Eight policemen including two sub-inspectors have been suspended in Kushtia for failing dope tests.
Superintendent of Kushtia Police SM Tanvir Arafat said the suspended policemen were attached to the district police lines.
Two sub-inspectors, two assistant sub-inspectors and four constables were suspended as Kushita police found their involvement in drug abuse.
Kushtia SP has taken the action following the directives of the Inspector General of Police.
On November 22, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) terminated 10 policemen and suspended 18 more for failing dope tests.
So far, 68 policemen – seven sub-inspectors, one sergeant, five assistant sub-inspectors, five nayeks, and 50 constables – have failed the tests.
Earlier this year, DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said: "All the suspected drug-addict policemen will have to take drug tests. If anyone is found positive, he will be sacked."
Shafiqul also said police personnel involved in drugs are already under intelligence surveillance.
The High Court will pass its order Monday on a bail petition filed by a rape accused who married the victim at Feni jail gate.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman fixed the date for the order as the bail petition had been placed before them on Sunday.
Advocate Faruk Alamgir Chowdhury represented the accused while Deputy Attorney General Md Sarowar Hossain stood for the state.
On Nov 19, Zahirul Islam Zia got married to the victim.
The marriage ceremony, which was agreed upon by both parties, took place in presence of Executive Magistrate Moniruzzaman with an alimony of Tk6 lakh.
Zia and the victim, Bibi Zohura, were in love and had agreed to get married. However, on May 17, Zohura accused him of raping her.
On June 30, Sonagazi police arrested Zia and pressed charges against him in court.
The High Court, on November 1, agreed to grant him bail on the condition that he marries the victim. The order reached the jail on Nov 11.
The victim expressed satisfaction at the court's decision.
Death penalty for rape
Bangladesh has seen a spike in rape crimes in recent months with nearly 1,000 cases, including over 200 gang-rapes recorded between January and September, according to Ain O Salish Kendra.
But the actual number is believed to be much higher since many victims choose not to report assaults, fearing social stigma and their safety.
The government, on October 13, promulgated an ordinance making death penalty the maximum punishment for rape.
The move came in the face of countrywide protests, sparked by rape incidents in Sylhet and Noakhali.
On November 17, the Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed in the parliament ensuring death penalty as the highest punishment for rape.
Rapists are rarely held to account in Bangladesh where the conviction rate for rape is below 1%, Human Rights Watch says.
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Disgraced independent MP Shahid Islam Papul's wife, daughter, and sister-in-law filed two petitions with the High Court on Saturday seeking anticipatory bail in a graft case filed over laundering Tk 148.41 crore.
The bail petitioners are Papul's wife, Selina Islam, daughter Wafa Islam and and sister-in-law Jesmin Prodhan.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Khurshid Alam said “Received the copies of the petitions on Thursday, the HC may hear them this week.”
Earlier on November 11, ACC investigating officer Salahuddin Ahmed filed the case on charge of amassing Tk 2.31 crore illegal wealth and laundering Tk 148 crore.
On June 6, Kuwait's Criminal Investigation Department arrested Shahid on charges of human trafficking, visa trading, and money laundering.
The High Court (HC) on Wednesday stayed the election to Faridpur municipality scheduled to be held on December 10 this year.
The bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after hearing a writ petition.
The HC also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why Election Commission’s (EC) announcement of the election schedule should not be declared illegal as the process of turning the municipality into a city corporation is underway.
The authorities concerned including the Election Commission have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Advocate Ruhul Kuddus Kajal stood for the writ petitioner while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Nowroj Rasel Chowdhury represented the state.
Md Atiar Rahman, a resident of the municipality, filed the writ petition on November 15.
The High Court on Monday issued a rule asking why the bail of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana in a case filed over illegally amassing wealth should not be cancelled.
At the same time, the bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel also stayed Rana’s bail granted by the subordinate court until the rule is resolved.
Md Khurshid Alam represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik stood for the state. Md Alamgir Hossain represented Rana.
Alam said a special judge’s court granted the Rana Plaza owner bail on May 17. After a virtual hearing on an ACC appeal on June 8, the High Court stayed the bail order.
Rana is the owner of Rana Plaza, a multi-storey building which collapsed in April 2013, killing at least 1,134 people, mostly readymade garment workers.
The ACC accused him of amassing Tk 2.54 crore illegally in a case filed with Savar police.