Gaibandha Jail authority accused of stripping and torturing female prisoners



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Gaibandha
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Inside the Gaibandha District Jail, a female inmate was allegedly tortured by a prison guard after she stripped another woman of her clothes and tied her hands and feet for 'seeing illegal activities'. In order to keep the incident a secret, threats of death and disgrace are being given. The incident is being investigated after the complaint.

The victim is an under trail prisoner (UTP), 34 of Chou Pukuria village of Birganj upazila of Dinajpur district. She has been in Gaibandha jail for almost 5 years in a drug case.

Describing the horrific incident inside the Gaibandha District Jail, the mother of the victim utp has filed a written complaint with the Deputy Commissioner of Gaibandha to take better medical care, necessary measures to save life and dignity and to take legal action against the torturers. A copy of that complaint has been received by Barta24.com.

The accused in the incident are Gaibandha Jail Chief Warden (Subedar) Ashraful Islam and female inmate Meghla Khatun. Apart from this, the other accused are female prisoners Rehena and Alefah. Prison guards Tahmina, Shabana, CID Anees and Habildar Mustafa.

In the complaint given to the Deputy Commissioner on April 16, it is mentioned that UTP (34) has been in Gaibandha District Jail for almost 5 years in a case. A few days ago, during his stay in the jail, Subedar Ashraful Islam, who was working in Gaibandha District Jail, "saw illegal activities" between another female inmate. Because of this, Subedar Ashraful and the female inmate became angry with the victim and if she told anyone about the incident, they started showing fear and threats that she would be killed by suicide or died of heart attack inside the prison. It is alleged that the victim UTP repeatedly told them (Subedar Ashraful and the female inmate) not to tell anyone about the incident, but Subedar Ashraful and the female inmate were allegedly mentally torturing the victim in various ways inside the jail.

Apart from this, Subedar Ashraful tried to molest the victim several times by pulling her hands and her clothes, teasing her with bad proposals on different dates and times to hold her hostage. After failing to fulfill the wishes of Subedar Ashraful despite various temptations, her associates called the victim UTP’s husband to Gaibandha Jail. It is mentioned in the complaint that the accused broke up the family of the victim UTP by giving false and offensive information against her.

When the victim Hajti informed the Jail Superintendent about these incidents, Subedar Ashraful claimed that the Jailer is his man, he (Subedar) has transferred the Jailer to this jail by spending his own money. The district showed intimidation and threats claiming that he (Subedar) could not be prosecuted. At one point in the afternoon of March 20 this year, under the leadership of Subedar Ashraful, women prisoners Meghla Khatun, Rehena, Alefah and prison guards Tahmina and Sabana systematically beat Seema with sticks on her head, waist, chest, back, knees of both legs and other parts of her body in the inner balcony of the women's unit of the district jail. . Female inmate Meghla allegedly bit the victim's right arm and tore off the flesh.

Not only that, Subedar Ashraful, CID Anis and Habildar Mostafa gong entered the women's unit of the jail, dragged the victim out from the balcony of the women's unit, took her inside the cell, put on handcuffs and tied both her legs with a rope and stripped her naked with a stick on the sensitive parts of her body (two thighs). ), began to beat on the feet. At that time, the torturers threatened once again that if any of these incidents were revealed outside the prison, the victim UTP would be beaten to death and claimed to have died of a heart attack.

The complaint also mentioned that the mother of the victim UTP went to Gaibandha Jail several times to meet her daughter but was not allowed to meet her daughter. Finally, when the victim went to the court on the date of court appearance, the mother met the daughter. On that day, the victim UTP gave a harrowing account of the incident to the mother and showed the marks of injuries on various parts of the body.

When asked about these allegations, Ashraful Islam, the alleged chief Warden of Gaibandha District Jail, told Barta24.com on mobile phone, "I am not involved in the matter." I don't know why my name is coming up. The incident was a month ago. He claimed that the incident was during the duty of Mustafa, another chief Warden here. But I don't know why my name is there.

Barta24.com could not get his statement even though the current prison guard mentioned the name of the previous chief prison guard, Mustafa.

When asked about the complaint, the other accused female prison guard Tahmina Akhtar told Barta24.com on mobile phone that the complaint is completely false. Allegations have been made stating the opposite of what happened that day. At that time, he claimed that this prisoner made these false allegations with the help of a female prison guard named Arefin and her husband.

Besides, this prisoner is accused in several cases and in most cases there are several complaints and cases against him for raising hands on the administration. Jailer Tahmina also claimed that a woman named Shabana raised her hand on the Jailer on the day of the incident.

Javed Mehdi, Jail superintendent of Gaibandha prison, told Barta24.com that the ADM came to investigate yesterday. A report is being prepared against everyone involved in the incident.

In response to a question, he said that a matter has arisen between the parties and the opposition regarding the inside of the prison which cannot be said over the phone. However, action is being taken against everyone involved in the incident.

Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Md. Moshiur Rahman told Barta24.com that I investigated the matter after receiving the complaint. I will submit the investigation report to the Deputy Commissioner very soon. After that, the District Administration will take necessary action against those involved.

   

Abductors go around in the guise of Uber drivers, pick up young women and demand ransom after rape



Al Amin Raju, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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A group of kidnappers, posing as drivers for the app-based ride-share Uber, roamed around the capital. If they see a girl or a young woman walking alone on the road, they block the road and pick her up in the car. After that gang rape and extortion of ransom took place.

Recently, in front of Souchna Community Center of Mohammadpur police station in the capital, on her way back to the rickshaw yoga, a teenage girl was threatened and taken to a private car, raped at gunpoint and demanded ransom. In this incident, the mother of the victim girl filed a case in Mohammadpur police station. Allegations of kidnapping, rape and extortion of ransom have been made in the case.

According to the complaint source, the victim is Tuli Akhtar (pseudonym) age 14 years. She lives in the Taj Mahal Road area of Mohammadpur of the capital. Tuli, an eighth grade student of a local school, left for school on the morning of May 11. Then near Shyamoli park she met a friend in the park. From there, she was returning home by rickshaw around 11:30. As soon as the rickshaw came in front of Suchna Community Center on Ring Road of Mohammadpur Police Station, a man stopped it. Then forcibly took her in a private car from the rickshaw. Later, they took the girl to a secluded road in the area of her house and gang-raped her at gunpoint. Then the kidnappers dropped the girl in front of the house. Before that they extorted money from mother and friend through mobile banking by threatening to kidnap and harm Tuli. In this incident, on May 14, Tuli's mother filed a case against unknown persons as plaintiff.

After the case in this sensational incident, the Thana police started an investigation to catch those involved. Two persons involved in the incident were identified with the help of information technology and analysis of CCTV footage of the incident site and surrounding area. Later, on May 18, raids were conducted in Madhya Badda and Narayanganj's Rupganj areas and they were arrested. The arrested are- master mind Nazmul Hasan Shanto (30) and Shahid Mia (48).

Confirming the matter, Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Mohammadpur Zone of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Mizanur Rahman said that Nazmul Hasan Shanto (30) and Shahid Mia (48) have been arrested in connection with the abduction of a teenage girl from the street, followed by rape and extortion of ransom. The private car used in the kidnapping has been seized. The owner of the car is an advocate. Shanto drives the car on rent from him.

He also said that this organized gang led by Shanto had been abducting, gang-raping and extorting ransom in Dhaka for a long time. In the last one year Shanto's mobile banking transaction information has been found to be about Tk.14 lakh. It is believed that the money was brought into the development by blackmailing victims of similar crimes. But they used to throw away the SIM used for communication after the incident.

Sub-inspector Anik Bhakta of Mohammadpur police station is investigating the case. When asked about the gang, he said that three days after the incident, the victim's family filed a case with the police station. After investigating the case, Shanto, the mastermind of the gang, was first arrested from Madhya Badda. Later, based on the information given by him, Shohid was arrested from Rupganj of Narayanganj. They did not stay in one house for long.

SI Anik also said that a white Probox model owned by a lawyer was driven by Uber on a 50/50 share basis. Besides, Shanto used to bring the lawyer to the court. And the rest of the time he drives in Uber. Under the guise of driving this car, Shanto and his accomplices have been committing crimes like kidnapping, raping and extorting young women. According to the police, Shanto's accomplice Shohid fixed the target. If he saw a girl walking alone, he would tell Shanto. After that, the two of them used to rape and extort ransom.

SI Anik also said that the information of six cases filed against Shanto in different police stations of DMP has been obtained. Three of them are related to kidnapping and extortion. The remaining three are in cases of kidnapping and gang rape. The court granted a one-day remand to question her about this serial abduction and gang-rape. Shanto is currently in prison. Within two days, he will be brought to the police station for questioning.

On this side, talking to several officials of Mohammadpur police station, it is known that he used to abduct calm girls in the car in the guise of an Uber driver. Later he used to rape inside the car. Before releasing the family, the victim was threatened with harm and extorted the ransom through mobile banking. Apart from Mohammadpur, Shanto initially admitted that several similar incidents happened in Dhanmondi and Mirpur areas. A number of victims have been traced through Shanto's mobile phone and mobile banking information. But since the incident happened a long time ago, many victims do not want to file a new case.

On the condition of anonymity, the officials also said that Shanto’s yarget is mainly young teenagers and young women who came out of Park and various residential hotels. They mainly engage in various immoral activities without the knowledge of the family. As a result, Shanto used this weakness to intimidate them and kidnap them. After that, Shanto and his accomplices used to rape and extort ransom while sitting on the street.

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Still not sure about MP Anar's death: IGP



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Bangladesh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun said that we have heard the news of the recovery of the body of Member of Parliament of Jhenaidah-4 Anwarul Azim Anar. Kolkata Police and Bangladesh Police are working together. But still we have not received confirmation from the Indian government. So it is not time to comment on MP Anar’s death until it is confirmed.

On Wednesday (May 22), the IGP said everything in response to a question from reporters at the Buddha Vihara ceremony in Merul's Badda area of the capital.

IGP said, we have received information that the body of a Member of Parliament of Jhenaidah- 4 Constituency Anar has been found. However, it is not official information of that country. Kolkata Police and Bangladesh Police are working together in this regard. We will inform you when this information is officially confirmed.

In response to a question, he further said that the Indian police are working on this matter. We have been working on various issues since the disappearance of this Member of Parliament for the past few days.

There are various charges against Sangsad Anar including hundi, gold smuggling. In response to such questions, the IGP said that now is not the time to comment on these matters. However, we are investigating these allegations.

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Gautam Buddha's messages are indispensable in today's war-torn world: Minister of Religion



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In today's war-torn world, the words of Gautama Buddha are essential, said the Minister of Religion Md. Faridul Haque Khan.

He made this comment while participating in the 2567 Buddha year peace procession and harmony festival in front of Shahbag National Museum on Wednesday (May 22).

Faridul Haque Khan said, Bangabandhu has talked about non-communal Bangladesh in our constitution. There is no chance for us to do anything against it.

The religion minister said Gautama Buddha preached the message of non-violence and friendship. We always see the message of non-violence in Buddha's words. It helped to make the world happy and peaceful. All the religions of the world, regardless of caste, have spoken of living in peace.

He said, there has been remarkable development of Bangladesh in the last 15 years. Even ten years ago, when I went abroad, I used to wonder where Bangladesh is. We call on everyone to work to keep Bangladesh peaceful by learning from the non-violent words of Gautam Buddha.

Biplab Barua, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Office Secretary of Awami League, said that Gautam Buddha's words of peace and non-violence are applicable to all people around the world. Not only that but it also applies to all the animals on earth. Prime Minister and Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina is working for a peaceful country with people of all religions against the politics of division of Bangladesh.

Chaired by the President of Bangladesh Buddhist Cultural Council Professor Dr.Uttam Barua it was attended among others by Awami League executive committee member Nirmal Chatterjee.

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Body of missing MP Anar recovered from Kolkata



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The body of Anwarul Azim Anar MP of Jhenaidah-4, who mysteriously disappeared during his India visit, has been recovered from Kolkata, West Bengal.

His body was recovered from Sanjeeva Garden in Kolkata's posh Newtown area on Wednesday (May 22) morning.

Anwarul Azim was an Awami League MP from Jhenaidah-4 Constituency. He was elected Member of Parliament from Awami League three times in 2014, 2018 and 2024.

It is to be noted that on May 11, this MP went to India through Darshana land port for treatment. After that, he was in contact with the family and party leaders for two days. Since May 14, everyone lost contact with him.

His family went to the DB office in Dhaka last Sunday afternoon. It is learnt that Anwarul Azim went to India on Saturday for treatment purpose and also to attend the marriage ceremony of the daughter of one of his friends. Family sources said that they are trying to find out the location of the MP with the help of Kolkata or West Bengal police. However, his body was recovered from Sanjeeva Garden in Kolkata's Newtown area this morning.

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