Atiq does not want to remember the days of hostage life anymore



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'Our hostage days were not good, we don't want to remember these days anymore. Everyone was waiting for this day. It's even better to see everyone together. People from all over Bangladesh prayed for us. Our gratitude to everyone, nothing more to say. Thanks to everyone who worked on this release. Special thanks to our company KSRM, the government and the media authorities of the whole of Bangladesh who prayed for us.

On Tuesday (May 14) at 4 pm, the lighter ship owned by KSRM came to Chattogram port MV Jahan Moni-3 and Atiqulla Khan said these words to Berta24.com.

After that, when he stepped on the ground from the ship, he first hugged his two daughters to his chest. When asked about his feelings, Atiqullah Khan said, 'I feel very good, which cannot be expressed. The feeling that people get when they get a second life that feeling is working now. A big point of pride was when I ran Facebook on a ship hiding from pirates. I used to see that the people of all Bangladesh were praying for us. That boosted our morale a lot. We consoled ourselves by thinking that there are people from all over Bangladesh with our family.'


When asked how much he was worried about his life as a hostage, he said, 'There was not much uncertainty. We already knew that our company had experienced such a pirate attack on a ship before. At that time the sailors were rescued by the company. From that experience, we had a hope that the company would outdo us. We had this trust. But there was an uncertainty about when to return home. Still, with the efforts and prayers of all, we were freed in just one month by the grace of Allah. But I did not expect to be able to return so soon.'

Chief Officer Atiqullah Khan said while highlighting the hostage situation, 'We heard the name of AK-47, or saw it on TV but never seen it directly. As a hostage, I saw that an AK-47 on the ship was looking at me. The situation must have been much more dire. At that time we prayed in our hearts, were patient and trusted in Allah. Thus passed the days of the ship. It was very scary. We are used to seeing these things. The pirates also brought many large machine guns. But sometimes when they fired, many of us woke up. There was a lot of fear at that time.

Atiqullah, holding two little girls in his arms, said, 'My two daughters hugged me first when they saw me. They are both very happy. If I had gone to the ship even earlier, since then they - say when father will come. Not everyone could come here, many family members are waiting at home. We are also looking forward to them.'

Meanwhile, Atiqullah's two daughters are happy to have their father near them after a long time. Eldest daughter Yashra Fatema says, 'I feel very good to have a father. Our exam is coming from the 23rd. After the exam, I will go for a tour with my father. I could not travel much during Eid. I will take my father now.'

Lighter ship MV Jahan Moni-3 arrived at NCT-1 Jetty of Chattogram port at 4 pm on this day with 23 sailors. Several hours before this, hundreds of people, including relatives of the sailors, gathered at the port jetty to catch a glimpse of the sailors.

On Tuesday at 11:40 am, MV Jahan Moni-3 left Kutubdia for Chattogram port with 23 sailors. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the long two-month wait ended. In the midst of this, the seamen's welcome festival begins. A few minutes before the red-colored ship arrived at the port, the sailors waved from afar and said, we have come! Meanwhile, everyone including relatives on the jetty welcomed them with raised hands. Then 23 sailors came down from the ship one by one at 4:18. Chattogram Port Authority welcomed the sailors. The family members of the sailors were already waiting there. A joyful atmosphere is created in the jetty area by meeting the sailors.

Earlier on Monday (May 13) at 6 pm, MV Abdullah anchored in Bay of Bengal's Kutubdia Channel with 23 sailors.

The 23 sailors who were on MV Abdullah:

Master of the ship Mohammad Abdur Rashid, Chief Officer Atiqullah Khan, Second Officer Mozaherul Islam Chowdhury, Third Officer N Mohammad Tarekul Islam, Deck Cadet Md Sabbir Hossain, Chief Engineer ASM Saiduzzaman, Second Engineer Md. Taufiqul Islam, third engineer Rokanuddin, Fourth Engineer Tanveer Ahmed, Engine Cadet Ayub Khan, Electrician Ibrahim Khalilullah, Mohammad Anwarul Haque, Md. Asifur Rahman, Md. Sajjad Hossain, Jai Mahmud, Nazmul Haque, Ainul Haque of Oiler, Mohammad Shamsuddin, Md. Ali Hossain, Fireman Mosharraf Hossain Shakeel, Chief Cook Md. Shafiqul Islam, Mohammad Noor Uddin and Fitter Mohammad Saleh Ahmad.

Earlier on March 12, the Bangladeshi ship MV Abdullah was captured by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean on its way to the United Arab Emirates from Maputo port in Mozambique. The ship, owned by Chattogram-based industrial group KSRM, was held hostage by pirates for 32 days. Then on April 14, the pirates got off the ship after getting the ransom.

   

RAB to investigate death of woman in Kishoreganj: Spokesperson



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After the arrest of a woman in a case in Bhairab of Kishoreganj, an investigation will be conducted into the death in RAB custody, said Commander Arafat Islam, Director of Law and Media Wing of RAB.

He said RAB will go through legal process. Besides, the actual cause of death will be known through medical examination.

Commander Arafat said this in response to a question from journalists at a press conference held at RAB's media center in the capital's Karwan Bazar on Saturday (May 18) evening.

When asked about the complaint of detention of the woman who died in RAB custody from the police station, he said that a case was filed under the Women and Child Repression Prevention Act in Mymensingh on May 13. As a result, two accused in the case were arrested. After arrest, she was taken to a camp to be brought under the law. If a person feels ill there, they are taken to the local health complex. There the doctor declared her dead.

It is known that about a year and a half ago, Azizul Islam's son Taijul Islam got married to Hasim Uddin's daughter Rekha of Bheramari village in Bhairab. After the marriage, there was a family dispute between them. Rekha died on April 26. It is alleged that he died due to torture by his in-laws. On May 2, Rekha's mother filed a case against Azizul Islam along with her son and wife in Mymensingh's Women and Child Repression Prevention Special Tribunal. After hearing the case, the judge directed Sub- Inspector Nazmul Islam of Nandail Police Station to register the case and investigate. Then the case was registered in Nandaile police station on May 13.

Bhairab RAB camp members went to Nandaile police station around 9 pm on Thursday and summoned Suraiya Khatun, Azizul Islam and Taijul Islam through the police. After that Azizul Islam was released and the other two were arrested and brought to Bhairav camp late at night. RAB members took Suraiya dead to Bhairab Upazila Health Complex on Friday morning.

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Female under trial prisoner died in Kashimpur Central Jail



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A female inmate of Kashimpur Women's Central Jail in Gazipur died while undergoing treatment. The deceased is Amina Begum (40), daughter of Rumel Hossain of Matukpur village of Domar police station in Nilphamari. Her Jail No. 394/24.

She died on Saturday (May 18) around 2.30 pm while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

According to prison sources, Amina Begum, a prisoner in the women's prison, suddenly had chest pain. Later she was immediately sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital in Gazipur from the jail. When she was taken to the hospital, the doctor on duty declared her dead around 2.30 pm after the examination.

Jail Superintendent Shahjahan Mia of Kashimpur Women's Central Jail said that Amina was sent to the hospital when she developed chest pain. After being taken to the hospital, doctors declared her dead. Her family has been informed. The body will be handed over to the family as per jail rules

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7 people died in three districts due to lightning



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Seven people died due to lightning in three districts. Four people died in Narsingdi, two in Tangail and one in Gazipur due to rain and lightning from morning to noon on Saturday (May 18). The news were sent by the district correspondents of Barta24.Com...

Narsingdi

Four people, including a mother and son, died in a separate incident of lightning in Narsingdi.

This incident took place in the Char area of Alokbali Uttarpara and Hajipur suburb of Sadar Upazila around 10 am on Saturday (April 18).

The deceased are Sharifa Begum (50), wife of Kamal Mia of Alokbali Uttarpara, her son Iqbal Hossain (12) and Qayyum Mia (22), son of Karam Ali. A person named Kamal Mia was seriously injured in this incident. All of them are residents of Alokbali Uttarpara.

Besides, a person named Moslehuddin (50) died in Chakpara of Hajipur Union of Sadar Upazila.

Gazipur

A housewife named Fatema Akhter (45) died due to lightning while she was drying paddy in Gazipur's Sreepur.

The incident took place on Saturday (May 18) around 11 am in the Galdapara area of Kawraid Union of the upazila. The deceased housewife is the wife of Md. Noor Hossain, a resident of that area.

Tangail

Two brothers were killed by lightning while cutting paddy in Tangail's Kalihati.

The incident took place on Saturday (18 May) at around 9 am in Nowabari village of Bir Bashayan Union of the upazila.

The deceased are Afzal Hossain and Amir Hossain. They are residents of Chakradharpur village of Pirganj upazila of Dinajpur district. The deceased was his cousin.

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No registered Hajj pilgrim will miss Hajj



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Director of Bangladesh Hajj Office Muhammad Kamruzzaman is hopeful that no registered pilgrim will be deprived of Hajj.

Hajj pilgrims without visas are in a state of uncertainty. However, Director of Bangladesh Hajj Office Muhammad Kamruzzaman told Barta24.com, "I am hopeful that everyone registered in the current Hajj season will get a visa." A few agencies are having complications with Hajj pilgrims, half of which have already been resolved. The rest of the work is in the process of being solved.

The Holy Hajj can be performed on June 16 subject to sighting of the moon in the month of Zilhaj. The Hajj flight which started from Bangladesh on May 9 will end on June 10. During this period, 85 thousand 117 people will go to Saudi Arabia for Hajj with guides under government and private management. So far 28 thousand 4 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia. 82 thousand 100 visas have been issued. Still 3 thousand 336 people registered privately have not got their visas.

It is reported that Worldlink Tours and Travels (license 570, number of passengers 286), Ansari Overseas (license 601, number of passengers 260), Al Risan Travel Agency (license 672, number of passengers 444), Miqat Tour and Travels (License 1025, number of passengers 375), North Bengal Hajj Travels and Tours (License 1086, number of passengers 260), Holy Darun Najat Haj Overseas (license 1462, number of passengers 250) was mourned by the Ministry of Religious Affairs. 1 thousand 875 people are expected to go for Hajj this year through these agencies.

And Al Risan Travels Agency's registered Hajj pilgrims have not been issued a visa on Thursday (May 16), Ministry of Religious Affairs has written to the Home Ministry to bar the agency's managing director Md. Abdus Salam Mia going outside the country and legal action will be taken against him.

M Shahadat Hossain Taslim, president of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), an organization of Hajj agency owners, told Barta24.com, "We sat down with the owners of the accused agencies, including Al Risan Travels Agency, and discussed the problem point by point and tried to solve it." Already the visa process for Haj pilgrims of Holi Darun Najat Haj Overseas, Worldlink Tours and Travels and Miqat Tours and Travels has started. It will happen to others. He also expressed hope that no registered pilgrim would be deprived of performing Hajj.

When asked the reason for being so optimistic, the HAAb President said that the agencies have sent the amount of money needed to be sent to Saudi Arabia for Hajj management. And as many problems as there are, hopefully they can be solved.

If you want to know about this, the managing director of Al Risan Travels Agency Limited Abdus Salam Miah told Barta24.com, "I have not sent anyone for Hajj this time. Mufti Lutfar Rahman Farooqui of Akbar Hajj Group is sending 448 Hajj pilgrims using my license due to problems with his license. Mufti Lutfar Rahman spoke on the phone from Saudi in a meeting with the HAAb President about the current problem, he assured; Nowadays 20 to 30 people will get visas. And by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, everyone's visa will be done. He has rented a house in Madinah, a house in Makkah is also about to be rented.

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