A bad mix of teens and power

A bad mix of teens and power

Police yesterday morning arrested five alleged killers of Adnan Ispar, a teenager who was chased down and stabbed to death on Tuesday in Jamal Khan area of Chittagong city.

The sharp weapon used in the killing was also recovered by police during a raid.

Police made the arrests in separate raids in Fatikhhari upazila and the city's Bahaddarhat area in early hours.

The arrestees are Moin Khan, 18, son of Nurul Islam; Sabbir Khan, 18, son of Mohammad Osman; Abdullah Al Sayed, 18, son of Abdus Sattar; Ekhlas Uddin Arman, 18, son of Mohammad Moktar; and Muntasir Mostafa, 18, son of Mostafa Kamal, said police.

Speaking with The Daily Star, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) (south) Shah Mohammad Abdur Rauf said the arrestees during primary interrogation admitted that they used a firearm to threaten Adnan before killing him and they had received it from three local political “Boro Bhai” for establishing supremacy in the area.

Police insiders and locals requesting anonymity said the five arrestees are members of a juvenile gang that is involved in extortion and other criminal activities in Chandanpura and Goni Bakery area.

The gang gets political backing from Chawk Bazar thana Awami League leader Abdur Rauf, they also alleged.

During primary interrogation following the arrests, it was found that Adnan, a ninth grader at Chittagong Collegiate School, was murdered following a brawl between two juvenile groups over playing games at a playground, said investigators.

SM Mostain Hossain, deputy commissioner (DC) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) south zone, at a press briefing said, “The knife was also recovered from the school bag of arrestee Moin who stabbed Adnan over a game-related feud.

The police were yet to recover a firearm that the killers brandished before stabbing Adnan, the DC also said.

Regarding the AL leader's alleged involvement with the killers, DC Mostain during the press briefing said the police are yet to find any connection of AL leader Abdur Rauf in the murder. However, they would not spare anyone if the person is found to be involved in the killing of Adnan.

After scrutinising CCTV footage collected from around the murder scene, the “police arrested Moin, Nurul, Sabbir, and Sayed from Samitir Haat area in Fatikhhari upazila while Muntasir was arrested from his house in the city's Bahaddarhat area,” he said.

The police are now working on to identify the person who supplied the gun to them, added the DC.

Of the five arrestees, Moin, Sabbir and Muntasir are HSC second-year students at Hazera-Taju Degree College, Ekhlas is a tenth grade student at Holy Flower School and Sayed has appeared in HSC examination from Islamia College.

Sabbir and Sayed are accused in a case filed with Chawkbazar Police Station on December 12, 2017.

Police insiders said Moin, Nurul, Sabbir, and Sayed took shelter at the house of a local top leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Samitir Hat in Fatikchhari.

Describing the incident, ADC Rauf said to The Daily Star, “There was a long-standing rivalry between Adnan's group and a group of students at Ideal School and College [ISC] over playing games at the playground of Mohsin College.

On the day of the killing, being chased out by Adnan and two of his friends, two tenth graders of ISC took the shelter of their senior brothers -- Moin, Sabbir and three others -- at Mejban Khaile Aiyun restaurant.

The five seniors including Moin and Sabbir later came out of the restaurant and chased down Adnan and his two friends. After they caught up with Adnan a few yards away, Sabbir pointed a gun to Adnan's head while Arman and Sayed kept beating him with sticks, he said.

At one stage Adnan was hit by a CNG-run auto rickshaw in front of ISC where Moin stabbed him from behind. Adnan then ran for his life, but collapsed in front of Dr Khastogir Government Girls' High School and College.

The killers later went inside a room on the third floor of the restaurant and left the place one by one after receiving the news of Adnan's death around 3:30pm.

Around 8:30pm, the five went to Badurtala area of Bahaddarhat and four of them boarded a Fatikchhari-bound bus around 9:00pm, said ADC Rauf.

Adnan's father Adnan Aktarul Azam -- an LGED engineer in Khagrachhari -- on Wednesday night filed a murder case with Kotwali Police Station accusing the five arrestees and six unnamed others. Meanwhile, Adnan's friends and students at Chittagong Collegiate School yesterday staged a demonstration in front of Chittagong Press Club demanding capital punishment to his killers.

This correspondent made several attempts to speak with AL's Chawk Bazar thana unit leader Abdur Rauf for his comments over his alleged involvement with Adnan's killers, but his cell phone was found unreachable till the filing of this report around 10:00pm last night. He did not respond to the text message sent to the same number either.

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Man beats wife, toddler son to death in front of six-year-old

In a brutal murder, a 36-year-old man killed his wife and one-and-a-half year old son with a brick and to ensure the duo was dead, he stabbed them too.

The gruesome double murder was witnessed by the couple's elder son who is six years old. The accused is still absconding.

The incident took place on Monday night in the slum area of west Delhi's Jahangirpuri G Block. The matter came to light on Tuesday morning when the couple's elder son morning informed a neighbour.

His statement has been recorded and accordingly a crime sequence was established.

According to police, accused Om Prakash works as a painter.

It has been learnt that Prakash was under the influence of alcohol and killed his wife-Sunita and the infant child-Anil when both were asleep.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Aslam Khan said the bodies bore multiple injuries and were recovered from the first floor of the house.

A relative of the victim told police that the couple used to fight over petty issues.

On Monday night, they had dinner with other family members after which an argument ensued. The matter was, however, resolved and the couple went to sleep with their two sons on the first floor of the house. In the morning, Shobha and Anil were found dead," said the relative.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. The elder son told police he saw his father beating up his mother and younger brother.

We have taken the statement from the elder son but the reason and the exact sequence of the incident will be clear once his father is arrested," Khan said.

Prakash married Shobha 10 years ago.

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Fears of serial child killer in Pakistan city

The rape and murder of a dozen children by a suspected serial killer have terrified parents in central Pakistan, and prompted soul-searching over how the country fails to protect its most vulnerable.

The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen became the tipping point last week when her body was found on a rubbish heap near her home in the city of Kasur.

Candlelight vigils were held across the country and the hashtag #JusticeForZainab trended on social media, with celebrities, opposition politicians and outraged web users demanding action.

But grief spilled over into anger in Kasur, a city already infamous for child abuse after a massive paedophilia ring was exposed in 2015.

Zainab, officials said, is the 12th child found raped and murdered in the city within a 2km radius in the last two years.

The discovery of her body sparked riots in Kasur, with thousands swarming police stations and setting fire to politicians' homes, accusing the authorities of inaction.

At least two demonstrators were killed after police opened fire on the crowds.

A spokesman for the government of Punjab province - where Kasur is located - said the suspect was likely "a lunatic with psychological disorders".

The perpetrator involved in the murder is a serial killer," Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan told AFP.

In six of the cases, investigators have found the same DNA, Kasur district hospital chief Dr Nazir Ahmed told AFP.

Another doctor said the bodies of the children bore similar injuries.

Dr Fareed Khan said the victims showed signs of "strangulation, burn marks, scarring and wrist cuts.

Television stations have repeatedly broadcast chilling CCTV footage purportedly showing the young girl walking hand-in-hand with an unidentified male in what may have been her last moments.

Kasur is notorious for such heinous crimes.

In 2015, officials uncovered a huge paedophilia ring in the city. At least 280 children were sexually abused on camera by men who later blackmailed their families, threatening to leak the footage.

Police conspicuously failed to act despite pleas from parents, only making arrests after clashes between relatives and authorities dragged the issue into the spotlight.

From January to June 2017, there were 129 cases recorded in Kasur - including rape and murder - according to Sahil, an aid group that works on child protection issues.

Parents interviewed by AFP appeared overwhelmed once again by their powerlessness.

The district police chief told us if they can't arrest the culprit then what can they do," said Muhammad Ayub, whose eight-year-old niece was raped and killed in July last year.

Just one child is believed to have survived an attack.

The six-year-old girl has spent months in intensive care, paralysed from the neck down and unable to speak after being raped, tortured and left for dead at a garbage dump in November.

Cameras should be installed in the streets on every turn for protection of the children. how can mothers accompany their children all the time? asked the survivor's aunt.

How can I be satisfied. we don't know what's happening," raged Zainab's father Ameen Ansari at his home, where he blasted the police for inaction. They have not shown any interest at all.

Authorities, however, remain confident. I'm pretty sure that within a few days maybe we will present the main accused," said district police chief Zahid Nawaz Marwat.

Such assurances are not enough for the people of Kasur.

We have been forced to lock our kids inside our homes," said resident Ghulam Fareed.

Pakistan criminalised child sexual abuse for the first time in 2016, after the initial paedophilia scandal broke.

But with sex education non-existent in the conservative Muslim country, experts fear that an untold number of abuse cases continue to go unreported.

Always the powerful are abusers and the weak are the victims," said Manizeh Bano, the executive director of Sahil.

Such fears are not limited to Punjab.

Recent media reports have pointed to rampant sexual abuse of children in unregulated madrassas across the country, while a 2014 documentary highlighted how young boys in the north-western city of Peshawar are often abused for sex.

For Zainab's family, any change will come too late. They were unable to find my daughter for five days," her mother Nusrat Bibi said through tears.

I had educated Zainab (on) how to deal with strangers if they try to trap you," she cried. The girl was very wise and obedient.

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10 Times The Police Let Brutal Serial Killers Go Free

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They had a serial killer in their hands, and they let him go . . . and he killed agian. This doesn’t just happen in movies or crime novels; it occurs all too often in real life. Sometimes, the authorities simply don’t know who they have; other times, they don’t have enough evidence to hold them. It can be

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The tattoos gave it away

The tattoos gave it away

A 74-year-old Japanese man accused of a gang murder in Japan 15 years ago has been arrested in Thailand after pictures of his tattoos went viral on social media, Thai police said yesterday.

Shigeharu Shirai was arrested on Wednesday evening in Lopburi province, 150 km (95 miles) north of the capital, Bangkok. Police said he had confessed to being part of the Yamaguchi-gumi gang within Japan's Yakuza, but not to murder.

Shirai is accused of being one of eight gangsters involved in the murder of another gang leader in 2003. The other seven have been arrested but Shirai escaped to Thailand in 2005.

He admitted that the victim had been bullied and there might have been plots within the Yakuza subgroups to kill him . but he has not confessed to murdering the fellow gang leader," said Wirachai Songmetta, Thailand's deputy police chief.

It was not possible to contact Shirai or a representative for comment.

Police said the attention of Japanese authorities was drawn after pictures of Yakuza tattoos covering Shirai's back went viral on social media.

Shirai will be charged with illegally entering Thailand and then deported to Japan to face the murder charges, they said.

Police have also said they would investigate other suspected Yakuza gangsters in Thailand even if they did not have an arrest warrant.

Thailand is notorious for the presence of foreign gangsters. Last month, Thai police arrested four members of a Hells Angels biker gang accused of drugs offences, violence, and posing a threat to society.

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Riots in Pak over rape of 8-year-old

Two people died and dozens more were injured at protests about the alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Pakistan.

Angered at the lack of arrests the killing of Zainab Ansari, hundreds off people took to the streets of the city of Kasur in eastern Punjab.

Some attacked a police station and government buildings while local media captured others throwing rocks and smashing car windows with sticks.

Ansari went missing on her way to her religious studies tuition, earlier this week.

Confirming she was raped, police said he body was found dumped in some rubbish.

They said six girls have been sexually assaulted in the region in recent months, and they were investigating whether there was a connection between the cases.

Ansari's parents, who had been at a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia at the time of her disappearance, have returned to Pakistan.

We will not bury our daughter until her killers are arrested," her father Ameen Ansari said.

However, a funeral service attended by thousands of people, was held for the girl.

Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who took part in the service called for the local government to be replaced, and blamed the Punjab chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, for failing to “protect lives and honour of innocent girls” in the province.

Violence erupted before the funeral and police fired shots in the air in an attempt to disperse protesters.

Local TV captured one officers asking to halt the direct fire, while a second officer continued.

Kasur's police chief Zulfiqar Hameed refused to say whether the two people killed in the clashes had died from police gunshots.

Ansari's murder also sparked widespread outcry on social media, with thousands calling for the culprit to be brought to justice, and the hastag #Justice4Zainab trending on Twitter.

Facing calls from his political rivals to step down or face further street protests, chief minister Sharif also took to the social media site.

He said he was “deeply pained" to hear about the case, adding: "Those societies that cannot protect its children are eternally condemned. Not going to rest till the perpetrators of this dastardly act are apprehended & given severest possible punishment under the law.

Additional reporting by agencies.

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Pakistani anchor hosts bulletin with daughter to protest 8-yr-old’s rape

As Pakistan simmers under protests against the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kasur, a news anchor with the popular Samaa TV protested by hosting a news bulletin with her daughter on Wednesday.

Kiran Naz, with her child on her lap, starts the bulletin by saying, “Today I’m not Kiran Naz. day, I’m a mother. This is why I am sitting here with my daughter.

The 1. 50 minute long emotionally-charged monologue by Naz sees her condemn the rapes and murders that plague the country. It is true when they say that the smallest coffins are the heaviest and entire Pakistan is burdened by the weight of her coffin.

The alleged rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl triggered violent protests in Punjab province that left two people dead in police firing on Wednesday.

Kasur town, located a short distance from the border with India, had been tense after the girl disappeared on January 4 while on her way home from a tuition centre. Her parents were away on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, and her family circulated CCTV footage on social media that showed her with an unidentified man. Reports said the girl was allegedly raped multiple times before being strangled.

In the news bulletin, Naz points out the sad irony, that while the girl’s parents were praying for their daughter’s long life in Saudi Arabia and buying her toys, a “monster in Pakistan was raping her and throwing her body in trash. is not just a child’s rape and murder. This is the entire society’s murder.

Naz goes on to say that the 8-year-old’s rape and murder will once again initiate regret, investigation, committess, commission, enquiry and suo moto but, “the truth is that the girl does not need your justice. e will get justice by her God on Judgement Day when she questions her death and asks her fault.

The girl’s father, on returning to Pakistan on Wednesday, told the media that he would not bury her till justice was done.

Naz ends the bulletin by saying that it is not just the girl who is dead, the whole of humanity died with her.

Local media reports said the girl’s murder was the twelfth such case in Kasur over a period of one year. Kasur had hit the headlines in 2015 when a gang of paedophiles running a child sex ring was busted in the town. The gang allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted 280 children and blackmailed the families of some victims since 2009.

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