated bus stop and display it through electronic billboards within a month.

Supreme Court lawyer Md Abu Taleb, lawyer Mokhlesur Rahman and barrister Mustasim Tanjir stood for the petitioner.

In the writ petition, the road transport secretary, BRTA chairman and others were made respondents.

On January 4, lawyer Md Abu Taleb filed the writ petition seeking rule and directive of the High Court.

BRTA   High Court   Bus fair  


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4 killed on truck-motorcycle collision in Naogaon

Publish: 11:32 AM, 24 Jan, 2022


Four motorcyclists were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and a motorcycle at Dhamoirhat in Naogaon district. The incident took place at Haratkidanga Bazar of the upazila around 9pm on Sunday (January 23).

The deceased were identified as Abu Sufian (18), son of Golzar Hossain of Nanaich village in Dhamoirhat Upazila, Abdus Salam (30) son of Mozzammel Haque of the same village, Minhazul (28), son of Jewel Hossain of Jahanpur village and Sajal (35), son of Helal Uddin of the same village.

According to local sources, all the victims were vegetable traders. Sunday was the local village market day in Dhamairhat Upazila Sadar Bazar. After selling goods at the market they were returning home together as they were living in the same area. When they reached Hartkidanga Bazar area on the Joypurhat-Dhamairhat regional highway from Dhamoirhat Bazar around 9pm, their motorcycle collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction. Two people were killed on the spot. The locals rescued the other two seriously injured and admitted them to the Upazila Health Complex. But they also died on Monday morning while being taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital as their condition was very critical.

Dhamoirhat Police Station OC Rakibul Huda said the four were returning home from Dhamoirhat Bazar on the same motorcycle. The bodies of the two killed in the accident have been brought to the police station. The other two died while being taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. The truck was seized from Shalpi Bazaar with the help of locals.

Naogaon   Bangladesh   truck-motorcycle collision