Cox’s Bazar, Aug 23 (UNB) – Hundreds of agitated locals stormed a Rohingya camp and vandalised makeshift houses and NGO offices following the murder of a local Jubo League leader in Teknaf.
They burned tyres and plastic boxes to block a five-kilometre road from Teknaf municipality to Leda Point for three hours. The residence of Rohingya leader Noor Mohammad was also torched.
Agitated locals burned tyres and plastic boxes to block a five-kilometre road from Teknaf municipality to Leda Point in Cox’s Bazar
Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station, said they persuaded the agitated locals to end their blockade around 3pm assuring them of arresting the killers and bringing them to justice.
Jubo League leader Omar Faruk, 30, was shot dead at Jadimura in Teknaf upazila on Thursday night.
His elder brother Osman Goni alleged that a group of Rohingyas picked Faruk up from near his house and shot him dead at a nearby hill.
Two other locals were also killed, allegedly by Rohingyas, since the 2017 influx and there have been reports of attacks on police and harassment of journalists by the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.
Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas who fled here from Myanmar over the years. Many Rohingyas have been accused of getting involved in criminal activities.
Two attempts to repatriate them – the latest one was on Thursday – were abandoned as no one of the Rohingyas could be sent back.
Dhaka has been saying that the prolonged stay of the large number of Rohingyas will pose a serious security threat, not only for Bangladesh but also for the neighbouring countries.
OC Das assured locals of stronger police presence in the area but the promise alone could not pacify the residents.
“We, the Bangalees, aren’t safe here anymore,” said Ayasur Rahman, General Secretary of Cox’s Bazar Bachao Andolan.
Chandpur, Aug 23 (UNB) - Language Movement veteran Dr MA Gafur passed away on Friday at a Dhaka hospital. He was 85.
He breathed his last at Samarita Hospital, said his eldest son Dr Shakil Gafur.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, and Advocate Nurul Amin Ruhul, MP, extended condolences to the bereaved family.
Gafur is survived by two sons and a daughter.
He was laid to rest at Gor-e-Gariba graveyard after namaz-e-janaza at Chandpur Municipal Eidgah Moidan.
Gafur, born in Char Korailia of Haimchar upazila, took part in the 1952 Language Movement while he was studying at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He was an active language activist and accompanied language veterans MA Wadud, Oli Ahad, Principal Abul Kashem, Nurul Haque Bhuiyan, and Abdul matin.
During the Liberation War, the Pakistani occupation forces burnt down his house in Char Koralia.
Gafur donated land worth Tk 4 crore for setting up Chandpur Diabetic Samity and was its founding general secretary. He was also a former general secretary of Chandpur Eye Hospital.
His wife Prof Mahmuda Khatun was the daughter of Shahed Ali Patwari, the then Speaker of Parliament.
Gafur’s eldest son Shakil is working as an associate professor at Rangpur Medical College and youngest son Prof Dr Shayer Gafur teaches at BUET.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Ruling Awami League’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the enemies of the country's Hindu community are also the enemies of the nation.
“Those who are your (the Hindu community) enemies and hostile to you are communal forces ... They’re the enemies of the state,” he told a rally at Palashi intersection in the city on the occasion of Janmashtami.
Quder, also the transport minister, said there is no reason for the Hindus to worry about their safety as long as the incumbent government, under leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is in power.
He said the Bangladesh-India bilateral relationship is at an all-time best.
“We’re enjoying the best relation with India,” he said.
He mentioned that the Prime Minister will visit Delhi in October to meet her Indian counterpart.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB)- Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the city’s Rampura and Jatrabari areas on Friday.
The victims were identified as Abdul Quader, 60, of Merul Badda in the city, and Moshtaque, 58, of Chandpur district.
Quoting family members, Md Sohel, a sub-inspector of Rampura Police Station, said Quader was seriously injured in a road crash near Rampura bridge while driving a motorbike.
On information, police rescued him and took to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where doctor declared him dead around 11:45 am.
In another incident, Moshtaque was hit by a mini-truck while crossing a road in front of Jatrabari Matuail Medical Hospital, leaving him injured.
A pedestrian took him to the DMCH where doctors declared him dead around 11:30 am.
Moshtaque, said to be a plumber at the Bangladesh Secretariat, had been living at Konapara, Matuail.
Bachchu Mia, in-charge of the DMCH police outpost, confirmed the deaths.
Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Terming communal harmony a great tradition of the nation, President Abdul Hamid on Friday urged people of all religions to strengthen it to attain national development and progress through collective endeavor.
“Bangladesh is a land of communal harmony. All religious festivals are celebrated here with fervour and gaiety. I urge people of all religions to maintain it through collective efforts and utilise it for attaining development of the country,” he said.
He made the call while exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community at a reception at Bangabhaban, marking Janmashtami, an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
President Hamid also stressed the need for utilising the appeal of Janmashtami to establish a welfare state instead of keeping it limited to ceremony and festival only.
"Man is a social animal. Therefore, all have to play responsible role for eradicating misdeeds, injustice and superstition from the society without remaining busy with own selves.”
The President also stressed the need for strengthening family ties to prevent violent incidents and build a peaceful society.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Hindu religious personalities, leaders of Hindu Religion Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Dhaka Mahanagar Sarbajonin Puja Committee, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and people from various professions of the community joined the reception. They presented bouquets to the President.
Lawmakers, judges, ambassadors and high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, senior journalists of Hindu community, among others, also joined the reception at the president palace.
The invited guests were entertained with the traditional food items at Darbar Hall. President went round different corners there and exchanged greetings with them.