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Nine to die, two get life term for murder in C’nawabganj

Our correspondent, Chapainawabganj

Nine people were sentenced to death and two to life term imprisonment for murdering Monirul Islam, treasurer of Sonamasjid Land Port Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association. Additional District and Sessions Judge Md.

Shawkat Ali pronounced the verdict yesterday acquitting four others as the charge brought against them was not proved. The convicts who got death penalty are – Akherul Islam, 36, Sirajul Islam Munshi, 40, Tahurul Islam Tutul, 42, Abdul Malek, 34, Sirajul Islam, 40, Shariful Islam Sharif, 37, Md. Masud, 22, Sirajul Islam Sentu, 32, and Abdus Salam, 34. Parul Begum and Masud alias Lalchand, who remained absconding, were given life term imprisonment. The court fined them Taka 2 lakh on each or to suffer another one year in default. According to the prosecution, the then president of the Sonamasjid Land port C&F Agents Association Akherul, vice-president Munshi, general secretary Tutul and others were had an dispute with Monirul over transaction of the association’s money. The convicts took Monirul to Shibganj Upazila Stadium area in the evening of October 24, 2014 and shot him dead. Monirul’s wife Rahima Khatun filed a murder case with Shibganj police station next day. Assistant superintendent of police of Chapainawabganj Sadar circle and investigating officer of the case Matiur Rahman Siddiqui submitted charge sheet accusing 15 people on June 15, 2015. After hearing 23 witnesses the court handed down the verdict.

Scarcity triggers fish price rise

Our Correspondent, Bhola

 Fish prices have gone up in Bhola markets due to a dwindling haul from the Meghna and Tetulia rivers. Meanwhile, the fisheries department has banned catching of fish in the bay for 65 days from June 1. During a visit to different fish trading centres on the banks of the Meghna and Tetulia in Bhola sadar, this correspondent found that fishermen were lazing away their time by playing cards. Hilsa fish trader Mossaraf Hoain and Abul Hajkari told this correspondent that there was not sufficient fish haul from the Meghna during the last two months. As a result, thousands of fishermen are having a tough time to earn their bread. Fishermen Sha Alam Majhi and Nuru Majhi of Dhania union in Bhola said they were in deep trouble due to the poor haul of fish from the river over the past three months. Recently, fishermen have formed human chains in Bhola in protest against the ban on catching fish. They also demanded Tk. 8,000 per month for each fisherman’s family and employment during the ban period. Nurul Islam, president of Khudro Matshajibi Samabay Samity in Bhola, said: “We’ve urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to provide financial help during the ban period to save fishermen.”

Cop sued for torturing wife

UNB, Sirajganj

An police inspector on Tuesday was sued for torturing his wife in Tarash upazila. The accused is identified as Saidur Rahman, son of late Korban Molla of Dighi Saguna village of the upazila. He is currently employed in Jaipurhat Police Lines. On Tuesday, his wife Ambiya Khatun filed a case with Sirajganj’s cognizance court accusing five people including her husband. Later, another case was filed with Women and Child Repression Special Tribunal-2.

According to the case statement, Ambiya was married off to Saidur in 1997. Their troubles started not long after, as Saidur pressurized his wife to bring dowry from her parents. At one stage, her parents provided TK 180,000 (1.8 lakh).

In 2016, even after being married for nearly 20 years, Saidur again demanded TK 5 lakh more from his wife when he got promotion as inspector. He tortured her physically and mentally as she refused to do so.  Meanwhile, the police officer got married to a girl named Farhana Khatun Iti, hailing from Shibpur village of Rajshahi’s Puthia upazila.

From then, he used to torture Ambiya and his only daughter with her on various pretexts.

Eventually, unable to bear his torture anymore, Ambiya left their marital home and returned to her parents, taking their daughter with her.

She filed the cases alleging dowry-related torture on Tuesday, after attempts at mediation to solve the couple’s problems broke down.



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