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Syeda Rizwana Hasan

Making Environmental Courts Effective

Bela chief accuses govt of insincerity

Expressing dissatisfaction over activities of the Department of Environment (DoE), Bela Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan yesterday accused the government of not being sincere in its efforts to make environmental courts effective. “The environmental courts have been set up with the condition that they have no shield and no sword. Indeed, these courts remain non-functional,” she said. She was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on “Application and reformation of environmental laws preventing pollution arising from industrial activities: a...

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Abductions

What the state must do

One is relieved at the safe return of Abu Bakar Siddique from the clutches of his captors. There is little question that frantic efforts made by his wife Syeda Rizwana Hasan, direct intervention of the prime minister in the drive for Siddique's rescue and intensive operations launched by the law enforcement and security agencies have been instrumental in saving his life. The need for the state will now be to ensure that Siddique, his wife and children remain safe and...

Any land-related case your wife filed?

Any land-related case your wife filed?

Abu Bakar Siddique was not the first person to have been confined to that house. “Some other people were also brought and kept there. A few of them were killed and others were released,” Siddique, businessman and husband of environment lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, told The Daily Star yesterday, quoting a person who stood...

Cops acting on Siddique statement: DMP

Cops acting on Siddique statement: DMP

The law enforcers are pushing ahead with their investigation to track down the abductors of Abu Bakar Siddique on the basis of his statement made before a court in Narayanganj, police authorities said today. "We are looking for some suspects based on what he said before the court yesterday," Monirul Islam, spokesperson of Dhaka...

Govt freed Siddique fearing consequence: Khaleda

Govt freed Siddique fearing consequence: Khaleda

Blaming the government for the abduction of Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of environmental lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia today alleged that it freed the victim sensing dire consequence for the act. "The government was responsible for this abduction. An oust government movement could have started had Bakar not freed immediately," the...

Abductors free Abu Bakar

Abductors free Abu Bakar

Kidnappers freed Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of prominent environment lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, around 11:00pm yesterday, about 33 hours after the abduction. Police later spotted him near Kalabagan on his way home on a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 12:00am today, and took him to Dhanmondi Police Station. He later went to his Central Road home...

‘The house is frequently used to keep abductees’

‘The house is frequently used to keep abductees’

Hours after his release, Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of prominent environment lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, said the house where he was held captive is frequently used to keep abducted people. "I talked to the caretakers of the house where I was kept and from their conversation I realized that the abductors had kept other...

Rizwana's Husband Abducted

Environment culprits linked?

Environment culprits linked?

Armed miscreants yesterday abducted the husband of Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), in Narayanganj. The incident happened in the city's Fatulla around 2:30pm, when Abu Bakar Siddique was coming to Dhaka by his car. He is the managing director of Hamid Fashion, a Narayanganj-based garment factory owned by Awami League lawmaker and State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu. Recently, Siddique also set up his own garment factory there. The motive for the abduction remains unclear, but Rizwana said some real estate and ship-breaking companies might have links with it as she filed several cases against them as part of her professional duties. A gang of six...

First image of microbus emerges

First image of microbus emerges

With no information found yet on the whereabouts of Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Narayanganj police today said the abductors drove towards Dhaka. The blue microbus crossed the toll plaza of Mayor Hanif Flyover at 2:53pm, Narayanganj police said after scrutinising the video footage...

Rizwana hopeful of husband’s return

Rizwana hopeful of husband’s return

Bela chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan, wife of abducted Abu Bakkar Siddiqui, today expressed her hope that her husband will be returned safely to his family. “As, apparently, I am getting full support from the government and the law enforcing agencies,” Rizwana said at a press conference at Brac Inn Centre in the capital...

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