Madaripur, July 20 (UNB) — A man, accused of raping and killing a class X student, was arrested on Saturday morning from the Sadar upazila’s Charnachana village.
“A Rab team raided the area and arrested Sajjad Hossain, 45, from his house around 5am,” Atika Islam, additional director of RAB-8 Madaripur camp, told the media.
Rab said Sajjad, an auto-rickshaw driver by profession and a resident of the village, had confessed to his crimes. He was handed over to the Sadar Model Police Station in the afternoon.
On July 11, the victim, 14-year-old Dipty, had gotten on Sajjad’s vehicle when returning home to Charmuguria from her sister’s house. She was the only passenger when the vehicle reached East Khagdi area where the driver lived.
Sajjad forcefully took her to his house where he sedated and raped the girl. But at one stage, when Dipty fell ill, he strangled her. He tied bricks to her neck and put the body in a sack before dumping it in a nearby pond.
Two days later, locals saw the body floating in the pond and contacted police. The victim’s family identified the body from her clothes.
Her family filed a case with Sadar Model Police Station on July 14.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) – Claiming that the dengue prevalence in Bangladesh is under control compared to other countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon urged city dwellers to remain alert and not to be panicked.
He made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with a four-member delegation of the World Health Organization (WHO) at his residence in the morning.
WHO acting Country Representative for Bangladesh Dr Edwin Salvador led the delegation at the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the dengue situation is alarming in Bangladesh but not out of control.
WHO and DSCC will work jointly to face the situation, Dr Edwin said, adding that they will put forward a report after observing the situation and the city corporation will work on the basis of the report.
Mentioning that aedes mosquitos are born in transparent water, not in drains or filthy water, DSCC Mayor Sayeed said there is no alternative to awareness to this end. “We’ve destroyed the sources of aedes mosquitos in 33,000 houses in the city in February last and taught the owners ways of destroying those. But it’s regrettable that we find the same previous situation when we revisit the houses.”
Asked about the expired or ineffective medicines to control mosquitos in the city, he said they use medicines supplied by Bangladesh Navy. “We’ll look into whether there’s any problem in the medicines.”
WHO Team Leader for Health Emergencies Dr Hammam El Sakka, Dr Rajendra Bohara of its IVD Immunization and Vaccine Development Unit and Dhaka Divisional Coordinator Dr Jahangir Alam, and DSEC Chief Executive Officer Mustafizur Rahman were, among others, present at the meeting.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) - Three people, including a woman, were beaten to death by angry mobs in Dhaka and Narayanganj on Saturday after they were suspected to be child lifters.
In Dhaka, an unknown woman was killed in a lynch-mob attack at Uttar Badda in the capital in the morning.
Inspector Yasin Gazi of Badda Police Station said locals found the woman, aged around 42, behaving suspiciously in front of Uttar Badda Govt Primary School around 8am.
A rumour spread around that the woman was a child lifter, he said, adding that angry people later gave her a good beating, leaving her critically injured.
On information, police appeared at the spot, rescued the woman and took her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared her dead around 10:20am, the inspector added.
A youth was killed and another injured critically in a mass beating at Rasulpur village in Keraniganj upazlia of Dhaka in the morning.
Witnesses said locals suspected the two youths to be child lifters as they were trying to talk to a group of children around 8:30am.
At one stage, they caught the two youths and beat them mercilessly, leaving them critically injured.
On information, police rescued them and took one of them to Upazila Health Complex while another to Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital.
However, doctors at the medical college hospital declared him dead, said sub-inspector Chunnu Mia of Keraniganj Model Police Station.
In Narayanganj, an unknown youth was beaten to death by a mob at Alaminnagar in Siddhirganj upazila in the morning.
Witnesses said the youth was found holding the hands of a schoolgirl around 8:30am.
As locals asked him about his relations with the girl, he failed to give any satisfactory reply, prompting them to suspect him as a child lifter.
At one stage, the angry mob beat him mercilessly that left him critically injured.
He was taken to Narayanganj General Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, said Mir Shahin Pervez, officer-in-charge of Siddhirganj Police Station.
Meanwhile, another woman was beaten by locals over a child-lifting rumour at Shapla Chattar in the upazila.
Locals said the woman, Rehena, went to a house and gave a doll to a child.
Later, they gave her a good beating around 9am and locked her into a local primary school.
On information, police rescued the woman and took her to Narayanganj General Hospital for treatment under their custody, police said.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) - Shipping and Communication Reporters Forum (SCRF) has put forward a series of recommendations for a hassle-free journey on inland waterways during upcoming Eid-ul-Azha vacation.
The suggestions have been prepared after taking different issues such as weather into consideration, said the journalist platform in a press release on Saturday.
The recommendations include increasing mobile court drives and deploying adequate number of law enforcers at Shimulia and Paturia ferry terminals, preventing overloading of launches on Shimulia-Kathalbari and Paturia-Daulatdia routes on the Padma River, preventing illegal and unfit vessels from plying, ratcheting up coast guard and river police’s activities, and announcing weather forecast every hour through loudspeakers and TVs and radio channels at launch terminals.
SCRF also urged the district administration and police to stop the operation of illegal and faulty vessels in coastal, haor and hilly areas during the Eid vacation.
SCRF President Ashis Kumar Dey said homebound people would prefer waterways to roads due to traffic congestion and accidents on inter-district roads and highways across the country.
He urged the government to implement the recommendations to avoid accidents on waterways.
Cox’s Bazar, July 20 (UNB) - Newly renovated emergency department of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital was formally opened on Saturday aiming to improve the quality of services.
This referral hospital serves the district’s entire population, including the displaced populations from Myanmar and their host communities in Bangladesh.
“It’s not only about international standards per se, it’s about saving lives. If patients are attended on time, chances of survival or recovery can be significantly increased,” said ICRC Cox's Bazar Office's Head Sabrina Denuncq at the inaugural ceremony.
Denuncq said for this, important rules need to be respected in the ED and particularly: triage – the most urgent and serious cases attended in priority – and only one family member accompanying the patient; then, the ED health staff will be in good conditions to attend the patients in the best way.
Head of the ICRC Bangladesh delegation Gerard Peytrignet, Superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital Dr Mohiuddin, ICRC’s Cox’s Bazar Hospital Project Manager Richard William Cook as well as ICRC and government officials were present at the inaugural ceremony.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has financed the project and implemented the renovation work.
In doing so, the ICRC has closely been working together with the Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital management and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), ICRC said on Saturday.
The ICRC has been providing necessary equipment, furniture and medical supplies in the emergency department under this project.
It also provided specialist emergency department trainers to work with the physicians and nurses assigned to the department by the MOH to provide quality of care to the patients using standardised international guidelines.
The ICRC also plans to work with the hospital authorities on the management of mass casualties and the referral systems in Cox’s Bazar.
Earlier on August 12 last, MOHFW and the ICRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the emergency department of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.
The influx of communities from Myanmar has added additional pressure on the health-care facilities in Cox’s Bazar, including in Ukhiya and Teknaf, according to ICRC.
The ICRC together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has provided medical services to over 135,000 patients so far since 2017 through mobile health teams in different camps and in border areas including Konarpara, it said.
Besides, the BDRCS and the ICRC have been supporting the two health complexes in Ukhiya and Teknaf with waste management, training sessions and medical supplies since 2014.