17 arrested including Abed Ali of PSC



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
17 arrested including Abed Ali of PSC

17 arrested including Abed Ali of PSC

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17 people including the driver Syed Abed Ali have been arrested in connection with the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) question leak.

Sources said that they were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police on Monday (July 8).

Among those detained are Syed Sohanur Rahman Siam, son of Syed Abed Ali, two Deputy Directors of PSC, an Assistant Director and two office assistants.

A senior officer of CID said that the operation is underway. No one will be exempted against whom information of affiliation is found. We have arrested 17 people so far.

He said that PSC Deputy Directors Md. Abu Jafar and Md. Jahangir Alam, Assistant Director. Alamgir Kabir, Office Assistant Khalilur Rahman and Office Assistant (Despatch) Sajedul Islam.

Apart from this, there is former army member Noman Siddiqui, former student of DU and Chhatra League politician and currently Mirpur businessman Abu Solaiman Md. Sohel, auditor Priyanath Roy, businessman Zahidul Islam, security guard of Narayanganj passport office Shahadat Hossain working in Dhaka's immigration and passport office. Mamunur Rashid, Medical Technician of Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital. Niamul Hasan, businessman brothers Sakhawat Hossain and Sayem Hossain and unemployed youth Liton Sarkar.

Syed Abed Ali, the driver of the former chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), came to the discussion for his involvement in the BCS question leak incident. At the same time, his son Syed Sohanur Rahman Siam came to the discussion.

Syed Abed Ali and his son Syed Sohanur Rahman are quite common on social media Facebook. Syed Abed Ali has also been nominated as a candidate in Dasar upazila election of Madaripur. Looking at the photos of their lives and various programs on Facebook, it is difficult to imagine that he was the driver of the former chairman of PSC. It is now clear to everyone how a mere driver became the owner of so much wealth and money.

It is learned that the driver of the former PSC chairman owns a duplex house and a three-star hotel in Kuakata. In a post on his Facebook profile about this hotel, he wrote, 'I laid the foundation stone of our new hotel today. Hotel San Marina, Kuakata. A stay for yourself on the banks of Samudrakanyar for life.'

His son Syed Sohanur Rahman Siam was the founding vice-president of Dasar Upazila Committee of Chhatra League. In addition, he is currently the Secretary for Relief and Disaster Management of Dhaka North Branch Chhatra League. He is seen involved in various social service activities on Facebook. It is also seen that he is living a luxurious life. 

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

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



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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

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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