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Law Enforcers

Law enforcers getting into criminal acts

Visiting two people, allegedly shot in the leg by police, at a hospital in the capital, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday alleged that law enforcers were increasingly getting involved in criminal activities. "They [law enforcers] are running a 'business of detention' and extorting general people. They are even shooting people if they refuse to pay," he told reporters, after talking to the two men at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (Nitor). The two from...

N'ganj-5 By-poll

Law enforcers fear violence

Law enforcers and officials of intelligence agencies fear that the upcoming Narayanganj-5 by-election may witness violence, as they think the zone is sensitive. Muscle power, black money and local political complexities present in Narayanganj make the zone sensitive, EC officials told The Daily Star. They expressed their fear at a meeting, on law and order situation ahead of the by-polls, convened by the Election Commission (EC) at its conference room in the capital yesterday. Officials of the EC, home ministry, police, Rab,...

Of nexus between cops and goons

Allegations against the law enforcers continue to pile up, with a ward councillor yesterday levelling accusations against lawmen that they had a nexus with Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the seven-murder tragedy in Narayanganj. Talking to The Daily Star via her younger sister at their parental home in Shiddhirganj, Jannatul Ferdous Nila, ward councillor for wards 4, 5 and 6, described how Hossain had harassed her with the help of law enforcers. Sheila carried questions and answers back and forth...

Khaleda for disbanding Rab

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded that the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) force be disbanded, alleging the elite force has now become involved in "killings, abductions and forced disappearances". "People think there is no necessity for Rab anymore as they are now killing people in exchange for money," Khaleda said while talking to the family members of Sajedul Islam Sumon at their Shaheenbagh residence in the capital last night.    "Law enforcers" picked up Sumon, general secretary of word No 32...

Countrywide Alleged Abductions

One found dead, five still missing

One found dead, five still missing

Amid abduction panic across the country, law enforcers have recovered a body of an abducted person in Thakurgaon and rescued two other victims in Moulvibazar and Savar. Besides, five others remained traceless in different districts, report our correspondents. In Thakurgaon, police recovered the decomposed body of an auto-bike driver, who was abducted on Tuesday, from...

Arrest 'dismissed' Rab-11 officials

Arrest 'dismissed' Rab-11 officials

The families of seven-murder victims in Naryanganj yesterday demanded arrest and interrogation of three “dismissed” Rab-11 personnel for a fair investigation. In their statements to the government probe body, they also called upon law enforcers to detain and grill other officials of the elite force, if necessary, instead of harassing the innocents. The committee recorded the depositions of 25 family members and relatives of the seven at Narayanganj deputy commissioner's office from 10:00am to 6:00pm yesterday. Led by the additional secretary of public administration ministry, the seven-member committee is probing the April 27 abduction and subsequent murder of panel mayor Nazrul Islam, lawyer Chandan Sarkar and five others. As part of the investigation,...

Nur 'controlled' drug business

Nur 'controlled' drug business

The drug empire Nur Hossain built in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj took years to build, if not decades. But it was nobody's headache although he ran the illegal trade under the nose of law enforcers and the local administration. Hossain, the prime accused in the sensational seven-murder case, did it all openly with protection from...

9 cops injured in gunfight with robbers

Nine policemen and two robbers were injured in a gunfight between the law enforcers and the highway robbers at Bariura of the district's Sarail upazila early yesterday. Four sub-inspectors of Sarail Police Station -- Istiak Ahmed, Abdul Alim, Abu Bakar Siddik and Abdul Khaled Sakib -- are among those hurt. The injured policemen have been undergoing treatment at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital and Sarail Upazila Health Complex. Police said some 10 to 12 highway robbers halted their CNG-run auto-rickshaw on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway...

124 Jamaat, Shibir men held

Law enforcers arrested 141 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami, pro-Jamaat Islami Chhatra Shibir and BNP across the country in the last three days. In Jhenidah, police arrested four Jamaat-Shibir and 17 BNP activists at different places early yesterday in cases filed over several charges including attacks on police personnel, torching police vehicles and polling centres. Earlier on Thursday, police arrested 33 Jamaat-Shibir activists in Jhenidah town on the same charges. In Chapainawabganj, law enforcers arrested 66 Jamaat-Shibir men in three upazilas during Wednesday and...

Two Men Missing for a Year

Mother of one alleges law enforcers' apathy

Mother of one alleges law enforcers' apathy

After getting little response from law enforcers, a woman yesterday appealed to the prime minister to bring her son back who went missing a year ago. "Throughout last year, I have contacted several law enforcement agencies. But they could not give any clue, some of them did not even respond cordially," the depressed mother, Lipi Akter, alleged at a conference in the capital's Crime Reporters' Association Bangladesh. Some people posing as Rab personnel whisked away Rafiul Islam Raja, who used to provide alternative power in the neighbourhood, Keraniganj, and his two friends--Nizam Uddin alias Nirjhar and Md Nayeem-- by a white microbus from the front of Lalbagh fort on April 26...

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