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Khaleda without power for 19 hrs

Khaleda without power for 19 hrs

Stealthily they cut off the electricity line to Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office early yesterday and stealthily they restored it later at night, leaving the BNP chief without power over 19 hours.  A team of Dhaka Electricity Supply Company (Desco) Limited snapped the supply at 2:42am apparently in a government move to mount pressure on the BNP chief to leave the office and call off the ongoing blockade. Cable and internet, land/mobile phone connections were also disconnected in phases between 8:00am and 3:38pm yesterday, triggering huge criticism. An infuriated Khaleda, who has...

Power supply to Khaleda’s office stopped

Power supply to Khaleda’s office stopped

Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (Desco) has stopped power supply to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office at Gulshan in Dhaka in the early hours of today. Almost simultaneously, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested BNP’s joint secretary general Rizvi Ahmed from a Baridhara residence at 2:45am. Rizvi has been playing vital role in the BNP-led 20-party...

Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Amnesty International has condemned Bangladesh government’s move to use “excessive police force” tackling ongoing violence during the BNP-led 20-party alliance blockade. The global rights watchdog also has called upon the BNP to “exhort their members and supporters to stop politically-motivated criminal acts” in a report published yesterday. Pulling up reference to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s...

Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Bangladesh government failed to prosecute security forces for serious abuses including killings, disappearances, and arbitrary arrests, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015 released today. “Government forces committed serious abuses both leading up to and after the January 2014 general election, while opposition parties engaged in violent and indiscriminate attacks to impose...

Shibir leader killed 'while fleeing Rab custody'

Shibir leader killed 'while fleeing Rab custody'

A leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, was run over by a truck while trying to flee the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chapainawabganj town today, the elite force claimed. Asadullah Tuhin, 20, was Shibir president of City College unit located in the district headquarters, reports our Chapainwabganj...

2 'criminals' killed in Rab 'shootout'

Allegations of extra-judicial killings against Rab were mere propaganda, claimed Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed yesterday. His comment came barely 11 hours after two alleged criminals were killed in a “shootout” in the capital's Banashree area. He said arms were given to the law enforcers to curb crime not for “playing ha-du-du or danguli [traditional sports]”, reports our Khulna correspondent. “What is judicial killing?” Benazir questioned whilst responding to a reporter's query at a press briefing in Rab-6 Headquarters in Khulna. The...

JCD man killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab

A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader was killed in a "gunfight" with Rab in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla early yesterday. The dead, Solaiman Uddin Jisan, 32, of Latifpur village in Laxmipur Sadar upazila, was the former library affairs secretary of Laxmipur district unit JCD, the pro-BNP student body. With this, four people, three JCD leaders and a Jamaat leader, were killed in such "shootouts" with law enforcement agencies after the BNP-led alliance enforced the nationwide blockade since January 6.  Jisan stood accused in...

Rab announces reward for anarchists’ arrest

Rab announces reward for anarchists’ arrest

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) today announced Tk 10,000 to Tk 1 lakh reward for helping the elite force in arresting anarchists to contain political violence. “Identity of the informers will not be disclosed,” Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed said while addressing a press briefing at Rab headquarters in the morning. The Rab chief came up...

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

An alleged criminal was killed in a “gunfight” with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla early today, police said. Rab alleged Soleman Uddin Jisan, 32, son of late Abu Bakar from Laxmipur Sadar upazila, died in the gunfight around 4:00am, our Comilla correspondent reports quoting Anamul Haque, a sub-inspector...

‘Arsonist’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab at Kansat

‘Arsonist’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab at Kansat

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) claimed to have killed an “arsonist” in a “gunfight” at Kansat of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj early today. BNP claims the victim as its own 48-hour shutdown called from Sunday The victim was Matiur Rahman, 35, son of Unsar Ali from Shibganj, our local correspondent reports quoting Maj Kamruzzaman, Rab-5 camp commander...

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