News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
October 23, 2002
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Monday
said the army had to be called out in aid of civil administration to
curb crimes and would be withdrawn as soon as possible. "The
country will run according to the Constitution and existing laws of the
land," she assured while talking to senior journalists.
As the countrywide crackdown on criminals, conducted jointly by the army
and members of other law-enforcing agencies, continued for the fifth
consecutive day yesterday, over 215 persons were rounded up from
different areas during the last 48 hours till 8 am.
The opposition Awami League reacted angrily to a big anti-crime drive
after two of its senior leaders were arrested and the houses of others
raided. Awami League called a half-day hartal on Thursday as the party
chief Sheikh Hasina asked the Prime Minister to refrain from influencing
the armed forces politically by unleashing torture and repression on
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina left
Dhaka for London last night on a two-week long private tour of the UK,
Belgium and the United States.
Two Awami League leaders- Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political Secretary
to Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina and former Minister Sheikh Fazlul
Karim Selim MP and were arrested by army in the city on Monday.
Jatiya Party chief and former President HM Ershad was stopped from
leaving for Singapore Monday night. Immigration police at the ZIA
International Airport (ZIA) impounded his passport, which was later
returned, and also arrested his personal security staff Badsha Mia.
Later, army personnel came to the ZIA and picked up Badsha Mia Two more
persons died in the last two days allegedly during army interrogation,
as the crackdown on criminals across the country entered its sixth day.
A 22-year-old man Afzal Hossain who was picked up by the army from Savar
on Monday noon died in custody the same day. It another case, according
to UNB, Amirul Islam Chowhdury alias Rocket, 35, died in custody in
The Ward Commissioners of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have demanded
prior approval of the Mayor for arresting or conducting raids at the
residence of any commissioner wanted under specific charge.
City dwellers on Monday welcomed the
on-going countrywide joint drive by Army and law enforcing agencies
against violence extortion and other crimes. People representing
different classes and professions told BSS separately that this drive
was "a positive and timely step" of the government to improve
the overall law and order throughout the
Different organisations have hailed the army drive against terrorism as
a timely action while some organisations have expressed concern at the
reported violation of human rights during the drive.
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At least nine people have been killed in India's Jammu-Kashmir state as
Islamic militants battled security forces and Indian and Pakistani
troops shelled each other across the frontier separating the countries.
Indian film actor Salman Khan has been formally charged with culpable
homicide. He allegedly hit five homeless people with his car late at
night on 28 September, killing one of them.
US troops hunting al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan were
targeted in a single rocket attack on an outpost in southeastern Khost
province, a US military spokesman said today.
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An al Qaeda operative now in U.S.
custody has told the FBI about plans to attack popular bars and
nightclubs in Southeast Asia, according to classified documents obtained
A defiant North Korea, facing heavy pressure to scrap a secret nuclear
weapons programme, warned the United States on Tuesday it would take
unspecified "tougher counter-action" if Washington did not
agree to talks on the issue.
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The rain interrupted three-day
cricket match between Bangladesh Under-17 and hosts Sri Lanka Under-17
ended in a draw at the Dembulle ground in Sri Lanka on Monday.
Bangladesh Chess team leaves here for Slovenia tonight to take part in
the 35th Chess Olympiad, the biggest chess festival, beginning on
Australia completed a 3-0 series win over Pakistan in Sharjah on Tuesday
when it won the third test by an innings and 20 runs with more than a
day to spare.
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