Shariful Islam

Garment Theft Ring: From ‘mastermind’ to ‘accused no 7’

Md Shahed alias Sayeed was arrested in September 2021 after police found his involvement in the theft of readymade garment products from goods-laden lorries on their way to the Chattogram port for shipment.

1d ago

‘He hooked me with promises of stardom’

Says young man who landed in jail pretending to be Rabiul

2d ago

Bringing back Arav will take time and cooperation of UAE, India: experts

There are two ways to bring back the accused. One is through a cooperation between India and the UAE authorities, and the other through coordinated efforts by Interpol.

3d ago

Murder accused now a jeweller in Dubai

A man accused of killing a policeman in Bangladesh launched a jeweller’s in Dubai yesterday.

5d ago

Owner of Dubai's Arav Jewellers is fugitive accused in cop murder case

The jewellery store is set to be inaugurated by Bangladesh cricket superstar Shakib Al Hasan in Dubai today

5d ago

Siddikbazar Building: 3 designs seized, only 1 had approval

The owner of the ill-fated seven-storey building in Siddikbazar constructed its basement and the two top floors without approval from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, detectives have said.

1w ago

Wait for justice frozen in time

One year into the brutal murder of Tanwir Muhammad Taqi, Rab said it had cracked the murder mystery, identified the killers and even prepared a draft probe report.

2w ago

4 narsingdi AL men: ‘Picked up’ 6 years back, no trace yet

It has been almost six years since four Awami League men disappeared after police allegedly picked them up from a village in Raipura, Narsingdi.

2w ago

Plan to tag Ctg, Cox’s Bazar as drug-prone zone raises fears about tourism

It will also send a negative message to other countries and discourage foreign tourists from visiting Bangladesh's prime tourist destinations, the tour operators said

2w ago

Was political rivalry the reason?

The massive popularity of Narsingdi’s Shibpur Upazila Parishad Chairman Harunur Rashid Khan and the possibility of him contesting in the next general election might be reasons behind Saturday’s gun attack on him.

3w ago

It’s hard to trust anyone these days

Mujibur Rahman and his family were eagerly preparing for his daughter’s and his niece’s wedding in Madaripur’s Shibchar.

3w ago

Rampal Power Plant: There’s no stopping the thieves!

It seems nothing can stop organised criminal gangs from stealing machines, materials and different kinds of equipment from Bagerhat’s Rampal coal-based thermal power plant.

3w ago

Bandarban’s Thanchi: Rab arrests 17 militants after daylong gunfight

Rapid Action Battalion arrested 17 members of newly formed militant outfit Jama’atul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya and three members of Kuki-Chin National Front (KNF) following a daylong gunfight in Bandarban’s Thanchi upazila yesterday.

Abandoned, left to starve

A woman and her 10-year-old twin daughters, who were rescued in critical condition from their flat in the capital’s Uttara early yesterday, had not eaten for at least four days.

Tk 2,000cr laundering: Fresh CID probe finds 30 involved

The Criminal Investigation Department has found involvement of at least 30 people in laundering Tk 2,000 crore while investigating a case filed against two Faridpur brothers Sajjad Hossain Barkat and Imtiaz Hasan Rubel. 

‘Biggest militant threat’ country has ever faced

Jama’atul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya posed a bigger security threat than any militant outfit ever did, law enforcers said.

Terror Training: Two ‘missing’ men left for CHT hills, not Afghanistan

Two young men -- Shibbir Ahmed and Abdur Razzak -- went missing from Sylhet in March 2021. Their families have never heard from them since.

RMG shipments: At the mercy of highway robbers

Readymade garment manufacturer A Plus Sweater Ltd had sent an RMG consignment to Chattogram Port from its Gazipur factory on eight covered vans on October 29 last year for shipment to Brazil.

From hope to horror

Kazi Ziaul Haque Tuhin had lost all hope. Amid family troubles, his business was facing losses, and brokers who promised to send him abroad ultimately cheated him.

Police turn AL man into BNP activist, put him behind bars

He has been actively involved in Awami League politics in the capital’s Kalyanpur area for over a decade. Local ruling party leaders know him quite well.

Metro Rail: A catalyst for local business growth

When construction of the metro rail from Uttara to Agargaon began in the capital five years ago, the word ‘hardship’ became synonymous with the residents of Mirpur and the surrounding areas.

GCC ex-mayor embezzled Tk 2.6cr from GCC coffer

Suspended Gazipur mayor Jahangir Alam embezzled Tk 2.6 crore of city corporation money using a fake city corporation bank account.

Crackdown on BNP men: Her one son killed, another behind bars

It was a fateful night for Fazilatunnesa’s family. Ruling party men stormed her house in Wari at midnight, just two nights before the BNP's December 10 grand rally -- killing one of her sons and whisking away another son. All these happened because of her grandson's involvement with BNP's politics, she said.

Police crackdown in city: Hoteliers count losses as guests stay clear

Many hoteliers and owners of shared living facilities in the capital are facing losses due to a sharp decline in guests since the ongoing police drives started on December 1.

Ghost cases haunting BNP men

Ishaq Islam, president of a union unit of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, and 300 others blocked Narayanganj Ring Road on November 20, blasted crude bombs, and vandalised vehicles, according to a case filed against them.

Mystery still shrouds Fardin’s death

Failing to get any evidence of murder during the month-long investigation, Detective Brach of police is now also looking into whether Buet student Fardin Noor Parash was killed in an accident, or whether he committed suicide.

Operation of Jama’atul Ansar: Officials trace transaction of over Tk 1.5cr

A new militant outfit has received funds from donors in the country and at least six Bangladeshi expatriates, said Rab and counterterrorism officers.

Jahangir ‘spent on’ events that never happened

Suspended Gazipur City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Jahangir Alam may have pocketed at least Tk 1.57 crore from the city corporation fund in the pretext of celebrating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary in 2020, according to an internal investigation by the city authorities.

73pc crimes went unreported in 2018

Seventy-three percent victims of various crimes committed in 2018 never reported those to cops, reveals a survey commissioned by Bangladesh Police.

Errant cops: Leniency lends them impunity

Complaints about police’s involvement in various crimes continue to pile up thanks to lenient disciplinary measures that embolden errant cops, say criminologists and legal experts. 

Gazipur road widening: Compensation unpaid, yet work resumes

The Gazipur City Corporation has resumed widening streets and construction of drains and footpaths without compensating those who lost land for the development work.

Dhaka underworld: Top criminals hold the reins from abroad

Several Bangladeshi mob bosses holed up abroad have been pulling the strings behind criminal activities here with the authorities unable to bring them back for trial.

Tk 2,000cr laundering case: Key suspects cleared of wrongdoing

As members of a powerful syndicate, they allegedly manipulated tenders left and right and took cuts from numerous contracts across government offices in Faridpur.

‘Raped, blackmailed and cheated’ in Mauritius

Desperate to lift her family out of poverty, Roksana (real name withheld) flew to Mauritius three years ago to work as a sewing machine operator. 

Many militants still at large

Sanwar Hossain joined Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in 2000, influenced by none other than the banned outfit’s then supremo Shaikh Abdur Rahman.

Dept of Youth Dev: Investigation finds promotions were illegal

When the Department of Youth Development (DYD) last year prepared a list of 1,175 officers to be promoted to a higher position, Rafiqul Islam Sheikh’s position was 497.

Death lurks at unsafe level crossings

Accidents at unprotected level crossings continue to claim lives as decisions taken at an inter-ministerial meeting around one and a half years back to curb such fatalities remained largely unimplemented.

Mirpur-10 mired in gridlocks

Mirpur-10 roundabout has become a nightmare for commuters, as parked vehicles, hawkers and garbage have made gridlocks a constant presence there.

Homegoers get stuck in tailbacks

People going to their hometowns from Dhaka to spend Eid suffered immensely due to shortage of buses, long tailbacks on the highways and delayed trains.

6 years of Holey Artisan café attack: Neo JMB on the wane, some groups active online

Militant group Neo-JMB, which carried out a deadly attack at a Gulshan restaurant in 2016, currently has no strength to carry out another attack, but officers and security analysts see several other groups as threats.

CTTC to start deradicalising militants in jail this month

The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit is going to start a long-overdue process of deradicalising militants inside prisons from this month.

Gold Smuggling Cases: Utter negligence at initial stage

Most gold smuggling cases see no headway due to insufficient evidence, as investigating police officers fail to glean vital information from the arrestees during interrogation and subsequent investigation.

Gold import: Advance tax withdrawn

Withdrawal of the existing 5 percent advance tax on gold import has been proposed in the budget for fiscal 2022-23 to encourage import of the precious metal through formal channel and discourage its smuggling.

5% advance tax on gold import goes

The government is set to withdraw a 5 per cent advance tax on the import of gold in the fiscal year of 2022-23 to encourage the import of the precious metal through formal channels and discourage smuggling.

Killings of AL leader, student: Key accused to be brought back from Oman today

A police team is scheduled to reach Dhaka from Oman in the morning today with Sumon Shikder Musa, a key suspect of the murders of a city Awami League leader and a college student in late March.

Gold smuggling: Rackets exploit legal channel

Over 30 tonnes of gold legally brought to the country by travellers last year were smuggled to India, according to an estimate by customs and CID officers.

Skeleton recovery case: No headway in 1.5 years

Around one and a half years after the recovery of a human skeleton from inside a building’s wall in the capital’s Shewrapara, investigators still could not identify the victim and unearth the mystery despite making various efforts.

53 cases over hefajat mayhem: 9 years gone, probe yet to be completed

Law enforcers are yet to wrap up the investigation of any of the 53 cases filed in the capital over the May 2013 Hefajat mayhem.

April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022

Humayun Azad murder case: Former BCL leader Abbas recounts torture after police tried to implicate him

Although the brutal attack on writer Humayun Azad was an act of extremist militancy, soon after the incident police tried to frame the political opponents of the then BNP-Jamaat coalition government in the case.

April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022

Where are the fugitive killers of Prof Humayun Azad?

Law enforcers have no clue about the whereabouts of top JMB militant Salahuddin Ahmed alias Salehin, a fugitive death row convict of Prof Humayun Azad murder case.

April 13, 2022
April 13, 2022

A book and a bloodthirsty terror outfit

Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) supremo Shaikh Abdur Rahman had directed his younger brother and the outfit’s military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny to kill Prof Humayun Azad for writing the book “Pak Sar Jamin Sad Bad”.

April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022

Azad to Avijit: Deadly cost of freethinking

Both of them shared some common principles and championed the causes of freethought and secularism. And both met the same fate.

April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022

Why is National Emergency Helpline 999 response slow?

The speed at which the National Emergency Helpline (999) responds to distress calls is much slower than that of developed countries due to an outdated operating system and manpower shortage.

April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022

999 is not a joke: National hotline faces barrage of prank, irrelevant calls

Sitting at his desk with headphones on, helpline (999) operator Anik Sen heard the cry of a baby right after he pressed the receive button to attend a distress call.

April 3, 2022
April 3, 2022

City braces for crippling traffic jams

Dhaka city dwellers fear that congestion on streets is going to be even more unbearable with the schools and colleges staying open for the better part of Ramadan.

March 26, 2022
March 26, 2022

Promising better lives abroad, syndicate traffics job seekers to India

Naim Hossain Sujan thought he would not make it out alive. Lured in with the promise of a well-paying job in France, the 22-year-old from Shariatpur ended up in a ruthless cycle of human trafficking, controlled by a racket in India.

March 12, 2022
March 12, 2022

Profit maximisation behind mad races of buses; people’s lives at risk on city roads

It was an early January afternoon. A bus was trundling towards Mirpur-10 from Pallabi, picking up anyone who would raise their hands from the side of the road.

March 6, 2022
March 6, 2022

9 Years of Taqi murder: A charge sheet taking forever

Almost a year after the brutal murder of Tanwir Muhammad Taqi, the draft of a Rab probe report got leaked in the media, revealing the involvement of 11 people, including Ajmeri Osman, in the killing.