Bagerhat, Nov 19 (UNB) – Shahidul Molla, who had gone missing during Sidr, returned home at Amragacchia village in Sharankhola upazila on November 12, 11 years after the devastating cyclone.
Villagers said Shahidul along with his father and two other fishermen—Masum and Selim—went to the Bay of Bengal in separate boats for fishing on November 15, 2007. All of them were washed away during the cyclonic storm Sidr that hit the country on that day.
Manju Begum, elder sister of Shahidul, talked about learning from local people that a mentally disabled man identifying himself as Shahidul has been roaming around Amragachhia Bazar.
Manju went to the bazar and found that Shahidul was sleeping on a bench under the shade of a bus stand.
“At first I could not identify him but after some time I came to recognise my brother seeing his cut mark on the left side of his forehead. Later, we took my brother back home,” said Manju.
Shahidul Molla: Photo :UNB
The family of Shahidul was overjoyed to have Shahidul back though Shahidul’s father Phul Mia Molla and two other fishermen still remain missing.
Panna Faraji, brother-in-law of Shahidul, said Shahidul has two daughters—Putul, 20, and Mukul ,18, and two sons—Masum, 17, and Masud, 11.
Having no whereabout of Shahidul, his wife Masuma Begum got married to another man and went to India for job purpose, he said.
However, the family members of Shahidul claimed that he has lost his mental balance as he fumbles while talking. He cannot remember from where and how he reached Amragachhaia.
Jakir Hossain Khan Mahiuddin, chairman of Khontakata Union Parishad, said, “It’s good news that Shahidul has returned. Shahidul’s name was put on the missing list made after Sidr. Steps will be taken for his medical treatment.”
According to government’s official account, some 695 people were killed while 76 people went missing in Sidr that lashed the upazila on November 15, 2007.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Former State Minister for Education and BNP leader A.N.M. Ehsanul Hoque Milan has sought the Election Commission’s intervention to appear before a court safely.
Nazmunnahar Baby, wife of Milan, requested EC on Sunday through a letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) at city’s Nirbachan Bhaban. But she didn’t get chance to meet CEC.
“My husband can’t appear in the court as Chandpur court areas are totally surrounded by Police and DB men. Even burka-covered women are being forced to take off her burqa while going to court. We want to go to court,” she said while talking to the journalists.
It had not been possible for her to meet CEC even after waiting about two hours, she claimed.
“Later, I met election commissioners Rafiqul Islam and Kabita Khanam and talked about this. They assured me that they will look into the issue,” Nazmunnahar said.
In the letter, Milan said that due to prolonged stay abroad, he had failed to appear before the court in what he termed ‘false’ cases against him that had piled up. Having returned home, he wants to do election but he’s trying to go to the court. He would like to but can’t even go to court as there are so many law enforcement workers along his route.
He also expressed his fears in the letter that police will arrest him filing false cases before appearing in the court aim of torturing bringing remand.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) - Three officials of Dhaka WASA have been transferred with immediate effect following an Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) drive on Sunday.
The drive was conducted at the directive of director general and chief of the Enforcement Unit of ACC Munir Chowdhury, on charges of bill forgery, preparing bill in exchange of money and harassment of clients in the city’s Fakirapool area.
The WASA officials are Golam Rabbani, Shah Miran Bhuiyan, and Shafikul Islam.
Deputy Director of ACC Jannat Keya and members of police participated in the drive led by assistant director of ACC Masudur Rahman.
The complaint against inspector Shafikul Islam was that he engaged the consumers offering to decrease their bill readings in exchange for a fee, and Golam Rabbani took care of the technical bits like fiddling with the bill overlooking the meter.
The ACC also received a complaint that Shah Miran Bhuiyan used to threaten the consumers for increasing the bill without any cause if he does not get the demanded money.
A register was opened in the presence of ACC team aiming to manage the complaints and solve the complaints immediately.
ACC also found the information of due bill of many organisation. They mentioned the due bill (Tk 5 crore) of Ad-Din Hospoital and thirty lakh of Bangladesh Police Co-operative Society.
The drive team of the anti corruption body also stressed taking the necessary measures to collect customer’s bills as soon as possible.
Chief of enforcement unit of ACC Munir Chowdhury said “Public suffering is increasing for the corruption at the root level. ACC is pledged to decrease the rate of corruption through continuous monitoring.”
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Another victim of the Dhalpur gas cylinder explosion died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Sunday evening, taking the death toll from the incident to two.
The deceased is Atar Begum, 70.
Earlier, Tahmin, 7, was killed and six people sustained burn injuries after a gas cylinder went off at a house of Dhalpur in Jatrabari on Friday.
The injured were taken to the DMCH burn unit.
After fighting for her life, Atar Begum succumbed to her injuries at hospital around 7:30 pm.
Savar, Nov 18 (UNB) – Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed on Sunday said members of Bangladesh Army will work with professionalism if they are deployed during the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“Army is always ready for the country’s need,” he said while addressing a programme at Savar Cantonment.
General Aziz directed the Army men to work using their past experience so that the next general election is held peacefully.
He said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to build Bangladesh Army as a time-befitting and modern force of the world considering the incomparable role of the Armed Force in the Liberation War and their importance afterwards.
To implement Bangabandhu’s dream, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina established the 2nd Bangladesh Infantry Regiment in 1999, he said.
Top officials of the Bangladesh Army were also present there.