The local administration has put the Kurigram Agrani Bank Limited and Islami Bank Limited under lockdown from Sunday morning following the increase in numbers of Covid-19 infection among the employees.
Kurigram Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohammad Moynul Islam said seven employees and staffs of Kurigram branch Islami Bank Limited have been detected with coronavirus. Samples of five more employees were taken recently.
Besides, five employees of Kurigram Agrani Bank were also found infected with the virus, forcing the local administration to put the two banks under lockdown, said UNO, also the president of the Upazila Covid-19 Infection Prevention committee.
The banks will remain closed until further notice.
At least 16 people, including four policemen, were injured as two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed over visit of Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel at Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
Witnesses said the clash occurred in the morning between the supporter Nowfel and City Mayor AZM Nasir Uddin intermittently and continued until the afternoon.
BCL President of CMCH unit Habibur Rahman alleged that some people identifying themselves Chhatra League activists attacked them when the deputy minister came in the morning.
Officer-in-Charge of CMCH police outpost Jahirul Haque Bhuiyan said the clash occurred after Nowfel left the hospital. The situation was brought under control after frantic eforts, he said.
Four policemen including two sub-inspectors were injured during the clash, he said.
A suspected yaba trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) early Sunday in Keyali Canal area nearing No-14 Bridge in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.
The deceased was identified as Md Syed Alam, 35, son of Md Syed Ahmed of Teknaf Municipality.
Lt Col Mohammad Foysal Hasan Khan, commander, Teknaf BGB-2, said tipped off that a big consignment of drugs would enter Bangladesh from Myanmar, a patrol team of BGB took position in the area at around 2 am.
BGB members noticed a man entered Bangladesh from Mynmar by swimming in the Naf River and met two people waiting there.
As soon as the BGB men chased them all, the drug traders opened fire on the BGB men, forcing them to fire back in self-defence that triggered the gunfight, he added.
Later, BGB members found bullet injured Syed Alam and took him to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex . He was later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
A LG gun including a round of cartridge and 40,000 Yaba pills were recovered from the spot.
After a recession for a few days, all the rivers in Kurigram district started flowing beyond the danger signal on Sunday morning.
According to Kurigram Water Development Board (WDB), Brahmaputra flowed 5cm and 10cm above the danger mark at Nunkhawa and Chilmari points respectively, while Dharla flowed 42cm beyond the red level at Bridge Point in the morning.
Meanwhile, riverbank erosion has taken a serious turn at 19 points of the district, said WDB executive engineer Md Ariful Islam. “We’re trying to stop the erosion by throwing geobags right now,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Rezaul Karim said they have prepared schools as shelter centres in the district for flood-hit people.
All the Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs), local union parishad chairmen and members were directed to evacuate people and bring them to shelter centres, he added.
He also said enough relief goods are there in stock for the flood victims.
On Thursday, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said 23 districts have so far been hit by floods.
The government has allocated 8,210 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 2.22 crore cash, 40,000 dry food and other food packets, Tk 40 lakh each for cattle feed and baby food for the 20 flood-hit districts, he said.
A tribal woman died and her four-year-old child was injured after Jana Samhati Samity (JSS) members opened fire reportedly on an Army patrol at Angaipara in Bandarban's Rowangchhari upazila on Friday.
A local source of Bangladesh Army said that the incident took place around 6pm when an army patrol went to Angaipara after being tipped-off about the presence of some JSS extortionists there.
As soon as the Army patrol reached the area, the JSS members opened fire and fled the scene, he said.
Later, he said, the soldiers chased them and conducted a search operation in the hilly area. At one stage, they found the woman and her child injured.
The woman succumbed to her injuries while being taken to Bandarban Sadar Hospital. The child is now undergoing treatment there.