At this time of the Corona epidemic, vehicles have been recorded crossing the Bangabandhu Bridge. 52,006 vehicles crossed the Bangabandhu Bridge in 24 hours from 8am on Wednesday to 8am on Thursday. This is the highest number of vehicles crossing the bridge in the last 23 years since its inauguration.
According to the statistics of the bridge authority, 4,356 additional vehicles have been plying in the last 24 hours on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr this year as compared to last year. Among the vehicles crossed in the last 24 hours, there are 3,006 big buses, 5,355 big trucks, 60 small buses, 3,064 small trucks, 3,282 medium trucks, 13,057 motorcycles and 23,464 private cars. From here the total revenue of Bangabandhu Bridge Authority has come to 2 crore 99 lakh 17 thousand 40 taka, which is the highest revenue income after the construction of the bridge. Last year, a maximum of 36,247 vehicles crossed the Bangabandhu Bridge before Eid-ul-Azha. Meanwhile, the traffic congestion along the Bangabandhu Bridge West Link Road has eased since Wednesday night. The on-duty traffic police said that the pressure of these vehicles has reduced a lot since early morning. It was normal to have extra traffic on this highway in the morning.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bangabandhu West Police Station Mosaddek Hossain said the number of vehicles had increased since yesterday evening but there was no traffic jam on the highway. However, the vehicles have stopped moving. The number of vehicles has come down since this morning.
Meanwhile, on the spot, around 11:15 pm on Thursday, the bridge was seen at the Kaddar junction and Sayedabad area of the Bangabandhu Bridge Western Highway in Sirajganj, the place was completely empty. Occasionally some vehicles were still seen coming home for Eid.
One such person is Asher Uddin (48) of Nishchintpur village in Kazipur upazila of Sirajganj. He worked for a private company in Dhaka. He has planned Eid with his wife and two children. He reached Kaddar junction by freight truck from Gabtali in Dhaka at around 8 am today. From there go to Kazipur by local bus. “Actually, we didn’t want to come home for Eid,” he said. Now I see everyone going home, so I left. He has to pay Tk 1,400 to get to Kaddar from Dhaka. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station Shahjahan Ali told Prothom Alo that there are more vehicles on the highway this time than last year. Despite the increase in traffic pressure, there was no traffic jam anywhere on the highway for a long time.
Long-distance buses have also been plying since Sahhri on Wednesday morning, increasing the traffic pressure on the highway. As the night progresses, the traffic pressure decreases. Now the highways are pretty much normal.
Zakaria Noman Faizi, publicity secretary of the defunct Central Committee of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, has confessed to raping a woman with the promise of marriage. He made the statement in the court of Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Jayanti Rani Roy on Thursday.
Chittagong District Superintendent of Police SM Rashidul Haque told Prothom Alo in the afternoon that Zakaria Noman Faizi was remanded for questioning in a rape case. He was produced in court at the end of remand. There he testified. He said he brought a woman to Hathazari in Chittagong with the promise of marriage on the basis of his identity on Facebook. They lived in a rented house as husband and wife. Later, when the woman realized that she would not marry him, he moved to Chittagong. Faizi also went there and raped her with the promise of marriage again.
Zakaria Noman Faizi further testified that in addition to that woman, he had relationships with several other women with whom he used to chat on the phone regularly.
A woman filed the case at Chittagong’s Hathazari police station on May 8 at around 2 am. According to the case, Zakaria Noman Faizi met the woman through Facebook in September 2019. Through chatting on messenger and WhatsApp, he asked the woman to come to Hathazari with the promise of marriage. According to the case, the woman came to Hathazari later. Fayezi rented him a house in November 2019. While staying in a rented house for a year, Faizi raped her on different dates and at different times.
On May 5, Chittagong District Detective Branch (DB) arrested Fayezi from Chakaria in Cox’s Bazar.