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RAB to give traffic updates for Eid holidaymakers

traffic updates

MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will give traffic updates on Facebook from today in a bid to inform Eid holidaymakers so that they can make their travel plans accordingly, reported news agency. Every four hours, RAB headquarters will give updates on their Facebook page on the overall situation and schedules of bus, train, launch and highways in the country, Benazir Ahmed, director general of RAB, said at a press briefing at RAB media centre at Karwan Bazar today. Apart from the headquarters, 14 RAB units will also give traffic updates on the highways of their respective zones every ...

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11th National Election: Reality After The Dress Rehearsals


MNA Editorial Desk: It is not very far that we are going to participate and observe the 11th national election scheduled to be held at the later part of this year. All the city corporation elections which were scheduled to be held prior to the national election are over. The results of these local government elections were very important as those were considered to be the dress rehearsal of the general election though conducted in a much less significant parameter. In the last few City Corporation elections country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party also participated and made the polls competitive. ...

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Actress Nawshaba held for spreading rumours


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed from city’s Uttara area on Saturday night over spreading rumours on social media over attack on protesting students. A text message of RAB said that a team of elite force nabbed Nawshaba and took her to RAB-1 office for interrogation over his Facebook live. The actress went to Facebook live around 4:00pm and said that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection, reports news agency. In her Facebook live, the actress requested people to get united, take to ...

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Imran H Sarkar released

H Sarkar

MNA National Desk: Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar was released on Wednesday night hours after his detention from the city’s Shahbagh area. He was freed around 11:00pm following interrogation, said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Emranul Hasan. Earlier, the elite force members detained the Ganajagaran Mancha, a platform of secular youths who had organised a mammoth rally at Shahbagh Square primarily seeking capital punishment for ‘war criminals’ in 2013, spokesperson in the afternoon. Witnesses said Imran was about to join a scheduled protest rally against ‘extrajudicial killings’ in the ongoing crackdown on drugs. The RAB also ...

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Drug War: Death toll rises to 117


MNA National Desk: As a nationwide ‘anti-drug’ crackdown continues, 12 more people were killed in what the law enforcers called gunfights early Tuesday, reported news agency. With the incidents, the number of victims, who were described as drug dealers, has reached 117 since 12 May. In ‘gunfights’ with the Rapid Action Battalion and the police, the 12 people were killed in Dhaka, Thakurgaon, Brahmanbaria, Barguna, Cumilla, Mymensingh, Satkhira, Kushtia and Jashore. The law enforcers said, yaba, cannabis, phensedyl and other drugs along with local and foreign firearms are recovered from almost all the spots the raids were conducted. Home minister ...

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War on drugs: BD requires right actions


MNA Editorial Desk: Drug War: The future of a country is much dependent on the quality – knowledge, education, mindset etc. of its youth and Bangladesh is not any different on that perspective. If the youth of a country is not progressive, that country cannot win any race. Bangladesh in recent times has set itself as an example of development and we are actually in a race to outrun ourselves requiring huge participation of our youth. But regretfully, in spite of having huge potential, our young generation is facing a great enemy – ‘Drugs’. Widespread availability and usage of different ...

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8 drug dealers killed in ‘shootouts’


MNA National Desk: At least eight suspected drug dealers were killed in separate gunfights at several areas of Jashore, Tangail, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga, Narsingdi, and Rajshahi in the early hours of Monday, said law enforcers. The reported gunfights mostly occurred as members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police conducted raids to detain suspected drug sellers. In Jashore, Police recovered three bodies shot in heads from two different spots in the early hours of Monday. However, police could not identify the bodies. In Tangail, an alleged drug dealer, named Abul Kalam Azad, in his forties, was killed in a reported shootout ...

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Seven militants held in Chattogram operation


MNA National Desk: RAB detained seven suspected militants in Chattogram operation, one of whom is an employee of the International Red Cross. The seven were detained in an operation in the Anandabag area near the Kotowali Police Station’s Old Biman Office RAB-7, said Assistant Director ASP Mimtanur Rahman. They have been identified as Md Mohiuddin Tamim (29), Md Afzar Hossain (21), Md Imran Khan (27), Md Daud Nabi Palash (28), Chowdhury Mohammad Ridwan (27), SM Jawad Jafar (26) and Md Muntasirul Meher (26). “They are supporters of international militant organisation IS,” added Mimtanur. “They opened two WhatsApp groups called ‘Deen ...

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Missing PP Rathish found dead


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion recovered the body of a public prosecutor or PP in Tajhat Mollapara area of Rangpur city early Wednesday, five days after he went missing. The deceased is Rathish Chandra Bhoumik, also the treasurer of district Awami League (AL). RAB members recovered the body around 2:30am, in a drive that started at 8:30pm on Tuesday. Public prosecutor Rathis Chandra Bhowmik, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, went missing since Friday morning. The law enforcers arrested ...

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They tried to take me across the border: Farhad Mazhar

Farhad Mazhar

MNA Exclusive Desk: Poet and writer Farhad Mazhar has claimed that he was forced during interrogation to say that he had gone out on a leisure trip. Speaking at a press conference at his Shyamoli residence, he said certain plainclothesmen had tried to take him from RAB and his abductors had tried to take him across the Khulna-Jessore border to the other side. Mazhar convened the press conference two days after a court granted police to file a counter case against Mazhar and his wife Farida Akhtar for lodging a “false abduction” case. Claiming to have been kidnapped while he ...

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Militant den cordoned off in C’nawabganj


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordoned off a house in Char Alatuli union of Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila from early Tuesday suspecting as militant den. The militants opened fire and threw grenade to the elite forces which prompted them to retaliate back. The elite force will take next steps after arrival of its bomb specialist unit, said RAB. RAB-5 personnel surrounded the building around 4am, after receiving information that militants were hiding out at the location, said RAB. RAB Commanding Officer Alam said that they did not know the building owner’s name and they were unsure how ...

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RAB cordoned-off militant hideout in Ashulia


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordoned-off a suspected militant den at Pathalia area of Ashulia since 1:00am on Sunday. RAB told reporters that several rounds of bullets were fired and bomb was hurled towards the law enforcers from inside the house. The RAB media and legal wing director further said, “The area has been evacuated. We will begin a drive shortly.” He said that the law forcers are trying to nab the militants unharmed. Meanwhile, they have been asked to surrender after being unarmed. But they aren’t responding. Meanwhile, Bomb Disposal Unit of Counter Terrorism and ...

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Columnist Farhad Mazhar brought to Dhaka

Farhad Mazhar

MNA National Desk: Columnist Farhad Mazhar was brought to Adabar police station in Dhaka on Tuesday morning, 18 hours after he was rescued in Noapara of Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore. Meanwhile, Farhad’s wife Farida Akhtar and relatives went to the police station to meet him. RAB on Monday said Farhad Mazhar was rescued around 11:30pm when he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna in a Hanif Paribahan bus. Earlier in the day, Farhad Mazhar was reportedly abducted by unknown miscreants from his Adabar residence. Police said Farhad Mazhar came out of his residence, ‘Haq Garden’, at Adabar Link Road after ...

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RAB detained 3 from Chapainawabganj


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested three people, and conducted separate raids on four houses in Gomostapur and Nachol upazilas of Chapainawabganj on Wednesday. The drivers were launched around 5am following information gleaned from three suspected members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) who were arrested from Bazarpara in Gomostapur along with 3 kg gunpowder, one pistol, one magazine and four bullets around 4am today. Lt Col Mahbub Alam, commanding officer of RAB-5, declared the end of the drives around 11:00am. He said case will be filed against the three arrestees with Gomostapur police station. Shukur is ...

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PM asks RAB not to torture, oppress common people


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to make sure that common people do not fall victims to unnecessary torture and oppression during their duties, reported news agency. “You all must give attention to the fact that common people do not suffer…they must not face any unnecessary torture and oppression…,” UNB quoted her as saying. The PM said this while speaking at the PM’s Special Darbar marking the 13th founding anniversary of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at its Kurmitola headquarters in Dhaka. “Moral turpitude may weaken the mentality of ...

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Swedish Radio exposes RAB officer’s conversation on ‘extrajudicial killings’

Swedish Radio

MNA Editorial Desk: The Swedish Radio has revealed a recording over extrajudicial killings and human rights violations conducted by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Bangladesh. In the secret recording, a high ranking officer in the elite police force, RAB revealed the working methods of RAB. According to the report the measures are used on people who RAB suspects of serious crimes but who they consider too difficult to convict in a trial or impossible to rehabilitate, reports Swedish Radio. The investigative report published today is based on a two hour long recording in which the officer reveals how RAB regularly ...

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Police raid two militant hideouts in Moulvibazar


MNA Editorial Desk: Police cordoned off two residential buildings at Sadar upazila in Moulvibazar suspecting those to be militant hideouts on Wednesday morning. Police raided a building at Barhat area of Moulvibazar city and another resident house in the Sadar upazila’s Fatehpur area. Gas and electric supplies of the area were also cut off. Police fired back to the building as miscreants opened fire and hurled two grenades at police from the building.  Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit joined the police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on the spots, police said. However, the two buildings are ...

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6 killed including two cops in Sylhet blasts


MNA National Desk: Six people, including two policemen, were killed and 50 people injured in bomb blasts in front of Gotatikor Madrasah adjacent to militant den Atia Mahal in Dakkhin Surma upazila in Sylhet. Jedan Al Musa, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, said two people carrying bombs came to the spot riding a motorcycle and hurled those around 6:45pm when one of the bombs went off, leaving BCL activist Atiq Rahman Apu, 20, dead on the spot and 17 people injured, while another bomb remained unexploded. Minutes later, the unexploded bomb went off when police picked ...

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Blast Inside Ashkona RAB Camp Left ‘Suicide Bomber’ Dead


MNA Editorial Desk: A blast inside a makeshift camp of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Ashkona of Dhaka left a ‘suicide bomber’ dead. Inspector General (IG) of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque and RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan assumes that militants are involved in this attack. This alarming attack was carried out only a day after raids on two militant hideouts at Sitakunda of Chittagong. Immediately after the attack airports, maritime ports and prisons across Bangladesh was ordered to increase security. Middle East-based radical group Islamic State claimed credit for several previous militant attacks in Bangladesh.  In the case of ...

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CTTC, SWAT, RAB joint drive killed 4 JMB militants in Sitakunda


MNA Editorial Desk: Four people including a woman were killed and three police members were injured as a team of police’s counter-terrorism unit started another drive in a suspected militant hideout in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong on Thursday morning. Starting at about 6:00am, the drive, Assault 16, ended at about 10:00am. The law enforcers also rescued around twenty residents from the house who were trapped inside during the raid. It was a joint team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), SWAT and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members cordoned off the two-storied building Chhayanir suspected it as a militants’ hideout ...

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JMB IT chief among 4 held in Jatrabari raid


MNA National Desk: Four suspected members of banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) including its alleged IT chief were held during a raid at a house in east Dholaipar area of Jatrabari in Dhaka early on Wednesday. According to RAB, the four members of the ‘Sarwar-Tamim’ group, including the IT head of the faction Ashfaque-e-Azam, were arrested in a raid in a Jatrabari house. RAB Signal and Media Wing assistant Director Mizanur Rahman told that on Wednesday morning, being tipped off a team of RAB 10 conducted a drive at the house from 4:00am to 7:30am. RAB also claimed ...

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Nur Hossain, Tarek Sayeed, 24 others awarded death sentence

Nur Hossain

MNA Editorial Desk: A Narayanganj court awarded death sentence to twenty-six accused including former ward councillor Nur Hossain, former RAB officials—former lieutenant colonel Tarek Sayed Mohammad, former Navy’s lieutenant commander MM Rana, former Major Arif—in cases filed over the sensational seven-murder. Narayanganj district and sessions judge Syed Enayetur Rahman announced the verdict in presence of 23 convicts at about 10:15am on Monday. Nine others were also sentenced to different terms in the verdict handed down by Narayanganj district and sessions judge Syed Enayetur Rahman. Out of a total of 35 accused in the gruesome murder, 23 were present before the ...

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‘Tavella murder case is a conspiracy against Qaiyum’

Tavella murder case

MNA National Desk: Ruhul Kabir Rizvi stated that their leader MA Qaiyum was charged with the Ceasar Tavella murder case through a conspiracy as the police and RAB made inconsistent remarks over the murder. The BNP leader also alleged on Thursday that the charge sheet in the Tavella murder case was “typed out either at the prime minister’s office (PMO) or Sudha Sadan. It means the charge sheet was framed at the behest of the government.” He speaking this in a program arranged by the Youth Forum, a pro-BNP platform, at Jatiya Press Club, titled ‘Bloody 28 October 2006’. “RAB ...

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RAB detained 39 at airport while going Libya illegally

Libya illegally

MNA Editorial Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members detained 39 people at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on Thursday while they were going to Libya illegally. Being tipped off that some people were trying to go Libya with fake visa and documents, a team of RAB-7 conducted a drive at the airport around 11:30am and arrested the 39 people, said Chandan Debnath, assistant director of media wing of RAB-7. Several human traffickers were among the arrestees, he said. A press briefing about the drive was held at Patenga RAB headquarters in the afternoon, reported news agency. However, earlier on ...

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11 suspected militants killed in Gazipur, Tangail raid

Police revealed

MNA Editorial Desk: A total of eleven suspected militants were killed in a combined raid dived by the counter-terrorism unit of police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in different areas of Gajipur and Tangail on Saturday. Two suspected militants were killed in a raid Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kagmara area of Tangail district town in the early morning. RAB also has driven an operation in two suspected militant grottos in Gazipur since Saturday and killed two suspected militants. The identity of these eleven militants could not be recognized yet. Law enforcement agency had surrounded a house at Harinal area ...

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Bangladesh-born German citizens held at Shahjalal Airport

Bangladesh-born German citizens

MNA Editorial Desk: Two Bangladesh-born German citizens have been arrested at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital with small weapons. The detainees were initially identified as Aminul Islam and Monir Ben Ali. And the men were arrested during a joint drive of Rapid Action Battalion and Customs, said RAB. Customs official claimed that the men were seized from the green channel at the airport. The two men arrived in Dhaka from Dubai by an Emirates flight. On secret information, customs officials found nine small arms inside a box of them. However, details of the incident will be informed in ...

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Five detained with TK 10 million counterfeit notes

counterfeit notes

MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained five alleged members of a currency note forging gang, including two women, in possession of about TK 10 million counterfeit notes in the city’s Banasree and Jurain areas early on Thursday. The arrestees were recognized as Abdur Rashid, a former Bangladesh Bank official, Dulal Miah, Sarwar Hossain, Fatema Akter and Rubina Begum, reported news agency. Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police (media wing) of the RAB Headquarters said, a team of RAB-1 arrested the five members of the note counterfeiting gang in separate drives in Banasree and Jurain areas in ...

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