4 members of MP’s Ruhel’s ‘juvenile gang’ arrested



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The police have arrested 4 members of the juvenile gang led by Mahbubur Rahman Ruhel, son of Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Member of Parliament of Mirsarai, Chattogram.

They were arrested from Sadhur Bazar area of Moghadia Union No. 11 of the upazila on Monday (September 17) noon. They have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a schoolgirl and threatening to kill her parents, police said.

The arrested persons are - No. 11 Moghadiya Union Chhatra League co-editor Sajjad Hossain Sagar, the same union Chhatra League's mass education affairs secretary Shamsuddin Prakash Bullet Salman, Chhatra League workers Emran Hossain Badsha Prakash Shubo and Sajjad Hossain Sagar. All of them are said to be followers of No. 11 Moghadiya Union Chairman Jahangir Hossain Master and local MP son Ruhel. Pictures of Jahangir Hossain Master and Ruhel have been used in their Facebook profile. Images of these two leaders holding various programs are always seen on social media.

At an early age, they began to lead reckless lives in pursuit of political power. They are also involved in yaba and drug trade, motorcycle theft, cow lifting, robbery and robbery in the area. Scenes of them consuming yaba have also gone viral on social media. There are about 10,000 members of this ‘juvenile gang’ across Mirsarai upazila. This huge gang under the leadership of Musharraf's son has made the entire upazila a haven of drug trade and crime from the umbrella of Chhatra League.

A 7th grade schoolgirl of that area stopped going to school for the last 4 months due to sexual harassment and harassment by 8 members of Union Branch No. 11 of Kishore Gang. Based on the complaint of the schoolgirl's father, Mirsarai police arrested them and sent them to jail through the court. They got even angrier on bail and went to the house of the schoolgirl to pressurize her to withdraw the case. Belayet Hossain, the schoolgirl's father, lodged a complaint with the police station again.

Akalima Begum, the mother of the schoolgirl, took her daughter to school on Monday with the help of upazila administration, police station administration and school authorities. On the way back home from there, the youth gang members blocked Akalima Begum's way with sharp weapons and threatened to kill her and kidnap her and gang rape her. At the time, they said that they know that currently, bail is granted in one month in murder cases. So the case should be withdrawn in time.

When the matter came to the attention of the school authorities, they reported to the police station and the police conducted an immediate raid on the spot and arrested 4 juvenile gang members and brought them to the police station. MP’s son Mahbubur Rahman Ruhel and 11th UP Chairman Jahangir Hossain Master sent their two representatives to OC Kabir Hossain to remove the youth gang members from the police station, Ruhel's PS Habib Khan, chairman's personal peon Jabbar Ali and local activists. Meanwhile, Habib Khan told OC Kabir Hossain about Ruhel on his personal mobile phone. But OC Kabir Hossain expressed his inability to release them as the matter became complicated and local newsmen were present. Later, the schoolgirl's father, Belayet Hossain's GD, filed a regular case and sent the corrupt juvenile gang members to court.

When asked about the cultivation of juvenile gangs, No. 11 Moghadiya UP Chairman Jahangir Hossain Master said that many people follow him as a public representative. Those arrested from that direction are his followers. But I do not support any of their misdeeds.

Internet Shutdown in the Country, BTV Fire, Death Toll Rises



BTV set ablaze in deadly protests, death toll rises

BTV set ablaze in deadly protests, death toll rises

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The latest updates on the quota reform movement have become challenging to obtain and share due to restricted or disconnected internet access across the country, including Dhaka. Internet-based calls to Bangladesh from various parts of the world are also impossible. This information has been reported by various international media outlets.

Recent reports indicate that the death toll in the quota movement has reached 18, with six fatalities occurring on Thursday. However, the actual number may be higher, as unverified reports on social media suggest the death toll could be as high as 35. No official confirmation has been provided.

In addition, several international media outlets reported that protesters set fire to the BTV (Bangladesh Television) building on Thursday evening.

Since Thursday evening, there have been reports of an internet shutdown in Dhaka. Before the shutdown, updates on Facebook indicated that protesters had set fire to the BTV building, with images circulating on social media. There were also reports and pictures of a metro train set ablaze.

A post on BTV's official Facebook page stated that several people were trapped inside the building. Initially, it was reported that the fire brigade was not allowed to access the site, but later updates confirmed that firefighters had arrived. BTV's broadcast had already been halted by that time.

Various sources have reported different death tolls. AFP stated that 32 people have died, most of them on Thursday.

Among the dead were at least two journalists, one from Dhaka Times who died in the capital and another killed in an attack in Gazipur. The Gazipur incident has not been confirmed.

Media reports also mentioned that protesters set fire to a police station before targeting the BTV building. The BBC quoted Information Minister Mohammad Ali Arafat, who said that some people were trapped inside the BTV building and were not safe.

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Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Appeal hearing on quota on Sunday

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The hearing of the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on quota will be held next Sunday (July 21).

The special chamber court passed the order on Thursday (July 18) evening.

Earlier, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin said that he will apply to the Appellate Division for a leave to appeal hearing against the High Court verdict on quota.

In the afternoon, Law Minister Anisul Haque said, "The Prime Minister said to take measures to bring forward the hearing of the case which was supposed to be heard on August 7, 2024." I have instructed the Attorney General of Bangladesh to apply to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh next Sunday so that they bring forward the hearing date of the case. 

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The fire has spread in BTV, many people are trapped inside



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
Photo: The fire has spread to BTV

Photo: The fire has spread to BTV

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The fire at the Bangladesh Television (BTV) building in the capital's Rampura is spreading. Many are trapped inside the building.

This was announced by a post on the official Facebook page of Bangladesh Television at 6:39 PM on Thursday (July 18).

The post reads, 'Horrible fire at BTV. Spreading rapidly. Many are trapped inside. In this situation, quick cooperation of fire service is requested.

On Thursday (July 18) around 3 pm, the agitators attacked the office of Bangladesh Television (BTV) and vandalized it extensively. At that time, they brought out the motorcycles in the building and set them on fire.

It has been seen that practically all types of traffic have been stopped in Rampura area. The police box located next to the office of the BTV building was set on fire. At least 15 to 20 motorcycles of the sergeants were burnt. One by one, patrolling teams of law enforcement forces are patrolling through helicopters.

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Freedom fighters cannot bow down to evil forces: Liberation War Minister



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Photo: Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque

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Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said that there are crores of people who are in favor of the liberation war, they can never bow down to the evil forces, they cannot compromise.

He said this while speaking as the chief guest at a rally organized by Freedom Fighters Workers-Employees-Professionals Coordinating Council on Thursday (July 18).

He said, those who want to fish in muddy water, those who have failed in all movements in the past and BNP Secretary General also said what we could not do now is being done. In other words, they are making an evil plot in front of our young children to oust Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from power.

Referring to the speech of the freedom fighters, the Minister said, "We submitted weapons under the leadership of Bangabandhu, but we did not submit training, we did not submit consciousness." There are crores of people in favor of the liberation war, they can never bow down to the evil forces, they cannot compromise. In 1971 this evil power was defeated. We will fight again if necessary as we defeated them 53 years ago.

Mentioning that we have no word against the anti-quota movement, he said, "We do not oppose it." Our only demand is that the safety of people's life and property should not be disturbed in the name of movement. The movement was going smoothly and was not hindered. The violence that the Jamaat-Shibir and Chhatra Dal terrorists entered Dhaka University in the dark of night and carried out was not in the hands of those who started the movement.

Stating that the movement has already been looted and passed into the hands of the anti-independence forces, AKM Mozammel Haque said that, the conflict and anarchy for the last three days are because they have left. What we see now.

Referring to the Prime Minister's speech yesterday, the Liberation War Minister said that not only the Bengali nation but the whole world appreciated it. Still, who did this terror, vandalism, arson today.

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