List of Abed Ali’s cadre beneficiaries is being prepared



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
List of Abed Ali’s cadre beneficiaries ids being prepared

List of Abed Ali’s cadre beneficiaries ids being prepared

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Syed Abed Ali, a former driver of PSC, has confessed in court in the case of leaking questions of 30 recruitment exams in the last 12 years, including the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) exam. Sources said that in the confession he gave the names of the cadres.

According to the source, now an organization has started the work of preparing the list of names given by Abed Ali.

Full beard, cap on head. Abed Ali, a former driver of the Public Service Commission (PSC), who is known as a religious person in the area, has been criticized across the country.

Abed Ali's home is West Botla village of Baligram union in Dasar upazila of Madaripur. Abed Ali, who went from being a railway station porter to a rickshaw puller, then a PSC chairman's driver to become a millionaire, is known as a demon in his area.

It is known that Abed Ali was the driver of Professor Mahfuzur Rahman, a former member of the Public Works Commission (PSC), who was convicted in a corruption case. He used to have a group under his leadership. They were responsible for acquiring customers.

Prof. Mahfuzur has been accused of irregularities and corruption in the 27th BCS oral examination including taking bribe. Prof Mahfuz's name was on the first list of 50 suspected 'corrupts' released by the Anti-Corruption Commission during the Fakhruddin Ahmad-led caretaker government.

There is a discussion, Abed Ali got involved in this cycle of questioning by his hand. In the last 12 years, he has leaked at least 30 question papers of government recruitment exams including Bangladesh Civil Service Exam. Various information is being collected about those who have become cadres in the question given by him. Some have been kept under surveillance.

When asked about this, CID Additional Superintendent of Police Himel Chakma, investigating officer of the question leak case, said, "I don't want to comment on this right now."

However, sources related to the investigation said that many of the BCS batches have become cadres due to the question of Abed Chakra. Now the information provided by the arrested persons is being verified.

In the initial interrogation, Abed Ali said that he is the owner of hundreds of crores of money. He owns a six-storey house, three flats and a car in Dhaka. The village houses have duplex buildings. If a driver owns hundreds of crores of rupees, how many thousands of crores of takas do those who worked for PSC own?

Sources also said that at least 25 crore transactions have been made in Abed Chakra's bank account in the last three months. CID with the help of Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit has seized bank account documents of 17 accused.

Sources said that multiple money laundering cases may be filed by reviewing these documents.

Special Superintendent of Cyber Investigation and Operations of CID Tauhidul Islam said, we have got evidence that 17 arrested persons including PSC officials were also involved in the leak of question papers of railway recruitment exam held on July 5. He said that this syndicate was also involved in some other examination question papers.

According to local sources, the rise of Abed Ali started in 2004 by giving a job to one of Dasar Upazila in the Roads and Highways Department. After that, he has provided 'jobs' to many people in the area.

Although he is a driver, Abed Ali introduced himself as a businessman in the area. Everyone except family and neighbors knew he was an established businessman in Dhaka.

When Dasar was declared a new upazila after Kalkini was broken, Abed Ali started campaigning to become upazila chairman. He was trying to create an image as a demon in the area. He and his son Siam used to travel with two cars worth crores of taka in the area. He also donated money to local mosques, temples, orphanages and various social organizations. 

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



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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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