POST TIME: 21 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
news in brief

news in brief

Satkhira AL leader accuses BCL leader of mugging, extortion

UNB, Satkhira

Bangladesh Chhatra League’s district unit general secretary was accused of mugging and extortion by a local leader of ruling Awami League’s municipal unit on Tuesday night.

Aminur Rahman, treasurer of Awami League’s Satkhira municipality unit and also the vice-president of Sultanpur Boro Fisheries Traders Association, filed a complaint against Syed Sadiqur Rahman, general secretary of district unit Chhatra League, at the sadar police station.

According to the complaint, Sadiqur contacted Aminur around Tuesday noon. The Chhatra League leader told him to come to veterinary hospital and demanded Tk 5 lakh in extortion.

Aminur claimed Sadiqur assaulted him and tried to kill him. The Chhatra League leader and his cohorts snatched Tk 2 lakh from him and asked him to pay Tk 3 lakh the following day. They also warned Aminur against contacting police.

The complainant claimed pedestrians and police rescued him hearing his screams.

But Sadiqur rejected the allegations and claimed Aminur was a ‘drug trader’. “I did not extort money from anyone. Aminur’s complaint is false,” he said.

Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said they would take legal actions after investigating the complaint.

Four to die for killing farmers

Our correspondent, Mymensingh

A court in Mymensingh yesterday awarded death sentence to four persons for killing two sibling farmers in Tarakanda upazila of the district in 2001.

The court also fined them Taka 20,000, each and sentenced three others of the case to different terms of jail, a court official said.

Judge of Special Judge Court M Ehsanul Haque pronounced the verdict.

The convicts who get the death penalty are Liakat Ali, 55, Abul Kasem, 50, sons of Zamir Uddin, Anwar Hossain, 35, son of Liakat Ali and Hossain Ali, 62, son of Siraj Ali, all are residents of Ramchandrapur area of the upazila.

According to prosecution, the convicted persons killed the sibling farmers over previous enmity on August, 2001.

On the same day, Abdul Khalek, uncle of the victims, filed a case with Tarakanda Police Station against 22 persons.

Later, police arrested them from different areas and after investigation, submitted charge-sheet against them.

The judge after examining 15 witnesses and evidences found them guilty and announced the judgment in presence of them.

The court also acquitted 15 other persons as the allegation brought against them could not be proved.

Man held with 20 gold bars

Our correspondent, Jashore

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested a suspected gold smuggler along with 20 gold bars from Amrakhali area yesterday.

The arrestee was identified as Jikrul Islam, 40, son of Alek Mollah, hailing from Lohagara upazila of Narail.

Lt Col Salim Reja, commanding officer of BGB-49 battalion, said a BGB team conducted a drive around 11am acting on a tip-off and arrested Jikrul.

“The seized bars are worth an estimated Tk 1.15 crore,” he said. “Jikrul was trying to smuggle them to India”

The gold was deposited to Benapole customs warehouse. A case was filed in this connection.