Rapid decline in the water level, strong current and torrential rainfall in the last few days have put the Daulatdia Ferry Terminal area at high risk of erosion which could potentially force partial shutdown of the key terminal.
Around 200 feet stretch near the Ghat 3 has been gobbled up by the Padma River.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has continued dumping geo bags to prevent further erosion.
The geo-bags are being placed from the launch ghat to its ferry ghat no-6. Even then, erosion has also taken place at several points, particularly a big portion of the area that lies between ghat no-2 and 3 have gone into the river.
If the erosion continues, the operation of the ghat no-3 will have to be suspended. However, the operation of other ghats have remained largely normal despite visible erosion there.
Assistant Manager of Daulatdia BIWTA Office Mahbub Ali Sardar said the ferry ghat did also face erosion around the same time last year after the water level started declining fast, when the ghat no-2 went into the river bed.
This year, erosion has hit various points of the ghat, particularly areas adjacent to ghat-2 and 3. If the erosion continues, the operation of ghat no-3 might be stopped, he said.
Executive Engineer at BIWTA Aricha Office Nizam Uddin Pathan said a team of BIWTA and the Water Development Board visited the Daulatdia Ferry Ghat on Wednesday last as part of the move to plan to modernise the ferry ghat. If the modernisation works can be started soon, the risk of erosion will go down, said the officials.
A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday sentenced Irfan Selim, son of Dhaka-7 MP Haji Selim, and his bodyguard Zahid to one year in jail for possessing illegal walkie-talkies and drinking liquor.
Rab members along with Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam raided the nine-storey building of Haji Selim at around noon. The drive continued till 6:45pm.
Briefing reporters in the evening, Lt Col Ashique Billah said Irfan and his bodyguard Zahid were given six months jail each for drinking wine and another six months for the illegal possession of walkie-talkies.
Two separate cases will be filed at the local police station -- one under the Arms Act and another under Narcotics Control Act -- against the duo, he said.
Two firearms, 38 walkie-talkies and liquor were recovered from the house during the drive, he said.
A Rab official said Irfan has been living on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. A pair of handcuffs were also recovered during the raid.
Rab detained Irfan from his father’s residence at Devdas Lane of Swarighat in Old Dhaka in the city in the afternoon on charge of "attacking" Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan of Bangladesh Navy.
Lt Col Billah said a Rab team conducted a drive in the house and arrested him in the afternoon with his bodyguard.
Irfan is also the councillor of ward-30 of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
On Sunday night, he was accused of ‘assaulting’ a navy official.
Lt Wasif filed the case at Dhanmondi Police Station naming four people and several unnamed accused.
The three other accused are -- AB Siddique Dipu, 45, Md Zahid, 35, and Md Mizanur Rahman, 30.
What happened Sunday night?
According to the case statement, a private car hit Lt Wasif's motorcycle near Labaid Hospital at Dhanmondi around 7:45pm when he and his wife were returning to their Mohammadpur residence from Nilkhet.
Later, some people came out of the car and physically assaulted the navy official and verbally abused his wife.
Md Ikram Ali Mia, officer-in-charge of the police station, said the driver of the car, Mizanur, was detained from the spot and shown arrested in the case.
A Dhaka court on Monday placed Mizanur, driver of Haji Selim, on one-day remand in the case.
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‘Criminals will be punished’
Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said that those who are involved in the crimes will be brought to book irrespective of their identities.
“If anyone commits a crime, he/she will be brought under law, no matter who the person is,” he told reporters at his Dhanmondi residence when they sought comment about the attack on Lt Wasif.
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An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Rangpur Detective Branch (DB) police, accused of being involved in the gang rape of a schoolgirl, was suspended on Monday.
Abu Maruf Hossain, the deputy commissioner of Rangpur Metropolitan Police, said ASI Raihanul Islam was suspended for his alleged involvement in the incident.
The victim’s family said ASI Raihanul, who identified himself as ‘Raju’, had an affair with the ninth-grader aged around 15.
He was recently transferred from Haragach police station to Rangpur metropolitan DB.
On Sunday morning, he called the victim to the house of one Aleya Begum at the Kedarer Pool area and raped her. He later had her raped by a group of young men.
Raihanul got out of the house when the victim fell ill and informed police. The girl was rescued around 8:30pm and taken to the police station.
Police detained Aleya and her associate Surovi that night.
The victim’s father filed a rape case accusing Raju and several others.
Maruf said the victim had informed them about a policeman named Raju. “ASI Raihanul was taken into custody for questioning to ascertain whether he was Raju,” he said.
He was suspended after the rape allegation was raised against him. “The case has been transferred to the Police Bureau of Investigation,” Maruf said.
Human rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra said that nearly 1,000 rape cases were reported in the country between January and September this year, including over 200 gang rapes.
But the original number is believed to be much higher as many victims do not report assaults.
A series of rape incidents rocked the country in recent weeks, prompting the government to make death penalty as the highest punishment for the crime.
The 26th death anniversary of Rokeya Begum, the mother of Prime Minister’s deputy press secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher, will be observed on Tuesday.
A milad and doa mahfil, and Qurankhawni will be held at her Sreerampur home in Magura on Tuesday. Food will be distributed.
Tusher urged all to pray for the eternal peace of his mother’s departed soul.
Rokeya Begum, wife of retired agriculture officer Abdur Razzaque, passed away on this day in 1994, leaving behind four sons, two daughters and a host of relatives.
A Bangladeshi peacekeeper was killed and two others were injured in a road accident at Dele in Bangui (Central African Republic) on Sunday.
The deceased was identified as lance corporal Abdullah Al Mamun, a driver.
The injured were identified as Sergeant Abdus Samad, 35, artillery and soldier Mokhlesur Rahman, 31.
The accident took place around 00:25 (local time) when the water tanker, carrying a team of Bangladeshi peacekeepers, plunged into a 20-25 feet deep ditch, leaving Mamun dead on the spot, the ISPR said Monday.
The injured are being treated at a hospital in Bangui and they will be shifted to Uganda soon.
They met the tragedy while going to Bangui from Kaga Port.