Satkhira, Dec 14 (UNB) - Police arrested 54 people from different parts of the district in an overnight special drive on Thursday on various charges.
Sub-inspector Azam Khan of the Special Branch of Satkhira district police said they conducted the drive from Thursday evening to Friday morning and made the arrest.
The arrestees face various cases, including of sabotage and drug peddling, filed with different police stations of the district, he said.
Sherpur, Dec 14 (UNB) – The hanging bodies of a youth and his ex-lover were recovered from West Pirichpur village in Sribordi upazila on Friday.
Locals said the victims – Manir Hossain, 26, and Kalpana Akter, 22- hailed from West Pirichpur village and had a romantic relationship before both got married.
Quoting locals, police said Manir’s family forced him into marriage with another girl about a year and a half ago and the couple has been blessed with a child while Kalpana was also married off.
Kalpana returned to her parent’s house a few days ago and allegedly contacted Manir. Their bodies were recovered the next day.
No case has been filed yet.
Natore, Dec 14 (UNB) – Police recovered the throat-slit body of a female staff of a private hospital at Chakrampur in the district town on Friday.
The deceased was identified as Mita Khatun, a counter manager of General Hospital.
Khandaker Jalal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Natore Police Station, said the colleagues of Mita spotted her body on the fourth floor of the hospital and informed the matter to police.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for autopsy.
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.