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Unabated violence

SO far BNP's political programme has cost 113 lives. Sixty of them were victims of arson attacks on buses and public transport. More than 1,200 vehicles have been destroyed by fire or damaged by miscreants. One hundred thirty people are writhing in agony in the burn units. And on Sunday only, 43 vehicles were damaged or put on fire. To compound matters, political clashes and traffic accidents, including bullet riddled bodies, number 17. The crossfire deaths and public beatings,...

Food not a problem

Food not a problem

Food is being supplied to BNP chief Khaleda Zia and others staying inside her Gulshan office regularly at least from three sources although the party has been claiming that police have repeatedly obstructed food supply to the office. The BNP claimed that Khaleda and others had been going hungry for lack of food since...

HC questions legality of calling blockade

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government and all the 41 registered political parties including the Awami League and the BNP to explain in four weeks why calling blockade should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional. Following a writ petition filed by the country's top business bodies, the HC in its rule also asked the government to explain why its inaction to impose reasonable restrictions on calling hartal and blockade should not be declared unlawful. It ordered the...

PETROL BOMB ATTACK

Driver killed, helper burnt in Chapainawabganj

Driver killed, helper burnt in Chapainawabganj

A covered van driver was burnt alive and his helper suffered injuries as pickets allegedly firebombed the vehicle in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj early today. The deceased was identified as Shipon, 35, who hailed from Barisal, our Chapainwabganj correspondent reports quoting Bashir Ahmed, superintendent of police (SP) in the district. The incident took place around...

7 BNP, Ansarullah Bangla men held in Dhaka

7 BNP, Ansarullah Bangla men held in Dhaka

Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they have detained seven activists of BNP and Ansarullah Bangla Team from different parts in Dhaka. Police conducted drives in the capital in last 24 hours till 9:00am today and picked up six activists of BNP and a member of Ansarullah Bangla Team, according to a text message sent by...

Pickets torch 5 vehicles in Noakhali, Joypurhat

Pickets torch 5 vehicles in Noakhali, Joypurhat

Hartal supporters allegedly torched at least five vehicles in Noakhali and Joypurhat on the third day of the 72-hour hartal (shutdown) enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. A bus helper was injured when pickets hurled brick chips at the vehicle before the arson attack in Noakhali. Apart from this, no unexpected incident was reported from...

Khaleda appeals for withdrawal of arrest warrant

Khaleda appeals for withdrawal of arrest warrant

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s lawyer today submitted two separate petitions seeking withdrawal of arrest warrants issued against her in Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar, of the special judge court-3 of Dhaka, will hear the petition tomorrow at 10:30am. Earlier on February 25, the court issued arrest warrants against the BNP chief for skipping court hearings on four consecutive dates in the two graft cases against her and eight others. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed Zia Orphanage graft case in 2009 for embezzlement of over Tk 2.1 crore. The other case was filed in 2011 for abuse of power in creating the charitable trust. In her political career...

Khaleda to ‘surrender if security ensured’

Khaleda to ‘surrender if security ensured’

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will surrender to court tomorrow on condition that the government allows her to return to her office after her bail, her defense lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain said. But the Law Minister Anisul Huq called Khaleda a “fugitive accused” and said she cannot give any conditions. Mahbub, also an advisor to Khaleda, told The Daily Star that the former prime minister must get adequate security on her way back to her Gulshan office after getting bail. He said that he had discussed the issue with Khaleda. The BNP chief has been staying at her office since January 3. Mahbub said, “They would not let Khaleda return to her office.” “To isolate...

Hartal extended till 6am Friday

Hartal extended till 6am Friday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has extended its countrywide hartal till 6:00am Friday to press home their demand for a fresh election under a non-party administration. The announcement was made this afternoon through a press statement issued by BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed. This is for the fifth time the alliance has extended its 72-hour...

Khaleda seeks HC stay on arrest warrants

Khaleda seeks HC stay on arrest warrants

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today filed two separate petitions with the High Court seeking stay on arrest warrants against her in two corruption cases. The latest petitions have been submitted as supplementary to her two other petitions she had filed expressing no-confidence in a trial court judge, who is dealing with Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. The petitions will be included in the hearing list of the HC on Thursday, AKM Ehsanur Rahman, a counsel for Khaleda, told The Daily Star this afternoon. Citing from the petitions, he said the lower court has issued the arrest warrants against Khaleda on February 25 although her “no-confidence” related petitions, which were...

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