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Shamim Osman

Limits to critique and dreams

SHAMIM Osman and Dr. Salina Hayat Ivy's episode in a private television channel aired a few days ago attracted more than a million hits in Youtube. While Shamim Osman attacked Ivy on corruption issues related to local governance, and while Ivy looked uncomfortable trying to answer his concerns, and while the accusations are yet to be proven, Shamim Osman insisted and asked if corruption issues could be addressed later, why would the seven-murder case repeatedly gain attention in the...

Ivy aide knows better about 7-murder: Shamim Osman

Ivy aide knows better about 7-murder: Shamim Osman

Ruling party lawmaker of Narayanganj Shamim Osman suggested quizzing a close aide of Narayanganj Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy to dig out the fact about the grisly abduction and murder of the seven persons in April. Osman, a staunch political rival of Ivy, made the suggestion to interrogate Abu Sufian while talking to journalists after giving deposition before a government-formed committee probing the seven-murder. The Awami League leader reached at the public administration ministry in the capital around 11:30am and gave his three-hour deposition before the committee. Osman’s comments came a day after Ivy said the criminal godfathers of Narayanganj city were involved in the seven-murder. She was talking to reporters after giving...

Shamim Osman

Guilty, initially

An electoral enquiry committee has found some proof to back up the allegation that Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman threatened a police officer at the time of Narayanganj-5 by-election on June 26. Shamim Osman allegedly verbally abused and threatened a police officer, Bashir Uddin, after he had foiled an attempt by Osman supporters to occupy a polling station during the voting hours. The probe committee has recommended further investigation into the allegation before making any decision regarding the matter, according to...

Misplaced patronage

FOLLOWING the Narayanganj-5 by-poll the Daily Star under the caption, “Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses” wrote, “The Osman family has won the Narayanganj-5 by-polls amid allegations of widespread intimidation of voters.Selim Osman, the candidate of the main opposition Jatiya Party and brother of ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, beat independent candidate SM Akram by 16,742 votes in the battle of ballots that took place about two months after the gruesome seven murders in Narayanganj”.However, in myassessment, there was...

News Analysis

Shamim's arrogance, Bashir's courage

The arrogance of the Osmans in Narayanganj has gone up a good number of notches since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina informed the nation, on the floor of the Jatiya Sangsad a couple or so weeks ago, that she would take upon herself the responsibility of looking after the Osman family. The prime ministerial statement had ramifications that can clearly be imagined. An entire nation went into a state of disbelief, even shock. Where the people of Bangladesh had supposed that...

A courageous act

THE people of Narayanganj had demonstrated immense courage by staging huge protests against the recent gruesome seven-murder there. The mighty vested quarter could not silence their voices. Their protest sparked a ray of hope in people's minds elsewhere in the country. It appeared to have shaken the powerbase of the Osman family. It also sent a message to the people that Selim Osman might be defeated in the parliamentary by-polls through ballots. But Thursday's election result proved otherwise. The Osman...

Selim warns his men against wrongdoing

A day after Selim Osman won the Narayanganj-5 by-election marked by allegations of fake votes, use of black money and intimidation of voters, the newly elected JP MP yesterday warned his followers against doing anything unlawful. “Nobody involved in extortion and criminal activities, creating disorder, and any evil deeds will be spared,” said Selim. “Punishment would be double for those getting engaged in unlawful activities remaining on my side,” he added. Selim made the statement while addressing a rally of Jatiya Party...

Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses

Selim Osman wins, Narayanganj loses

The Osman family has won the Narayanganj-5 by-polls amid allegations of widespread intimidation of voters. Selim Osman, the candidate of the main opposition Jatiya Party and brother of ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, beat independent candidate SM Akram by 16,742 votes in yesterday's polls that saw a low turnout. Selim bagged 82,856 votes and...

  

Shamim Osman Threatens Policeman

I don't say please to anyone

I don't say please to anyone

Ruling party lawmaker Shamim Osman allegedly tried to intimidate an assistant superintendent of police in Narayanganj into letting fake votes be cast for his brother Selim Osman at the by-election yesterday. “I do not say the word 'please' to anyone. I am Shamim Osman. Listen to me. Why bother listening to the superintendent? Only...

NARAYANGANJ BY-POLLS

Vote rigging allegation against Selim Osman

Vote rigging allegation against Selim Osman

Independent candidate SM Akram brought allegation of vote rigging and ballot boxes stuffing against the supporters of Jatiya Party aspirant Selim Osman during the Narayanganj-5 by-polls today. Akram also alleged that the people of Selim drove away his polling agents from some centres. "My polling agents were driven away from several centres including Nolua Madrasa,...

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