Bogura, Aug 24 (UNB) – Police in an anti-child marriage drive arrested fourteen people including a bridegroom, bride and ‘Kazi’ here on Saturday on allegations of arranging child marriage.
Shibganj police arrested them conducting a night-long drive. Nannu Khan, Police Inspector (Operation) of Shibganj police station confirmed this on Saturday afternoon.
They were given punishment on various terms after they were produced before the mobile court following arrest of the 14 people.
Shibganj police conducted anti-child marriage drive at Bihar, Jamgram, Kanupur, Dhawagir and Shonkorpur villages on Friday night.
Marriage ceremony of a 13-year old daughter of Chan Mia of village Dhawagir was being arranged. The girl went into hiding after police carried out drive there. At this time, police arrested three weeding party members including bridegroom Milon, 23, son of Mojnu Mia of Shonkorpor village, the girl’s father Chan Mia Kazi Kazi Abdul Aziz,35.
At the same time, police also conducted drive at a child marriage ceremony arranged at village Kanupur. The bridegroom managed to flee. However, five people including bridal party were arrested.
Nannu Khan, Police Inspector (Operation) of Shibganj police station, said, “child marriage was arranged at various villages at the same time on Friday night despite continuation of anti-child marriage campaign”.
Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate M Anisur Rahman saved three girl students from child marriage.
Mobile court sources informed that acting on a tip off, the court went to the house of bride Fatema Khatun, 16, daughter of A Malek Ratan of village Diar Pachil of Sirajganj sadar upazila while preparation was going on for marriage ceremony with Baijid Bostami, 21, a 3rd year political science student of a local college and son of A Bari of Kalibari Ghoshpara locality.
The mobile court stopped the child marriage and fined brides’ father A Malek Ratan 5 thousand taka.
The mobile court conducted another drive at Mulibari of the same area where eight grader of local high school Nupur Khatun, 14, daughter of Noyon Sheikh of Hosainpur locality under municipal area where marriage was being arranged with Hira Mondol,32, son of Abdul Sheikh of municipal area. The mobile court fined 5 thousand taka each to bride’s father Noyon Sheikh and bridegroom Hira Mondol.
In another incident, preparation for marriage ceremony between Selim Hossain’s daughter and class three student Sony Khatun, 13, was going on with Monirul Islam, 25, son of Iman Ali of village Chorbonbaria at Shilonda Purbapara village of the same area. Later, the mobile court awarded 10-day imprisonment to bride’s father Selim Hossain.
Later, bond was taken from the fathers of each of the brides that they would not give marriage of their daughters until they become adult.
Dhaka, Aug 24 (UNB)- Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said stern action will be taken against those who try to incite communal disharmony showing no tolerance for acts that disturb the social fabric of the nation.
The home minister was speaking at a Janmashtami program by a section of the Hindu community at Swamibagh ISKCON temple of the city in the afternoon.
He said that people of all religions have been celebrating their own religious festivals smoothly over the last 10 years without any chaos due to strict surveillance of law enforcement agencies. “So if anyone tries to incite a quarter centering religion, it will not be tolerated. Strict legal action will be taken,” he said.
The Home Minister urged all to refrain from giving religiously provocative posts through social media, saying that Bangladesh is more aware of religious discipline than any other country in the world.
“Therefore, do not try to promote any religious instigation posts through social media. This is my request,” he said and added: “If anyone tries it, be aware that our law enforcement agencies are strictly monitoring social media. Any provocative post will immediately get the attention of law enforcement agencies.”
About his recent visit to India, Asaduzzaman said his counterpart Indian Home Minister Amit Shah had greatly appreciated the communal harmony in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh is now a role model in the world for communal harmony. Therefore, we must work together to maintain communal harmony,“ he added.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar, DIG of PBI Banaj Kumar Majumdar, and DMP Wari division deputy commissioner Md. Ibrahim Khan were present at the program.
Dhaka, Aug 24 (UNB) - Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has started setting up water flow metres in Tannery Industrial Estate in Savar to prevent the misuse of water.
Project Director of the industrial estate Engineer Jitendra Nath Paul said they supply water to tannery units through their 123 units.
“Some industrial units lift water with their own pumps in addition to the water supplied by BSCIC. The corporation is now installing metres to prevent the misuse of water,” he said.
Jitendra further said the High Court also directed to be frugal in using water in the industrial units.
He said metre installing activities will be completed within a couple of days.
Islamic University, Aug 24 (UNB) - A day-long discussion on 'Bangabandhu and media' was held at the Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Saturday.
IU Press Club organised the programme marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Birshrestha Hamidur Rahman auditorium of the university at around 11:00am.
IU vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari addressed the programme as chief guest while Non-government Teachers and Employees’ Welfare Trust member secretary Shahjahan Alam Saju was the main discussant.
IU pro-vice chancellor Professor M Shahinoor Rahman spoke at the programme as special guest. IU Press Club president Ferdousur Rahman Shohag presided over the discussion meeting. .
Rumi Noman, a member of IU Press Club, conducted the programme attended by over one thousand teachers and students of different departments including IU former proctor and syndicate member Professor M MahbuburRahman, IU law faculty dean Professor Reba Mondol, IU BCL unit president Robiul Islam Polash and its secretary RI Rakib.
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Aug 24 (UNB) – Four Bangladeshis were killed in a road accident in Medina on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Suruj Mia, 25, son of Jabbar Mia; Nura Mia, 23, son of Motalib Bepari; Ujjal, 22, son of Mokarram of Kalapaharia union, and Rasel, 24, son of Akram Ali of Khagkanda union in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj.
The accident took place around 1pm (Bangladesh time), said Jahirul Huda Alamgir, supervisor of Al-Fahad Company where the victims used to work.