Court security to be beefed up | 2019-07-17

Court security to be beefed up

Special Correspondent

17 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government has a plan to tighten security on the court premises to avert the recurrence of any untoward incident.   

“Security on all 64 court premises will be increased,” law minister Anisul Huq told reporters after a meeting with the deputy commissioners at the Secretariat.

A Dhaliwood-style killing scene unfolded in a Cumilla court Monday when one alleged criminal killed his rival in front of the judge.

The incident occurred inside the courtroom of Additional District and Sessions Judge Court while Judge Fatema Ferdous was present there.

Referring to the incident, the minister said the victim and the attacker were cousins.

In another meeting, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Imran Ahmed sought support from the DCs to nab the brokers for harassing and cheating the expatriates.

“I have sought cooperation from the deputy commissioners to round the brokers up,” he said.

Mentioning the government’s effort to establish a healthy system in immigration process, he said, “We have been trying to introduce a system so that the fortune hunters can go abroad safely.”

He said the brokers take Tk7 lakh from each aspirant instead of Tk1.5 lakh.

The minister said they had been trying to bring the manpower agencies under control to address the harassment of the passengers.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi asked the DCs to monitor the market by conducting mobile court round the year to ensure safe food.

“The government has been showing zero tolerance against the adulteration of food and other products.”

Tipu said the DCs had been ordered to continue strict monitoring on the market to ensure safe food.

They were also asked to monitor the supply of food and essential commodities so the traders and businessmen could not make extra profit under the pretext of artificial supply shortage, he added.

Replying to a query, the commerce minister said prices of onion, ginger and garlic would become normal within the next 15 days, mentioning that unusual rain damaged onion in India and ginger and garlic in China which pushed the prices of those imported items up.

He said the prices of essential commodities were under control in the holy month of Ramadan due to the effective measures of the government.

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder directed the DCs to procure paddy directly from the farmers to fill up the government target of rice procurement as some farmers threatened to stop growing rice due to low price.

He said food safety and food security would be given top priority.