MSF demands legal action, investigation into Gazipur trader's death 'in custody'
Manabadhikar Shongskriti Foundation (MSF) today (January 19, 2023) condemned the death of a trader "in police custody" in Gazipur and demanded legal action against those involved after ensuring fair investigation. Family members and locals say that Rabiul Islam, 40, a resident of Peyara Bagan in Gazipur city died while in police custody. The incident came to light on Wednesday. According to the statement of MSF, the statement of police over the incident was not acceptable. The organization demanded fair investigation into the death, autopsy and publication of the autopsy report. Read More: Trader's beheaded body found in Chandpur They also demanded legal action against those involved after finding out the actual reason behind the death. Police arrested Rabiul along with three others on charge of gambling on January 14. However, police released three of them. On January 17, a team of police went to the house of Rabiul and took a signature on a white paper from his wife, the latter said. After that, Rabiul’s wife came to know that her husband was dead. Read more: Trader’s death in ‘police custody’: Locals block Dhaka-M’sing, Dhaka-Tangail highways Malek Khasru, officer-in-charge of Basan Police Station, said two sub-inspectors took Rabiul to the police station and they let him go from the police station on January 17. But on the way home, Rabiul was knocked down by a truck, he said. Later, he was taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College and Hospital and he died there, according to police. Enraged by the death, local people, equipped with sticks, put up barricades on Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Mymensingh highways on Wednesday morning, disrupting traffic movement. Two policemen of Gazipur Metropolitan Police were withdrawn from their duty on Wednesday over the death. Read More: Trader’s death in ‘police custody’: Locals block Dhaka-M’sing, Dhaka-Tangail highways The policemen are: Mahbub and Nurul Islam, both assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) of Bason Police Station, Gazipur Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (Crime) Abu Torab Mohammad Shamsur Rahman told UNB. Meanwhile, a three-member probe committee headed by Additional Police Commissioner of Gazipur Metropolitan Police Md Delwar Hossain has been formed to investigate this incident, he added.
Health Minister vows legal action in Napa deaths of two siblings
Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said legal actions will be taken if anyone is found guilty in the death of two children reportedly after taking Napa syrup in Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria district. The minister said this in an international convention and scientific seminar arranged by Bangladesh Society of medicine at the city's Bangbandhu International Convention Center. “Already we have formed a committee to probe the incident. The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and Health Service Department have also taken the necessary steps in this regard,” said Zahid. Also read: Govt seeks WHO nod for vaccinating children aged 5 and above: Health Minister On Thursday night, two siblings named Yasin Khan,7, and Morsalin Khan,5, died after taking Napa syrup at their home in Durgapur union in Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria. The parents of the children gave them the syrup as they were suffering from high fever. It was bought from a local ‘Ma Pharmacy’ owned by Main Uddin and the syrup had an expiry date mentioned till 2023. The children were discharged after given primary medications at District Sadar Hospital. Yasin died on way home, and Morsalin after reaching home, the family said. Also read: Govt has set up 16,000 Covid beds since the beginning of pandemic: Zahid Maleque
Legal actions will be taken against the creators of 'Ghotona Shotto'
Seeking justice for the children with special needs who were insensitively portrayed in the recently aired Eid-ul-Adha tele-fiction “Ghotona Shotto”, private humanitarian organization CHILD (Countrywide Health Initiative for Learning & Development) Foundation says that it will take legal action against the producer, director and associates of the production.The legal initiative will be assisted by the Neuro-Developmental Disability Protection Trust (NDDT) and the Dhaka University Department of Communication Disorders, the organization said at a virtual press conference on Monday.NDDT Trust Chairperson Dr Golam Rabbani, Managing Director Dr Anwar Ullah and Director Salma Begum, Dhaka University Communication Disorder Chairman Tawhida Jahan, Child Foundation Chairman Tahrin Aman, Co-Founder and Secretary General Anowara Aana Aman Aman and Barrister Shahedul Azam spoke at the webinar.It was announced that the legal action against the fiction makers will be implemented on the basis of the Bangladesh government's 'Rights and Protection of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2013'. Also read: “Ghotona Shotto” infuriates audiences for insensitive portrayal of children with special needsSpeakers at the press conference said that the tele-fiction 'Ghotona Shotto', aired on a private television channel as a special programme of Eid-ul-Adha and later released on its producer Central Music and Video (CMV)’s YouTube channel on July 25, has spread severe negative propaganda about the sensitive matter, which elevated the already existing superstitions, stigma and negative mindset regarding the children with special needs - especially in the rural area.The speakers said that the name of the fiction itself is also deceptive and the underlying message conveyed in the fiction belittled and insulted the families, who have been constantly fighting the obstacles and roadblocks regarding the protection of their specially-abled children.It was mentioned that the message given through the fiction has also insulted the responsible activities of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her worthy daughter Saima Wazed in building a friendly and cooperative, inclusive society for the people with special needs. Also read: 'It's time to think who should be referred to as actors, models': Actors Equity BangladeshDirected by Rubel Hasan, the fiction sparked massive criticism after showcasing the story of a couple, acted by Afran Nisho as a driver and Mehazabien Chowdhury as a housemaid, who mischievously deceive their service-takers. Later it showcases that the couple was bestowed with a child with special needs, wondering if their child’s condition is a result of their misdeeds.Amid the controversy, the fiction was then immediately taken down from CMV's YouTube channel and the cast and crew have publicly apologised on their respective social media and other mainstream media platforms.Rejecting the apology of the makers, casts and crews of ‘Ghotona Shotto’, the speakers at the webinar said that they will announce legal actions against the fiction-makers in the upcoming days.
Violation of lockdown rules to invite legal action, warns DMP
Urging people not to get out of homes without any valid reason during the seven-day tough lockdown, DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam on Wednesday said the violators of its rules will face legal action leading to arrest and imprisonment. “This time the police will take tough action against the violators. We’ve preparations to arrest 5,000 people or more a day from the capital, if needed. Then we’ll send them to jail and produce before court,” said the DMP Commissioner. He came up with both the advice and warning while talking to reporters at DMP Media Centre. Replying to a question, Shafiqul, said, “No motorised vehicle will be allowed to ply roads but rickshaws can move enabling people to deal with emergency causes like buying daily essentials, medicines and taking patients to hospitals. No one will be allowed to use a rickshaw for roaming or visiting relatives’ houses.” Asked about the media people’s movement, the DMP chief, said the journalists have been asked to cover their assignments after hanging their ID cards and they can move in the city to perform their duties. “Police won’t obstruct them. They can also use vehicles provided by their respective offices,” he added. Responding to another query, the DMP commissioner said police patrolling will be increased on main roads as well as in alleys of the city. Read: DMP explains directives on ridesharing during lockdown
Village head shot dead in Rangamati
A village head was shot dead by some miscreants at Lulongchhari in Jurachhari of Rangamati district on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Pathar Moni Chakma, 63 of the area. Read: 2 shot dead in separate incidents in Cox’s Bazar Police said two miscreants called Moni out of his home and opened fire on him around 9 pm, leaving him dead. Shafiul Azam, officer-in-charge of Jurachhari Police Station, said, “Police recovered the body but no one was arrested in this connection. The motive behind the killing could not be known immediately.” Read: Jubo League leader shot dead in Teknaf Mir Moddasser, superintendent of Rangamati Police said legal action will be taken in this regard. The body was sent to the Rangamati Hospital for autopsy. Read:PCJSS man shot dead in Rangamati Moni Chakma raised his voice against criminal activities in the area and played an important role in the development of the area, said local people.
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