Dhaka's news correspondents say they saw slogan-shouting people celebrating in Old Dhaka and Dhanmondi, Dhaka University campus and Mirpur. Hundreds of people were out on the streets throughout the capital as well as on rooftops near the jail. Students gathered in front of some halls of Dhaka University. Over a hundred others, flashing victory signs and chanting slogans, brought out a rally from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hall. န Photo : Firoz Ahmed
The five death row convicts were hanged past midnight (local time), hours after the Supreme Court rejected their review plea, jail officials said. Ex-Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed (artillery) and ex-Major Bazlul Huda were hanged first as the execution process started late last night while ex-Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman was the third to be executed minutes later. Ex-lieutenant colonels Shahriar Rashid Khan and AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed (lancer) were the last to walk to the gallows.
The five convicts walked to the gallows after a trial that dragged on for 13 years but six others condemned were still on the run to evade trial even as Bangladesh launched a diplomatic campaign engaging the Interpol to bring them back home. န Photos : AP, Reuters
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Dhaka, 28 January : Bangladesh Parliament offered a special prayer of thanksgiving on Thursday for the execution of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's killers, before adjourning until 2 February.
Speaker Abdul Hamid suspended all scheduled business of the day and suspended the session in memory of the country's independence leader and his slain family members. Awami League MP Abdul Awal Saidur Rahman administered the munajat. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, one of Mujib's two surviving daughters, was present in parliament.
Unveiling a plaque at the commissioning of a new Coast Guard station at Hutbay in Little Andaman, Singh in his speech congratulated Vice-Admiral D K Joshi, commander-in-chief Andaman and Nicobar Command for his contribution. Speaking on the occasion, Joshi highlighted the vulnerability of these islands due to its geographical separation from the mainland and the political, economic and strategic development in the Indian Ocean region.
Setting up of a Coast Guard station at Hutbay will also facilitate effective sea control, he said. န File Photo : Ministry of Defence
The demand was made by a party's delegation led by Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee to newly appointed Governor M K Narayanan here. "Elections in the state should be held immediately after removing Bhattacharjee," Chatterjee said following the meeting with the governor. He alleged that the CPI(M)-backed goons were attacking people opposed to the Marxist party at places like Salboni, Goaltore in West Midnapore district to gain political footing. He claimed that the bloodshed could not have taken place without the knowledge of the chief minister.
The TMC leader said party supremo Mamata Banerjee had taken up the issue with the central government. န File Cartoon, Courtesy The Telegraph
West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said the joint forces raided two hideouts of the Left wing extremists, arresting two from Talpukur in Belpahari and five others from Madhupur in Salboni area. A large cache of firearms, ammunition, improvised explosive devices and traditional weapons were recovered from the two spots, he said.
The body of a suspected Maoist was found from Talpukur. "It seems he died in a police shootout," a police source said.
IANS, New Delhi, 28 January : While culling continued in bird-flu hit West Bengal, new epicentres have emerged since the government confirmed the virus 14 January, health authorities said here. Nearly 125,751 birds have been culled in the state, authorities said.
Officials also said the avian influenza is spreading to new areas. The government notified the outbreak in Hazrabati and Nagar villages in block Khargram of district Murshidabad 14 Jan and since then more epicentres - Haripur, Ninur, Pathai, Jhajra and Sankarpur - have surfaced in the same block, officials added.
Apart from Mithun and Saha's inclusion, there were no other suprises in the squad announced by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan after a meeting of the selection committee. Dravid, who sustained a face injury in the second Test against Bangladesh, has been advised rest for three weeks while Yuvraj Singh has also been ruled out of the Test series due to an injury to his left wrist.
The South Africans will play two Tests - Nagpur (6-10 February) and Kolkata (14-18 February) and three One-dayers in Jaipur, Kanpur and Ahmedabad during their tour of India.
IANS, Guwahati, 28 January : Former Assam chief minister and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) founder Prafulla Kumar Mahanti has indicated discontinuing the pre-poll understanding with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"We must maintain our secular image and also our regional character. We must understand the desire of the people of Assam in so far as political alignments or re-alignments (are concerned)," Mahanta told IANS. The AGP-BJP alliance suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Congress party during the 2001 assembly elections and also in the 2009 parliamentary polls with the AGP winning just one seat and the BJP in four of the 14 seats in Assam.
Writers' Buildings is yet to officially christen this elite force, but their area of operation has more or less been laid out West Bengal's coastline and the tough-to-guard riverine areas. It is an indication of the heightened threat perception in West Bengal after the Mumbai 26/11 attack. The state government has been so secretive about this force that no one got wind of a recent visit by a high-level Marcos team to the SAP barracks.
The recruits for the gruelling training course were picked from the State Armed Police (SAP). "The first batch of four teams (30 each) has been training under the Marcos at Vizag since September last year" a senior official at Writers' said. They have been trained in boarding a suspect or hostile craft and neutralising threats.