A number of workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jashore fell sick on Thursday as their fast-unto-death continued for the third consecutive day.
Most of the workers who fell sick were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital in the morning.
Khalilur Rahman, joint convener of State-Owned Jute Mill CBA and Non-CBA Sangram Parishad, said the workers fell sick due to cold and hunger. “Of them, 25-26 got admitted to the hospital while the rest were given saline at the spot,” he said.
Rahman said a meeting was held with State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian at her residence on Wednesday night. Sufian asked the workers to postpone their strike until December 15.
“The workers rejected her call and vowed to continue protest until their demands are met,” he added.
Production at nine state-owned jute mills remained suspended since Tuesday when the workers went on strike. An estimated 50,000 workers of Star, Platinum, Crescent, Alim, Eastern, Daulatpur and Khalishpur jute mills in Khulna and JJI and Carpeting jute mills in Jashore have joined the protest.
They are trying to force the government to accept their 11-point demand that include implementation of the wage commission, payment of regular wages, cancellation of public-private ownership of mills and allotting necessary fund for jute sector.
The workers said they were not paid regularly and were forced to come out on the streets demanding improvement of the situation.
Four people were arrested in separate rape cases in Jashore and Narayanganj districts on Wednesday.
In Jashore, police arrested Shahid Ali, 32 and Abdul Karim, 35, for violating a newly-wed housewife at Swarupdah village in Chowgaccha.
According to the victim, her husband and mother-in-law used to torture her after the marriage. On Monday night, at one stage of the torture, she fled from the house and took shelter near a tea stall owned by Shahid Ali in Hajrakhana intersection, adjacent to Chowgaccha-Maheshpur road. The tea staller forcibly took her to an orchard and violated her there.
Then, he took her to the house of Abdul Karim. She also was abused by Karim at his house.
She returned to her house in the morning and informed her family.
Later, she filed a case with Chowgaccha police stations against Shahid and Karim.
Police arrested the duo on Wednesday noon and sent them to court, said Rifat Khan Rajib, officer-in-charge of the police station.
The victim was sent for medical test.
In Narayanganj, police arrested Robin, 19 and Kamal, 30, from Paindi Uttarpara area of Siddirganj Police Station in a case filed in connection with a gang-rape incident, said Kamrul Fauk, officer-in-charge of the police station.
A bank manager committed suicide by hanging himself after being insulted by his own son at West Baniyakhamar Bihar Colony in Khulna on Tuesday.
Achintha Kumar Haldar, SI of Shonadanga thana, said Sheikh Nur Mohammad had an argument with his HSC examinee son Nur e Alam recently. At a point of the argument, the son misbehaved with his father and Nur Mohammad couldn’t take the insult.
Yesterday, around 6 to 7 pm in the evening the bank manager hanged himself from the ceiling fan.
Being informed, police recovered the body and sent it to Khulna Medical College Hospital morgue for postmortem.
The family didn’t file any case yet but the police has been taking preparation to file a suicide case.
The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) has started selling onions after dark in Khulna, with no shortage of buyers and an aim to not have any onions remaining when the trucks being used to conduct the sale return from their daily round.
The authorities declared they would sell the onions till the amount allocated each day for sale on trucks is sold out.
The TCB is selling onions at Tk 45 per kg in Khulna metropolitan and 12 districts to control the onion price in the market in Khulna division. Each person is eligible to buy a kilogram.
The spice was on sale at Moilapota intersection even after evening where buyers were seen purchasing onion in queue.
Sirajul Islam, a resident of Miapara area of Khulna, said that those who buy onions regularly know where and when the spice would be sold on any given day.
Hashi Begum of Dolkhola intersection said, “There is no time table of onion sale. Whoever sees that it is being sold somewhere joins the queue to buy onion.”
Khobir Hossain, who sells through a truck, said “The onion is being sold on the basis of the availability of allocated onion. There is nothing like day or night.”
Robiul Morshed, Head of TCB Khulna regional office, said “The allocated onion is being sold as long as in stock and if not in stock there would be no sale. People’s suffering is reduced through such sale.”
At least 8 people were killed in road accidents in Magura, Chandpur, Sirajganj and Gazipur districts on Wednesday.
In Magura, a ‘Nosimon’ driver and passenger were killed while three were injured when a truck hit the motorized rickshaw from behind in the Katakhali area of the district.
The deceased were identified as Arjun Akhikary, 30, the ‘Nosimon’ driver and passenger Motaleb Ali, 55.
Saiful Islam, officer-in-charge of Magura police station, said the accident occurred when two ‘Nosimons’ going to Arpara from Magura sadar upazila were struck from behind by a speeding truck at 6pm, leaving the two dead on the spot.
The three injured persons were admitted to the Magura Hospital in a critical condition.
A case was filed in this regard with the Magura police station, he added.
In Chandpur, a businessman and a child were killed in two separate accidents.
A businessman died and the driver was injured when an auto-bike overturned at Baganbari area of Motlob upazila in the district.
The deceased was identified as Khorshed Alam Bepari, 38, son of late Harun ur Rashid hailing from Lodher Gaon village in Shah Mahmudpur union of Chandpur sadar upazila. He was a cattle trader by profession.
Locals rescued the two injured in the accident when the auto-bike going to Sreerayer Char packed with seven goats lost control and overturned and took them to Motlob Health Complex. Khorshed Alam was shifted to Chandpur Government General Hospital as his condition was critical but was declared dead by on-duty doctors upon arrival there.
Palash Barua, SI of Chandpur model police station, sent the body to morgue for autopsy. A case was filed in this regard.
In another accident, Arafat, 4, son of Asheque Ali of Chandina Nababpur village, was killed when he was struck by a bus of Surma Poribohon on the road adjacent to Nurul Azad College in Kochua upazila while going to his grandfather’s house with his mother.
Confirming the incident, Md Waliullah, officer-in-charge of Kochua police station said the bus was seized and a case was filed over this accident.
In Sirajganj, a child was killed when he was crushed under the wheels of a dump-truck at Piyarapur village of Ullapara upazila in the district.
The deceased was identified as Julhak Ali, 9, son of Abdul Aziz of Piyarapur village.
Julhak died on the spot when a dump-truck used to remove earth ran over him at noon.
Confirming the incident, Mir Shaheen Parvez, officer-in-charge of Ullapara model police station, said the body was sent to the morgue of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital in Sirajganj and a case was filed in this regard.
In Gazipur, three people including a mother and her daughter were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a CNG auto-rickshaw on the Kapashia-Khirati road in Chalabazaar area.
The deceased were identified as Hena, her daughter Mansura, both residents of Barishab area, and Jibon, hailing from Boromi.
According to police, the three died on the spot when a bus going to Dhaka collided with the CNG auto-rickshaw while one injured person was sent to the hospital.
Police managed to seize the bus.