Dhaka, Apr 13 (UNB)- Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said on Saturday there is no specific security threat centering this year’s Pahela Baishakh celebration programme.
“There is no specific threat. Besides, detectives’ surveillance is on. No one will be able to create any obstruction in the celebration programme,” he said while talking to reporters after visiting DMP’s security arrangements at Ramna Park.
He said Pahela Baishakh has now become a national progamme and law enforcers have been kept ready across the country so that people can celebrate Pahela Baishakh smoothly.
Cyber Security team is also monitoring social media sites so that no one can spread provocative messages, said the Minister.
Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – The Supreme Court has appointed four senior lawyers as amici curiae to take their expert opinions on whether life imprisonment means jail until death.
The four amici curiae are Barrister Rokonuddin Mahmud, Advocate AF Hasan Arif, Advocate Abdur Rezak Khan and Advocate Monsurul Hoque Chowdhury.
The six-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain also fixed May 9 for hearing a petition seeking review of the Supreme Court judgment delivered on February 14, 2017 with an observation that life imprisonment means sentence until death.
On February 14, 2017, the Supreme Court commuted the death penalty of two convicts -- Ataur Mridha and Anwar -- to imprisonment until death with an observation that life imprisonment means sentence until death.
On December 16, 2001, Zaman Yeasmin was shot to death by some miscreants in Savar.
Police submitted a charge-sheet against three people -- Anwar, Ataur Mridha and Quamrul -- on July 27, 2002.
On October 15, 2003, a Dhaka's Speedy Trial Tribunal sentenced them to death.
Of them, Anwar and Ataur filed appeals with the High Court challenging their death penalty and the court on October 30, 2007 upheld their death penalty. Later, the moved the Supreme Court against the HC judgment.
After the SC verdict, Ataur Mrida filed a petition seeking review of its judgment.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Bishwajit Debnath represented the state and Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Shishir Monir stood for the petitioner.
Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday ordered the Election Commission (EC) to register Ganosamhati Anodolon as political party within 30 days.
A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order after hearing a rule seeking explanation as to why Ganosamhati Andolon will not be registered as a political party.
On November 11, last year, the rule was issued following a writ petition filed by Ganosamhati Andolon convener Zonayed Saki.
Barrister Jotirmoy Barua stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Ekramul Haque Tutul represented the state.
On December 31, 2017, Ganosamhati Andolon applied to the EC for being registered as a political party which was rejected by the EC.
On September 23,2018 a legal notice was served on the EC seeking review of their decision but they failed to respond to the notice.
Natore, Apr 11 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday sentenced four people to death and another to life term imprisonment in a case over the killing of a BCL activist in Lalpur upazila.
The condemned convicts are—Shamim, Abdul Matin, Sujon and Sukhor Babu while the lifer is Santu.
The court also fined the condemned convicts Tk 10,000 each.
According to prosecutor Masud Hasan, on February 28 in 2002, a gang of terrorists attacked Habibpur village and vandalised several house centering enmity on the national election.
They stabbed and shot BCL activist Moazzem Hossain Khannas to death. Victim’s father filed a case against 23 people.
Later, five accused got acquitted from the case.
After examining all the records and witness, additional district and sessions judge Saifur Rahman handed down the verdict acquitting 13 other people.
Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) - Tightened security measures have been taken to ensure smooth celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, in the capital, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia.
“The major places where people will gather to celebrate Pahela Baishakh will be under security blanket,” said the DMP commissioner while briefing media about its security preparation on the eve of Pahela Baishakh at the DMP media center on Thursday.
The DMP chief said no one will be allowed to wear masks and play Vuvuzela on the day to avert any unpleasant incident.
“The law enforcers will escort the Mongol Shobhajatra to be brought out by the students of Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University and also police will keep surveillance from the roof of buildings,” he said.
Besides, law enforcers will put barricades in Nilkhet, Palashi, Shahbagh, Kakrail and Matsya Bhaban areas and no vehicles will be allowed to enter the areas, he added.
Close circuit cameras will be installed in several places including Ramna Park and Rabindra Sarobar, said Asaduzzaman.
People have to pass through archways as well as they will be inspected both manually and electronically while entering the celebration venues.
The DMP also banned carrying of any explosive materials, sharp weapons, bags and metal equipment at the venues.
No open air programme will be allowed after 6 pm while the entry at Ramna and Suhrawardi Uddyan will be closed after 5 pm, said the DMP Commissioner.
Replying to a question of any suspicious of security threat, he said, “There is no threat of any attack in the city and the law enforcers have taken necessary measures to take action instantly.”
Besides, plainclothes police, detectives, intelligence team, SWAT and bomb disposal unit will be remained stand by alongside police.