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Rapid Action Battalion

2 Rab men testify on 7-murder

Two members of Rapid Action Battalion yesterday testified before a Narayanganj court in connection with the much-talked-about seven-murder case. They are Abdus Salam and Abdus Samad of Rab-11. The statements by the duo were recorded at the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Monwara Begum, said Advocate Sakhawat Hossain, president of Narayanganj Bar Association. This was the first time since the murders in April when any member of the Rab-11 testified in the case as witnesses, he added. The two Rab men yesterday...

Dismantle Rab

Dismantle Rab

Human Rights Watch in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated its call for disbanding Rapid Action Battalion as it believed the elite force is “beyond reform.” Until it is disbanded, Rab should be made into an entirely civilian force by withdrawing all military officers and soldiers from its membership, the New York-based rights organisation said. The government, however, rejected outright the call of HRW, while National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) saw “politics” in the demand of the global watchdog and questioned its jurisdiction over raising such a demand as a foreign organisation. “The Bangladeshi government has promised to reform Rab and hold it accountable, but it has utterly failed,”...

Two abducted siblings rescued in Cox's Bazar

Rapid Action Battalion rescued two siblings from Ramu in Cox's Bazar on Thursday night and arrested one their uncles on charge of kidnapping them from Dhaka over two weeks ago. Ashraful Alam Munna, 8, and his younger sister Jannatul Ferdous Sumaiya, 4, are children of Feroz Ahmed, a medicine trader in Ashulia outside the capital. Abu Shama, who was living with his brother and looking after Feroz's shop, was found with the children in a house in Kalatali bus stand area...

4 muggers held with currencies in capital

Rapid Action Battalion detained four muggers along with looted money worth Tk 5.12 lakh and Indian rupee 1.39 lakh in the capital's Mirpur and Mohakhali early yesterday. They are Mahabul Alam, 30, Badshah, 28, Masud, 39, and Nayan Daria, 28, said Rab-1 Commanding Officer Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud at a press briefing at the Rab-1 headquarters. Rab also seized two motorcycles, some bank cheques and six fake national identity cards from their possession.

Rab detains 4 muggers in capital

Rab detains 4 muggers in capital

Members of Rapid Action Battalion have detained four muggers along with Bangladeshi and Indian currencies in Mirpur and Mohakhali areas of the capital. The detainees are: Masud Rana, 39, Quamrul Hasan, 30, Badsha Mia, 28, and Nayan, 28. A team of Rab nabbed the four muggers along with Tk 4.65 lakh and 1.39 Indian rupees during a two-and-a-half-hour long drive till 12:30am today, said Qamrul Hasan, operation officer of Rab-1. A number of bank cheques and national identity cards (NID) were also seized from their possession. The muggers were detained for their alleged involvement with the mugging of Tk 47 lakh in the capital. On July 1, muggers snatched around Tk 47 lakh after...

Fake medicine factory busted

Fake medicine factory busted

A mobile court backed by Rab members yesterday busted a medicine factory in the capital's Topkhana for producing spurious antibiotics, including those for children, and jailed its owner for two years. Owner Aminul Ehsan, 40, had been running the unauthorised business on the ground floor of his four-storey building over the last three years. The...

Murder Attempt

4 suspects arrested

The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday detained four people, including a former ward-level Chhatra League leader, in and outside the capital for their alleged links with the shooting of an Awami League central leader last month. The AL leader, AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, was shot twice in the left hand on June 19 near Ibn Sina Diagnostic and Imaging Centre, on his way to Stamford University at Dhanmondi in Dhaka. He was discharged from Combined Military Hospital on June 28.    Of...

4 held over attempt to kill ex-BCL chief

4 held over attempt to kill ex-BCL chief

Rapid Action Battalion members have arrested four people for their alleged attempt to kill Enamul Haq Shamim, a central leader of the ruling Awami League, in the capital last month. The arrestees are Monir, Jewel, Mehedi and Harun, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports. Shamim, also former president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), was shot by unidentified gunmen at Dhanmondi in the capital on June 19. The elite force members arrested the four in separate drives in the capital and different other parts of the country between Monday night and Tuesday morning.   Shamim is the founder and president of Board of Trustees of Stamford University and vice-chairman of Port City International University in...

Ex-Rab officer Arif quizzed at jail gate

Ex-Rab officer Arif quizzed at jail gate

A government-formed committee investigating the seven murders in Narayanganj today quizzed Maj (retd) Arif, one of the three sacked Rab officers, at the gate of Dhaka Central Jail. The committee members led by Shahjahan Ali Molla, additional secretary of the public administration, went to the jail gate around 11:00am, Jail Superintendent Forman Ali told...

Bangla Bhai’s close aide held in Rajshahi

Bangla Bhai’s close aide held in Rajshahi

Rapid Action Battalion members arrested a close aide of Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, a leader of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), from Rajshahi city this afternoon. The arrestee is Abdul Majid alias Boltu, 35, hailed from Senopara in Bagmara upazila, reports our Rajshahi correspondent. Acting on a tip-off, an anti-militancy team of Rab arrested Majid...

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