BNP's movement will not be able to topple the A.League government'



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Rajshahi
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Bangladesh Awami League presidium member and re-elected mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton commented that BNP will not be able to topple the AL government with this movement.

He said this while addressing as the chief guest at the first session of Jatiya Sramik League, Rajshahi District and Metropolitan Tri-Annual Conference-2023 at Rajshahi Medical College Auditorium on Friday (September 22) afternoon.

Khairuzzaman Liton said that domestic and foreign conspiracies are underway to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government to resign. But Bangabandhu's daughter has a father's determination. We notice that she is overcoming one obstacle after another. No matter how much BNP says they will continue non-stop agitation after fifteen days, which they have been doing for the last 7 years, it is never going to succeed. But why are they still saying this, are they not ashamed? They should have understood that the government cannot be overthrown in this movement; at least the Awami League government cannot be overthrown. For that reason, do not hesitate in anyone, everyone will be awake, what should be done at the call of Sheikh Hasina.

He said that the government is trying to create a field to export more than 10 items instead of depending only on the export of the garment industry. At present, Bangladesh is also exporting medicines to the developed world. Bangladesh is building ships, maybe this sector is not big now, but Bangladesh will build many more big ships in the future. The Prime Minister has also given importance to the freelancing sector. Many freelancers have already been created in the country. Many people are earning dollars by freelancing in Rajshahi. Bangladesh has now become the 35th largest economy in the world. In this way, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dream is being realized by his most capable daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The inaugural president of the conference, Md Alauddin Mia, said that 70 percent of the people of the country think that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is a popular person; people want to see her in power again. To continue the trend of development, we express our determination to build a smart Bangladesh by winning the ‘boat’ symbol candidates of Awami League. All those who will come to the leadership in Rajshahi district and metropolis will work unitedly to bring Awami League to power. I want to tell Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir of BNP that there is no use in scaring Awami League. People of Bengal are now very aware. People of Bengal think that Sheikh Hasina government is needed again and again.

Before this, the conference was inaugurated by releasing pigeons. Jatiya Sramik League, Acting President of Rajshahi Metropolitan Alhaj Md. Wali Khan presided over the conference and the executive president of Jatiya Sramik League Md. Alauddin Mia opened the conference. Bangladesh Awami League health and population sub-committee member and Jubo Mahila League member Anika Fariha Zaman Arna spoke as the main speaker at the conference.

After the first session of the conference, the second session of Jatiya Sramik League, Rajshahi District and Metropolitan Committee announced the dissolution of the existing committee and formed a new committee.

In the second session, Mahabub Alam (GPO) was elected as the President of Jatiya Sramik League, Rajshahi Metropolis and General Secretary Akhtar Ali (Railway) was elected as General Secretary. Besides, Zahurul Islam and Salim Reza Bayrun, Rasheduzzaman Rashed as Joint General Secretary and Afzal Hossain as Organizing Secretary were announced in the conference. Khairuzzaman Liton announced the names of newly elected leaders.

Andalib Rahman Partha on 5 days remand



Special Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Chairman Andalib Rahman Partha has been placed on 5 days remand by the court in the case of attack on Setu Bhavan.

On Thursday (July 25) at noon, Detective Police (DB) produced Partha in the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court and applied for 10 days remand. After the hearing, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka Sultan Sohag Uddin granted 5 days remand.

Former Member of Parliament Andalib Rahman Partha was arrested from his house in Gulshan in the capital on Wednesday (July 24) around 1 pm in connection with the case of vandalism and arson of the Setu Bhavan in Mohakhali.

About 1,400 more people have been arrested in the operation of law enforcement forces across the country from last Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon. Among them, 641 people have been arrested in the capital Dhaka.

In this regard, the number of arrests in the last 8 days (17-24 July) across the country has reached about 4500. This information about the arrest has been known from different metropolitan, district and thana-police sources.

This arrest operation is going on in the cases of attacks, vandalism, clashes and arson in different parts of the country centered on the quota reform movement. 

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Patients are fleeing the hospital in fear of arrest



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Dhaka Medical College Hospital(DMCH)

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Over 200 injured patients are receiving treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital(DMCH) due to the violence surrounding the movement demanding reform of quota system in government jobs. However, fearing arrest, many are running away from the hospital without informing the authorities. As a result, there is no patient in the bed even though there is a name in the hospital register.

This information was known by visiting different wards of Dhaka Medical College Hospital from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday (July 25).

Relatives of the patients said that the police is collecting information about the injured patients who were shot in the violence. There is panic among patients and their relatives. Many are leaving the hospital.

Meanwhile, entry to each ward has also been strictly enforced. No one except the patient's relatives is allowed to enter the ward. The Ansar members in charge said that the authorities have instructions that no one except the patient's relatives will be allowed to enter.

Relatives of the patients went to Ward number 101 in disguise and found that at least 15 patients were receiving treatment due to gunshot wounds. Among them are several children and teenagers. Ariful Islam, a fourth grade student of Rampura Ideal School and son of Kamrul Islam, a resident of Ulon area of Rampur, is undergoing treatment on the floor of the ward. On his way back home after playing with his friends, he was shot in the right leg in Rampura area. Later, the locals rescued him and admitted him to the hospital.

Two people died today while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College after receiving serious injuries after being shot in the incident of violence in Rayerbagh and Narsingdi of the capital. They are construction worker Zakir Hossain (29), a resident of Rayerbagh area. He is the son of Abdul Mannan of Dasmina area of Patuakhali. On July 21, he was shot and admitted to DMCH. He died while undergoing treatment after 12 o'clock last night.

The son of Shahidul Islam of Nandail area of Mymensingh died on Wednesday morning night. Zaman (17) was admitted to DMCH on July 21 after being shot in the incident of violence in Narsingdi. Zaman, a garment worker by profession, has multiple bullet marks on his body.

When asked about admission and death in DMCH, Director of(DMCH) Brigadier General Md. Asaduzzaman said, 278 people have been admitted in various wards of DMCH so far. The death toll in the last few days is 79.

When asked about the professional identity of the injured and the dead, he said, such information cannot be given now. We are now working to serve patients.

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Three coordinators were found



News Desk, Barta24.com
Three coordinators were found

Three coordinators were found

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Asif Mahmud, Abu Bakr Mazumder and Rifat Rashid, three of the coordinators of the quota reform movement in government jobs, have been traced. They were missing since Friday (July 19). Finally, on Wednesday (July 24), all three gave their whereabouts on social media.

Asif Mahmud wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, "I was picked up from the metropolitan residential area of Hatirjheel on July 19 at 11 pm. He was forced to announce the suspension of the movement. As he disobeyed he was  rendered senseless by injection. In these four-five days, as often as he regains consciousness, he is kept senseless by injections. Today Wednesday at 11 o'clock he was left blindfolded again at the same place. Now I am in the hospital with my family. I am trying to know what happened in these few days. I will tell the details about the movement after talking to the coordinators when I am a bit healthy.

In another Facebook post, Baker Majumdar wrote, 'I was picked up from Dhanmondi after the evening of 19 July and when I refused to give a statement to stop the movement, they locked me in a dark room. I was blindfolded in the area next to the area from which it was picked up. I am safe with my family now. I will tell you everything in detail after taking first aid.

On the other hand, in a Facebook post, Rifat Rashid said that he was in hiding. He wrote, 'I am alive, not dead. I narrowly escaped being lost. Following the decision of the coordinators, I went to the safe hiding following the life of this snake-ludu. Today's home is tomorrow's home. Every time I tried to connect the phone, I was subjected to phone tracking. I don't know how long I will be safe.'

Sarjis Alam, one of the coordinators of the movement, confirmed to the media that Asif and Baker were found. At the same time Rifat Rashid's father Delwar Hossain said that he has been in contact with his son. 

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As the evening approaches daughter’s face is viewed in Nazim's blurred eyes!



Raju Ahmed, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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On 19 July at 6:30 PM, Jatrabari. Although there were few clouds in the sky, the moment of sunset could be understood very clearly. There was a lull in the firing around for a few minutes amid the heightened situation of the Quota movement. Shoemaker Nazim wanted to take that opportunity. He was returning to Demra's house after work from Jatrabari in the capital for his frightened wife and one-and-a-half year old child.

Despite the sound of bullets, bombs and cocktails all around, he didn't have the courage to step forward thinking of the waiting daughter and wife. He was thinking of crossing the road and returning home by rickshaw.

A long line of quota activists was crossing the road in a hurry. Before realizing anything, the shooting started again. Nazim fell on the road after being shot in the waist, arms, legs and chest. At that time, the face of one and a half year old daughter Lamia came into view. At one point he lost consciousness. Later Nazim was rescued by the agitators in the hospital.

Nazim is currently under treatment in ward number 102 of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. On Tuesday (July 23) morning, he was telling this reporter the story of returning from the face of death in the hospital.

Nazim said, I work from morning till evening. Salary Tk. 460 per day. If you do overtime, you get up to Tk. 600. I could not return home at night because of the trouble. He did not care for his wife and child. I went out as soon as the sound of gunshots stopped. But not saved.

Nazim was unconscious after being shot. The last time he remembered the daughter's face, Nazim said with tears in his eyes, I thought I was dead. When I regained consciousness, I saw my wife crying at the hospital. But I had no feeling in any part of my body. I didn't understand whether I was alive or dead

Nazim said, there are old parents in the village house of Narsingdi. Sending money every week keeps their mouths fed. But Nazim has no way to save himself in such a situation. On the one hand, his life is at risk if he doesn't get better treatment, on the other hand, if he doesn't send money, his parents won't have enough food. The family will be destroyed in front of the eyes in the heat of the movement.

Nazim was shot in the waist, arms, legs and chest. The doctor said that several parts of the body including two fingers may have to be removed. Nazim may not be able to escape from the cruel future even if he can escape from death.

Nazim said in a hoarse voice, "What will happen to the daughter, what will happen to my family?" However, despite the risk of death, fear and despair, the hard-working Nazim did not lose heart. He wants to recover from the bullet wound. He wants to save himself and his family.

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