3 to die, 5 get life for murder
Our Correspondent, Mymensingh
A court here yesterday sentenced three people to death and five others to life term imprisonment for killing a farmer in Phulpur upazila of the district in 2002. Those awarded death penalty are, Askar Ali and Tula Mia, sons of Suruzzaman, and Shahabuddin, son of Safir Uddin. The lifers are, Rubel Mia, Abdus Sattar, Suruzzaman, Abu Bakar and Atab Uddin. They all hail from Bainjana village in Phulpur upazila. The court also fined the convicts Tk 10,000 each, in default, they are to suffer another six months in jail. According to the prosecution, there had been a longstanding rivalry between two neighbouring farmers of the village Abdul Halim and Suruzzaman over the ownership of a piece of land. As a sequel of the enmity, Suruzzaman's men stabbed Halim with lethal weapons at his home on May 27 in 2002, leaving him dead on the spot.
College girl's body recovered
A Correspondent, Chandpur
Police on Tuesday recovered the body of college girl, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the river near Matlab upazila from a Chandpur-bound launch on Monday night. The deceased, Amrin Nur Muna, 16, daughter of Advocate Mir Aminur Rashid, was a first-year student at Shaheed Bir Uttam Lt Anwar Girls College in the capital. Police quoting witnesses said, Amrin jumped into the river from Sonar Tari-2 launch in Shatnal area, leaving a bag and a diary on the deck of the launch. Following the incident, the launch crews stopped the launch on the spot and searched for Amrin for an hour, but all their efforts went in vain. Shah Alam, sub-inspector, also in-charge of Mohanpur River Police, said locals spotted her floating body at Satnal area in Meghna River and informed the police. Being informed, police recovered the body. Sajib Bhuyan, a passenger of the launch, said seeing her crying on the deck, other passengers wanted to know the reason. In reply, Amrin said she left her home in the afternoon following an altercation with her mother over a trifling matter, added Sajib.
6 held in India return home
Our Correspondent, Benapole, Jessore
Six Bangladeshis, who were held by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) while trying to enter Indian territory through Petrapole border illegally, returned home through Benapole check post on Tuesday. BSF members handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at the check post at night. The returnees include three women, two men and a kid, hailing from different villages of Bagerhat and Munshiganj districts. Away in Lalmonirhat, three Bangladesh nationals returned home through Burimari land port on Monday morning after serving two years' jail in an Indian prison. Indian immigration police handed them over to Bangladeshi immigration police in the morning, reports UNB. The returnees were identified as Rafiqul Islam, 38, son of Ibrahim Miah, Dulal Miah, 35, son of Moynu Islam, and Chamir Hossain, 22, son of Ekabbar Ali, hailing from Thakungaon district.
Warehouses gutted in fire
Our Correspondent, Pabna
A woman died while four warehouses burnt down during a fire at a jute mill at Odhirnagar in Bera upazila on Tuesday. The fire erupted from an oil tank blast at the factory at noon, sources said. Fire service officials said the fire broke out as an oil tank of Bengal Jute Mills near the warehouses suddenly exploded and it soon engulfed the warehouses. An unidentified woman, aged about 35, died when a sand-land truck which was carrying to douse the fire, hit her on the way. The affected mill owner claimed that the extent of losses from the fire may go up to Tk 30 crore. Away in Patuakhali, medicines worth several lakh taka were gutted as fire burnt the storehouse of Barguna General Hospital yesterday morning, reports our correspondent. Eyewitnesses and hospital sources said, at about 11 am, smoke came out from the storehouse of the hospital and within a very short time, the fire spread to different areas of the hospital. On information, fire service men rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after an hour. Md Humayun Shamim Khan, Residential Medical Officer (RMO) of the hospital said that the fire might have originated from electrical short circuit. Medicines worth Tk 4 lakh were burnt. However, the accurate figure would be found latter, he said.