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Issue No: 226
July 09, 2011

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JCD president Tuku arrested
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) president Sultan Salahuddin Tuku from a house at Gulshan in the capital on July 5. A police officer requesting anonymity informed that a team of DB police raided a relative's house of Tuku and detained him.- Unb, Dhaka July 5 2011.

Pirate leader Nasir killed in 'shootout'
Chief of notorious pirate gang 'Nasir Bahini', which operates in the Sundarbans area, was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and the law enforcers in Botiaghata upazila in Khulna on July 5. Nasir, 32, was accused a number of cases, according to police. A joint team of police and Rab-6, acting on a tip-off, conducted a raid in Narayankhali area while Nasir and his gang members were allegedly holding a clandestine meeting. Nasir was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot receiving bullets, police claimed, adding that his cohorts managed to flee the scene.-The Daily star online edition July 5 2o11.

3 ex-IGPs sent to jail on surrender
A Dhaka court on July 3 in August 21 grenade attack cases issued arrest warrant for Tarique and 17 others, all of whom are among the 30 named in supplementary charge sheets of the cases. Of the 18, former police chiefs--Ashraful Huda, Khoda Baksh Chowdhury and Shahudul Haque-- surrendered before the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka on July 4, which later sent them to jail. The attack left 24 leaders and workers dead and 300 others, including the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, injured. Surrendering before the court, the trio sought bail in a case filed for the killing of 24 people. But the court rejected their plea. Earlier, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted the supplementary charge sheets on July 3.-The Daily star July 5 2011.

HC asks govt to protect hills in Chittagong
The High Court on July 4 issued a rule upon seven government officials to show cause within three weeks as to why their inaction to protect the hills of Chittagong would not be declared illegal and without lawful authority. It directed the superintendent of police of Chittagong and officer-in-charge of Banshkhali Police Station to file cases against the people involved in cutting hills in Banshkhali and other upazilas. They were also asked to submit a compliance report to the court through the registrar within 10 days. The HC bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice M Moazzam Husain came up with the directions following a writ petition filed by the Secretary of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) Asaduzzaman Siddique.- The Daily star July 5 2011.

4 factories fined for Buriganga pollution
The Department of Environment (DoE) on July 4 fined four textile and washing factories in Keraniganj Tk 31.60 lakh in total for releasing untreated liquid waste into the river Buriganga. A DoE team led by Director (monitoring and enforcement) Munir Chowdhury, along with Rab-2 members raided Bilashi Textile Mill, Global Washing, Eden Trade and Minto Dyeing in Keraniganj on the west side of the Buriganga, said DoE officials. The team found that all the four factories discharge toxic waste into the river. Bilashi Textile Mill has an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) but that is not functioning properly. The three other factories have no ETPs. Also, none of the factories obtained any environmental clearance certificate.Earlier, the DoE in February 2010 filed a case against the factories for environment pollution under Bangladesh Environment Protection Act. But their production did not stop, nor did the pollution.- The Daily star July 5 2011.

Limon's Arms Case, Hearing on
charge framing deferred

A special tribunal of Jhalakathion July 3 deferred the hearing on charge framing against Limon Hossain and seven others in an arms case to September 15. Faruk Ahmed, judge of the special tribunal-1, recorded the attendance of Limon after he appeared before it and transferred the case to the special tribunal-2 of the district. After hearing arguments of both sides, Md Siddikul Arefin Chowdhury, judge of the special tribunal-2, deferred the hearing on charge framing to September 15. M Alam Khan Kamal, special public prosecutor of tribunal-2, appealed to the court to defer the date as seven other accused in the case did not surrender to the court. Earlier, Limon, shot and maimed by a Rab team on March 23.-The Daily star July 4 2011.


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