Thakurgaon, Dec 7 (UNB) - Thousands of people from Bangladesh and India met their relatives from either side at border points in Ranishankail and Haripur upazilas of the district on Friday.
The five-km border fence between boundary pillar Nos. 345 and 346 turned into a human sea for several hours with the gathering of Bangla-speaking people from both the Bengals.
People from Chapashar area of Haripur upazila and Kuchal area of Ranishankail upazila of Bangladesh and those from Nargao and Makarhat of Kuchbihar district in India thronged the border to meet their near and dear ones, defying a barbwire fence in between them.
As every year, the border forces of both the countries—Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Forces (BSF) --- allowed them to meet their dear ones on the occasion of Patharkali Mela.
Thousands of people from both the countries, especially those who cannot afford to visit their relatives through real travel, eagerly wait each year for this special day.
The people of the district were seen exchanging various items like biscuits, snacks, cigarettes, pens, clothes and towels. Many of them cried out as soon as they saw their beloved ones and some were seen to get upset as they could not find their relatives.
Officer-in-charge of Haripur Police Station Amiruzzaman said people from both sides exchanged their views, offered foods to each other while BGB men observed them standing along the border.
However, they could not hug each other as the barbed wire stood as a barrier. Many failed to hold back tears while taking leave for at least one year more.
After the separation of India and Pakistan in 1947, many got separated from their relatives.
However, they enjoyed the chance to visit their relatives’ houses on either side of the border even till after Bangladesh’s independence.
Pabna, Dec 7 (UNB) – A teenage boy was stabbed to death allegedly by his friends centering a cricket match in Charghoshpur village in Sadar upazila on Friday noon.
The deceased was identified as Hamim Hossain, 15, son of Tofazzal Hossain of the village.
Goutam Kumar Ghosh, additional superintendent of Pabna police, said some boys were going to play cricket without taking the victim for playing with them.
Later, they locked in an altercation over the issue.
At one stage, one of the boys, Anik, brought a knife from his house and swooped on Hamim, leaving him critically injured. Another boy Wahzed also received injury when he tried to save Hamim.
Both, however, were taken to Pabna General Hospital where the doctors declared Hamim dead, the officer added.
Naogaon, Dec 7 (UNB) – A woman and her daughter died under mysterious circumstances in Kanchan Bazar area of Manda upazila on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Farida Begum, 55, wife of Ebadat Hossain, and their daughter Shahnaj Parvin, 25, a divorcee, of Bajruk Atitha village in Sadar upazila.
Police detained three people -- Jahedul Islam, 55, son of late Khaibar Rahman of Donil village in Badalgachhi upazila, Mamtaj Hossain, 50, and his wife Latifa Bibi, 45, Kanchan village in Manda –- for interrogation over the incident, said Hafizul Islam, senior assistant superintendent of police (Manda circle).
Mozaffar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Manda Police Station, said the victims along with Jahedul set out for Kusumba Mosque in Manda in the morning for offering special prayers there.
On the way, they went to the house of Mamtaj Hossain in Kanchan Bazar area, he said.
However, Farida and Shahnaj fell unconscious as soon as they came out of the house. They were taken to Manda Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared them dead.
Later, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Naogaon Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.
Hafizul Islam said the death is shrouded by mystery.
He also said they detained the three people for interrogation over the incident.
Chuadanga, Dec 7 (UNB) – Police recovered the bodies of two suspected criminals, including a drug trader, from Gobindahuda village in Damurhuda upazila on Thursday night.
The deceased were identified as Jhantu, 40, son of Abul Kashem, an alleged drug trader and Dhulo, 43, son of Shamser Ali of the upazila.
Jhantu was a listed criminal and wanted in 11 cases, including that of drug, while Dhulo was an outlaw leader.
Tipped off that two gangs of criminals were exchanging bullets in the area, a team of police went to the spot, said Sukumar Biswas, officer-in-charge of Damurhuda Police Station.
At one stage, police recovered the bodies of Jhantu and Dhulo and sent those to local hospital morgue for autopsy.
One LG, two bullets, six hand bombs and three sacks of Phensidyls were recovered from the spot.
Both are suspected to have been killed in a gunfight between two groups of criminals over controlling the drug business and previous enmity.
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) - A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was stabbed to death by miscreants over previous enmity in the city’s Karail area on Thursday night.
The deceased was identified as Rakib Hossain, 25, president of No 19 ward unit of BCL.
Abul Malek, sub-inspector of Banani Police Station, said a group of miscreants swooped on Rakib while he along with his friend Nur Islam were standing beside an Ansar camp in the area around 11:45 pm and stabbed them indiscriminately, leaving them critically injured.
Later, Rakib died on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Nur Islam was admitted to the hospital.