Khulna, Dec 14 (UNB) – More than one-fourth brick kilns in Khulna district are operating illegally as 45 of them did not renew their licences.
Sources at the Department of Environment’s Khulna office said 130, out of 175 brick kilns, in the district have renewed their licenses.
As per law of the land, it is illegal to operate such establishments without a licence or without renewing permission – costing Tk 12,500 – from the district administration.
Locals accused brick kiln owners of violating the law by using fuelwood and blamed lax supervision by the Department of Environment.
Bangladesh produces an estimated 25 billion bricks every year. Sixty million tonnes of topsoil is excavated to meet this demand, according to the Housing and Building Research Institute.
Brick kilns are believed to consume 5 million tonnes of coal and 3 million tonnes of wood annually. In this process, they release 15 million tonnes of carbon into the air.
DoE’s Khulna Divisional Deputy Director Habibul Haque Khan said bricks kilns, which did not renew licences, manufacture bricks using the old method. “They’ve to follow new brick manufacturing method for licence renewal,” he said.
He said a shortage of manpower interfered with their work. “We’ll take actions against them to the best of our abilities,” he added.
Cox’s Bazar, Dec 14 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Moulvipara in Teknaf upazila early Friday.
The deceased was identified as Yusuf Bahadur, 32, a listed drug trader of the Home Ministry and son of Khalil Ahmed of Choto Habirpara in the area.
Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station, said police arrested Yusuf sometime on Thursday night.
Later, police along with Yusuf conducted a drive in the area to arrest his associates.
Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the criminals, who had taken position in the area, opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back in self-defense.
At one stage, Yusuf was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot. The body was sent to local hospital morgue.
Five policemen were injured during the gnfight.
Yusuf was wanted in twelve cases, said police.
Police also recovered 30,000 pieces of Yaba tablets, ten firearms and 24 cartridges from the spot.
Pabna, Dec 14 (UNB) – The people were killed and four others injured after being hit by overhead girder of Hardinge bridge while travelling on a train roof at Pakshi point in Ishwardi upazila of the district and Bherama point of the bridge in Kushtia district early Friday.
Two of the deceased were identified as Hakim, 17, son of Hafiza rRahman and Rabiul, 20, son of Jalaluddin of Shibganj upazila of Bogura district while the identities of others could not be known immediately.
In-charge of Pakshi police camp, Shahidul Islam, said some passengers, who were travelling on the roof of Khulna-bound Inter-city Chitra Express Train from Dhaka, fell from the roof after being hit by the girder of the bridge at Pakshi point.
Two of them died on the spot, he said.
On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to a local hospital.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Kushtia Sadar thana Jahidul Islam, said one person was killed and four others injured as they fell from the train roof after being hit by girder of the bridge at Bheramara link point.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) – At least 25 people were injured in clashes at different places in Noakhali, Laxmipur districts on Thursday.
In Noakhali district, at least 15 BNP men were injured, several cars were vandalized in a clash between two groups of Awami League and BNP in Darbeshpur area in Hatiya Upazila on Thursday.
BNP nominated candidate Engineer Mohammad Fazlur Azim claimed a group of armed people attacked his motorcade during their electioneering campaign at the place, leaving his 15 supporters severely injured.
On information, police rushed in and brought the situation under control, said Chandpur Police Super MD Ilias Sharif.
In Laxmipur, BNP nominated candidate of Laxmipur-1 constituency Shahadat Hossain Selim claimed some AL men, belonging to Awami League candidate Anwar Hossain, swooped on his men while they were conducting a view-exchange meeting at Karpara village in Ramganj upazila on Thursday.
At least 10 BNP men were injured during the clash, he also claimed.
Habiganj, Dec 13 (UNB) – A man was killed while 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people at Noagaon village in Baniachang upazila on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Matiur Rahman, 42, son of Abdul Wahab of the village.
Rashed Mobarak, officer-in-charge of Baniachang Police Station, said there had been a longstanding dispute between former union parishad member Arju Miah and two villagers -- Shahjahan Miah and Musa Miah – over the money of a cooperatives society.
As a sequel of the enmity, the supporters of both the groups equipped with sharp weapons locked into a fierce clash.
The clash left around 21 people injured.
The injured were taken to Habiganj Sadar Hospital where doctors declared Matiur dead.