Seven members of MOVADEF given conditional release
Man killed in Khulna ‘shootout’
A man was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Fultala upazila in Khulna in the early hours of Monday. The deceased is Monirul Islam Sheikh, 35, who was a resident of village Damodar Shitpashadanga of Fultala union. Monirul’s family claimed that Monirul was killed intentionally. Police said that Monirul was nabbed from the village of Baroipara in the Kalia police station area in Narail on Monday afternoon as per the complaint lodged against him by his second wife.
Police arrested him as the accused of Helal Gazi murder case of the village of Tajpur in Fultala. Monirul told police names of his associates and information about arms during interrogation. A team of police went on a drive at about 2:00am on Monday along with Monirul to recover arms. Monirul’s gang opened fire to police and threw bombs as they neared in Bildakatia area. The attackers fled the spot as police retaliated. Later, Monirul’s bullet-ridden body was recovered from the spot. Police said that sub-inspector Yasin Alam Chowdhury, Ujjal, constable Hussain, Al Mamun and Krishnapad were injured in the ‘gunfight’. The body of Monirul was sent to Khulna Medical College Hospital for autopsy
. Two separate cases were filed under Arms and Explosives Act in this connection. Fultala police officer-in-charge (Investigation) Md Nasiruddin said that Monirul was regional commander of East Bengal Communist Party (People’s War). Monirul was wanted in six cases filed with different police stations, added OC.
Chingwizi villagers flee into mountains
ZNA deployed soldiers at Chingwizi on Sunday, who reportedly beat up villagers before destroying their tents following violent skirmishes with the police last week. Villagers protested against government plans to move a local clinic from the camp to new plots they have rejected. They are demanding compensation for lost property. In February, government relocated 3 000 families from the flooded Tokwe-Mukorsi dam basin to a camp on a sugar cane farm.
Armed police last week visited the camp in an unsuccessful attempt to get the displaced families to accept relocation without compensation to one-hectare plots, where they have been told they must grow sugar cane or lose food aid. The relocation was vigorously resisted. The protest saw the villagers overpowering anti-riot police officers, disarming them and setting alight their two vehicles, forcing government to rope in the army from Masvingo’s 4 Brigade. The soldiers ransacked the camp and assaulted villagers.
Doctors ‘stopped from helping’ Tuba protesters
Police have entered the Tuba Group’s factory in Dhaka’s Badda area on Wednesday morning to ‘clear out’ activists of various labour organisations. They also pushed out doctors who were with the workers during their hunger strike, Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee Convenor Moshrefa Mishu told bdnews24.com. They are also stopping doctors from administering saline to workers rendered sick by hunger strike, she said. “They’re trying to force us out. More than 200 workers have fallen sick after being on the hunger strike. Police won’t let doctors to go near them nor even carry saline.” More than a thousand workers from Tuba Group’s five factories have been on hunger strike since Sunday last week to demand three months worth of unpaid salaries, overtime and bonus .
Protest in La Brea over highway jobs
Over 100 people from Vance River and Guapo blocked the road with burning debris yesterday protesting mainly for jobs in the construction of $7.5 billion Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin. Yesterday’s action, which began around 5 am along the Southern Main Road, halting construction work in the area, is the second such protest in about three months. Spokesman Brennon Daniel said villagers also protested on Monday and would not allow any construction to continue until they got a meeting with the main contractor, the Brazilian firm of Construtora OAS, Works Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan and Dr Carson Charles, president of the National Infrastructure Development Company (Nidco).