PSC question leak for a decade, Abed caught in railway question and others



Al-Amin Raju, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
PSC question leak for a decade, Abed caught in railway question and others

PSC question leak for a decade, Abed caught in railway question and others

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Three officers and a few employees including drivers of Bangladesh Public Service Commission(BPSC)were involved in the cheating of 30 recruitment exams in the last 12 years, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS), an important examination for entry into high-ranking government jobs.

On whose shoulders was the responsibility of fulfilling the dreams of lakhs of job aspirants of the country, those protectors took on the role of devourers? Deputy Directors of BPSC Abu Zafar, Md. Jahangir Alam and Assistant Director Alamgir Kabir  questioned one of the institutions trusted by the people of the country to earn money illegally. PSC office assistant Khalilur Rahman and dispatch writer Sajedul Islam did the rest of the work for them.

Syed Abed Ali, the driver of the former chairman of PSC, was involved in cash transactions and recruitment of job candidates. PSC's former assistant director Nikhil Chandra Roy also remains involved in the question leak.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) filed a case at Paltan police station after arresting 17 people including three senior officers of BPSC following media coverage of at least 30 exams held under PSC including BCS.

According to CID, members of this gang used to steal huge amount of money by leaking the question paper whenever PSC recruitment exam came. They leaked the question paper of Railway Sub-Assistant Engineer recruitment exam held on July 5. The members of the circle kept the question papers and their answers at the homes of their contracted students the night before the exam. Many more names have come forward in the investigation so far. Some high profile names have also been found. That information is being verified. All those involved will be brought under the law, CID said.

Sub-Inspector of Police(SI) Nippon Chandra Chand of Cyber Investigation and Operations Department of CID's Cyber Police Center filed a case under the Public Service Commission Act at Paltan Police Station in the capital on Monday (July 8) night. Names of 31 people and 50/60 unknown people have been accused in that case. Among them, 17 accused were arrested and handed over to the court on Tuesday (July 9).

Identity and occupation of the arrested

Syed Abed Ali (52) has been made accused number 1 in the case. His profession is rent-a-car. However, he was working as the driver of the former chairman of PSC for a long time.

Accused number 2 in the case is Noman Siddique (44). Noman, a resident of Laxmipur Ramgati, lived in the capital's Mirpur-10 Senpara Parbat area. His workplace is a garment factory.

Accused number 3 Khalilur Rahman (38). He is the Dispatch Writer of PSC. Accused number 4 Sajedul Islam (41). He is the office assistant of PSC. Accused No. 5 Mirpur ECB Square developer businessman Abu Soleman Sohail (35).

Accused number 6 in the case is PSC Deputy Director (Sylhet) Jahangir Alam (58). Accused number 7 is PSC Assistant Director SM Alamgir Kabir (49). Accused number 8 is Auditor Priyanath Roy (51) of Gazipur cantonment. Accused number 9 is Zahidul Islam (27) of Mirpur. Accused No. 10 Deputy Director of PSC. Abu Jafar (57).

Besides, the rest of the accused are Narayanganj passport office security guard 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, Daffodil University student Liton Sarkar and Syed Sohanur Rahman Siam, son of Syed Abed Ali.

Those who are still on the run

The former assistant director of PSC Nikhil Chandra Roy, Shariful Islam Bhuiyan, Deepak Banik, Khorshed Alam Khokon, Kazi Md. Suman, AKM Golam Parvez, Mehdi Hasan Khan, Golam Hamidur Rahman, Muha. Mizanur Rahman, Atiqul Islam, ATM Mustafa, Mahfuz Kalu, Aslam and Kaushik Debnath have been shown as fugitives in the case.

According to CID, on the basis of secret information during regular cyber monitoring on July 6, CID got to know the exact question paper of railway sub -assistant engineer (non-cadre) recruitment exam organized by PSC on July 5 through the arrest of 17 accused and the absconding accused along with 50/60 other accused. Leaked. A syndicated circle distributes questions and answers to candidates for money before the scheduled examination time.

How the CID operation started

With the help of intelligence and technology, the CID got information about the location of various places in the city of Dhaka, including Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Motijheel, Bashundhara. Later, with the permission of higher authorities, the CID conducted a multi-team operation to take legal action against the question-leaking gang members. With the help of information technology, Liton Sarkar was first arrested from Shyamoli area of the capital on the night of July 7.

Arrested Liton told CID during interrogation that he used to get exam papers from his associates Priyanath and Zahid. In return for questions and answers, the arrested Liton paid a fixed rate to accused Priyanath and Zahid. After that, Priyanath Roy was arrested that night from Food Villa Hotel in SKS Tower, Mohakhali.

Priyanath said during interrogation that he used to get question papers from accused Zahid. He also used to pay certain amount of money to Zahidul Islam in exchange for questions and answers.

After arresting Priyanath Roy, CID arrested Zahidul Islam from Shyamoli area on the same night. Accused Zahid said during interrogation that he used to collect the question papers through Suman, a person in Rangpur district. Zahid himself used to give a large part of the amount of money he received to Suman. Then Noman Siddique, an active member of the circle, was sent to the capital. He was arrested from his flat in Mirpur-10 area. Noman admitted his involvement in question paper leak. PSC Deputy Director (Sylhet) Jahangir Alam was arrested from Bashundhara residential area on his initial confession. After that, Shahadat Hossain was arrested from Mirpur, Mamunur and Niamul from Sher-e-bangla Nagar area. Niamul said in the first interrogation that one of the active members of the question-leaking circle is Khalilur Rahman, PSC's dispatch writer.

As the name of the main player of the cycle came up

Khalilur Rahman had been leaking the question papers of various exams including the recruitment exam of Sub- Assistant Engineer (Non Cadre) of Bangladesh Railway for a long time. Based on such information, the CID raided Mirpur Pirer Bagh and arrested him and interrogated him.

Khalilur said during the interrogation that PSC assistant director Alamgir used to provide candidates for these exams. Alamgir has been leaking the question papers of various exams including Railway Sub- Assistant Engineer (Non Cadre) recruitment exam for a long time. Alamgir was arrested at around 4:30 am on July 8 from a government residence in Mirpur area. After verifying the information from him, the name of PSC office assistant Sajedul Islam, one of the ringleaders, came up.

After Sajedul Islam's arrest, he told the CID during interrogation that PSC Deputy Director Abu Zafar used to leak the question papers of various exams. He used to collect leaked questions through him. After that Sajedul collected job seekers from different areas of Bangladesh through his associate Sakhawat and Siddheshwari College student Sayem Hossain and gathered the job seekers in rented houses or hotels in Dhaka and surrounding areas.

One or two days before the recruitment exam, Sajedul used to leak the exact question papers and distribute the post questions and answers to the candidates in exchange for money. Similarly, on July 5, the candidates were invited to the rented houses of Niamul Paltan and Khilgaon areas for the Railway Sub Assistant Engineer recruitment exam organized by PSC and arranged for the exam.

How the name of driver Abed Ali came up

In the statement of the detained Sajedul, the name of Syed Abed Ali, the driver of the PSC former chairman, emerged as the main player of the cycle. Sajedul also said that apart from collecting job aspirants through associates, questions and answers of railway sub assistant engineer recruitment exam were distributed to Syed Abed Ali, one of the members of the circle, in exchange for a certain amount of money.

Based on the information given by Sajedul, Sakhawat Hossain and Sayem Hossain were arrested from Sajedul's current residence and Syed Abed Ali in the Central West Sheorapara area of the capital. At the same time, CID arrested Abed Ali's son Syed Sohanur Rahman Siam after receiving information about his involvement.

Syed Abed Ali's statement came up, Abu Soleman Sohel has provided candidates for Railway Sub- Assistant Engineer Recruitment Exam. And that's why Abed Ali managed the booth himself. Later Sohail was also arrested.

Those concerned with the investigation said that 50/60 unidentified persons including the absconding 14 accused were involved in leaking and distributing the examination question papers before the scheduled time of the railway sub assistant engineer recruitment examination. The accused as an organized gang is involved in leaking the question papers of various grades of PSC including BCS of previous years in exchange of money before the scheduled time of the examination.

When asked, an officer related to the CID investigation said that PSC's accused PSC deputy director Jahangir, Zafar and assistant director Alamgir used to leak the questions themselves. Then through Office Assistant Sajedul, PSC Dispatch Writer Khalilur, candidates were supplied with leaked questions. It was taught to the candidates by calling them at home. A large amount of money was taken. Here Syed Abed Ali used to manage the transaction and inquiry booth.

He said, so far in the investigation, we have received the names of many others. Some high profile names are also coming forward. That information is being verified.

CID Cyber Police Center (CPC) Special Superintendent of Police Md. Tauhidul Islam said that 17 people have been arrested in the case so far. Seven people, including Syed Abed Ali, the driver of the former PSC chairman, admitted responsibility and gave a statement in court. The information received from the arrested persons is being scrutinized. Everyone else who is involved in this cycle will be brought under the law.

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



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



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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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