Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel in separate raids nabbed two people for their suspected link with human skeleton trade from different parts of Sylhet district on Wednesday.
The arrestees were identified as Bellal Hossain, 40, and his associate Hira Mia, 21, both employees of the Histology Department of Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital (OMCH), according to a news agency report.
Tipped off, a team of RAB-9 arrested Belal from in front of the Hazrat Shahjalal shrine branch Pubali Bank along with a skeleton, RAB officials said at a press briefing at its office on Wednesday night.
Later following the statement of Belal, the elite force arrested Hira Mia from the same area.
At the briefing, the RAB officials said the arrestees had been involved in trading human skeletons for the past 5/6 years and Pinki Mia, a khadem of Hazrat Biabanshah Pir shrine in Kalagul area, provided the skeleton to them.
During interrogation, Belal said Pinky Mia lifted the body from graveyard and made it into a skeleton using chemicals.
Besides, the RAB also recovered two more human skeletons from the OMCH Histology Department.
The arrestees and the skeletons were handed over to Kotwali Police Station, said RAB.
Sylhet Railway to add 16 new coaches during Eid
Sylhet Railway is going to add 16 new passenger coaches to its Parabat intercity train on Sylhet-Dhaka route from tomorrow.
Sylhet Railway sources said the modern coaches including a power car have been attached with the train to make the journey of the home-bound passengers during the Eid more comfortable.
A total of two air-conditioned coaches, one first-class coach, eight Shovan chair coaches and a power car have been attached with the train, the sources added.
Sylhet Railway Station Manager, Ataur Rahman said the addition of the new coaches will bring dynamism in the management of trains and help maintain schedules.
Five-tier security during Eid-ul Azha in Sylhet
A five-tier security arrangement has been taken up in the sylhet city and district ahead of the upcoming the Eid-ul- Azha.
In the backdrop of recent militant attacks across the country, law enforcers will beef up security before and after the two great religious festivals of the Muslim and Hindu communities respectively in different areas in the city and upazila headquarters of the district. SMP ADC Rahmatullah said.
The SMP will install nearly 100 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at different strategic points to monitor the security measures arranged for the city dwellers after and before the Eid.
According to sources with the SMP and district police, the additional security measures will be in force for two days before and after the Eid. Necessary instructions to this effect have been issued to all the police stations and camps.
Apart from deployment of additional forces, detective vigilance was intensified in all the busiest areas in the city and district.
All the entry points of the city like Kazir Bazar Bridge, City Point and Kazir Bazar area in the city were brought under tight security measures with CCTV monitoring. Necessary instructions were also given to search suspicious persons at any points during the period.
On the other hand, RAB-9 has taken all-out security measures to make the holy occasions a total success.
Sylhet Rly begins selling advance tickets ahead of Eid
Sylhet Railway authorities here have started selling advance tickets from Tuesday against the train services from September 7 to September 11 for carrying passengers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Ataur Rahman, Manager of Sylhet railway station formally inaugurated the advance tickets selling from Sylhet railway station in the morning.
He said the authorities have taken stringent measures this year to check “ticket black-marketing.” The authorities have started issuing advanced tickets for 10 train services from September 7 to September 11. The advance tickets are available from 8 a.m to 4 p.m everyday.No rush for advanced rail tickets : There was, however, no very big gathering of ticket collectors as the Eid is still far away.
Sylhet Station Manager also said, there is no shortage of tickets for Eid on the first day of selling the advance tickets. “We sold 3 thousands tickets of rails on different routes every day. Of these, 25 percent of tickets were sold by mobile while 5 percent were preserved for VIP’s and 65 percents were sold at counters. But, the numbers of ticket seekers are many. So, many of the homebound people did not get tickets.”
Officer-in-c harge of Rail Police at Sylhet Railway Station said the law enforcers are very alert to stop the black marketing of tickets this year. Some of RAB men are also patrolling the station to control any unwanted situation.
Md. delwar hossain, a ticket seeker said that he waited in the line for tickets. He got tickets to go home at Chittagong for enjoying the Eid with his family.
Farjana Begum, another ticket seekers alleged that there was no system for female to take ticket. There are no separate lines for them. “I have been waiting hours after hours for ticket in the combined line with hazards, but failed to get a ticket as the authority told that all tickets had been sold just after starting the selling of tickets.”
Bus driver killed in Sylhet road accident
A Bus driver has been killed and 20 others injured in a head-on collision between two bus at Jugirgawn on Sylhet-Sunamganj Road.
The deceased is Ibrahim Ali, 45, son of Nabi Ali of Suloghar area in Sunamganj. Ibrahim Ali and 13 also received critical injuries in the accident.
Jalalabad police station Officer-in-Charge Akther Hussen said: “The Sunamganj-bound passenger bus collided with the Sylhet bound bus near Jugirgawn around 10am on Thursday. leaving Ibrahim Ali and others were rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where duty doctors declared Ibrahim Ali dead.
He said, the bodies were sent to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for postmortem examinations.