Narail, Jan 16 (UNB) – An alleged criminal accused in 13 different cases, reputedly a ‘top terror’, was killed in a gun battle involving police in Kararbil area in Narail Municipality early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Romman Hossain Romeo, 28, son of late Mizanur Rahman, resident of Madhurgati village in Sadar upazila.
Being tipped off that a group of criminals were staying at the place, police conducted a drive to arrest them around 3am, said officer-in-charge of Narail Sadar Police Station.
Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the culprits opened fire on the policemen, prompting them to retaliate.
Romeo was found wounded at the scene after the gunfight. He was rushed to Narail Sadar Hospital, where doctors declared him dead, informed the OC, as well as that three policemen also got injured during the gunfight.
A shotgun, two rounds of bullets and a magazine were recovered from the scene.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Having resumed just 15 days ago, import of coal from India through the Tamabil port in Sylhet was halted again on Wednesday morning after an Indian court decision imposed a ban on lifting coal.
If the situation persists, some 4-5000 workers look set to become unemployed while importers must count their losses due to losing business.
Tamabil Coal Importers Association joint secretary Elias Uddin Lipu said, traders credited more than Tk 200 crore in last 15 days for importing coal from India. Many traders do their business by taking loan from bank, their interest also increasing, he added.
Coal worker Abdur Rahim said, we are facing difficulties with our children and family as import suspension grabbed our work.
Tamabil Tax station Superintendent Nurul Islam said, Indian traders stopped exporting coal from Wednesday morning without any letter.
The exchequer too will lose almost Tk 1 crore in daily revenue due to the stoppage, Nurul Islam added.
The most frustrating thing of all must surely be that there is seemingly nothing any of the stakeholders on this side of the border can do to change the situation, with the matter being sub-judice in the Indian court system.
Chattogram, Jan 16 (UNB) – An oil depot was gutted in a fire at Fouzdarhat Abdullahor Ghata area in Sitakundu upazila on Wednesday afternoon.
Jashim Uddin, Chattogram divisional deputy assistant of Fire Service and Civil Defense, said that the fire broke out around 2:15 pm and engulfed a motorbike showroom ‘Tata Motors and Borotakia Motors’.
On information, 18 vehicles of six fire-fighting units and a vehicle of Navy rushed in and doused the fire around 3:30pm.
The oil depot was used to preserve engine oil collected from old ships of ship yard.
However, the origin of the fire could not be known yet.
Pabna, Jan 16 (UNB) – A sexagenarian man was killed when a covered van ran over him at Ramnagar Ghat in Chatmohor upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Rabban Ali, 65 of the village.
Shahidul islam Tapu, a local UP member, said a group of buffalo lifters swooped on the house of one Ershad Ali around 4 am.
Sensing presence of the lifters, Ershad Ali called a number of people over phone and asked them to intercept the covered van while the lifters were trying to leave the scene.
Later, locals encircled the buffalo-laden pick-up van, but defying the obstacles, the covered-van ploughed through the crowd, leaving Rabban Ali killed on the spot.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for autopsy, said Inspector Shariful Islam of Chatmohor Police Station.
Satkhira, Jan 16 (UNB) – Police recovered the bullet-hit body of a suspected drug trader from Tetulia Biswashpara in Tala upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Maijuddin Ahmed Tulu, 40, son of Shamsul Haq Sardar of Sadar upazila.
Locals spotted the body in the morning and informed it to police, said Mehedi Russel, officer-in-charge of Tala Police Station.
Later, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for autopsy.
Police suspected that Tulu might have been killed in a clash between two groups of drug traders.
Police also recovered 160 pieces of Yaba tablets, 15 bottles of phensidyl syrup, a motorcycle and a cellphone from the spot.
However, Rahima Begum, wife of Tulu, said her husband, a rod-cement trader, was picked up by detectives while returning home on January 13 and since then his mobile was found switched off.
Later, Rahima lodged a general diary with Sadar Police Station.