Akshay Kumar, Kiara AdvaniInstagramOver the past few years, Akshay Kumar has stepped outside his comfort zone to experiment with roles that he had never done before. And the outcome of it has been overwhelming as the Khiladi Kumar delivered back-to-back hits at the box office and has become one of the most bankable stars in the industry. After playing the role of Pakshi Rajan in 2.0 and commander Ishar Singh in Kesari, Akshay Kumar will now be stepping into the shoes of a man (originally played by Raghava Lawrence) who gets possessed by ghosts in the Hindi remake of superhit Tamil horror-comedy Kanchana. But there’s a catch.Akshay’s character won’t be scared of the spirits in the Hindi remake of Kanchana, as it was shown in the Tamil film. Additionally, he will be possessed by only one ghost – a transgender named Lakshmi – and not by three. Kiara Advani has been paired opposite Akshay and will be playing the role of his onscreen wife. Unlike the original Tamil film, Kiara’s role will be meatier and prove to be crucial in the exorcism sequence.”While the premise remains the same, Akshay’s character has been chalked out as one who doesn’t fear the supernatural. The makers also reworked the narrative to create a meaty role for Kiara Advani, who plays Akshay’s wife. In the original film, the hero’s mother and sister-in-law have pivotal parts. In the Hindi counterpart, the sequence where Akshay’s character is possessed by a ghost – the turning point in the story – will take place at Kiara’s house. Her character will play a crucial role in his exorcism. Finally, Akshay will be possessed by one ghost – that of the transgender, Lakshmi – and not three ghosts as seen in the Tamil movie,” a source was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.The Hindi remake of Kanchana will be directed by Raghava Lawrence, who had directed the Tamil version as well in 2011. Kiara and Akshay, who are currently shooting for Good News, will soon start shooting for the film.
Flawed autopsy makes murder into suicide. Prothom Alo IllustrationFlawed autopsy reports submitted by investigating officers to the court merely often make murder seem like suicide, according to a report of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).The PBI report says the forensic reports of dead bodies clearly state marks of injuries. In some incidents, surroundings also indicate the evidence of murder. But investigating officers did not take all these matters into account. Incidents earlier called suicide were often later found to be murder.The investigation organisation PBI submitted a report of 10 incidents of such murders to the police headquarters.Analysing the report, Prothom Alo found police often did not carry out any investigation of a murder. Due to political influence, bribes, negligence and partiality, police has submitted reports of suicide rather than murder.Experts said it is a failure of investigation to declare suicide despite clear evidence of murder.Former inspector general of police (IGP) Nurul Huda said, “It seems the investigating officers and physicians are influenced. Bribes may be exchanged. It is a flaw of the entire system. Those who are involved in the process should be brought to book.”Police recovered a body identified as Anisur Rahman from a residence at Chawk Bazar in the capital on 23 June in 2010. After an autopsy at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, physicians stated that Anisur Rahman had committed suicide. Members of the police, detective branch (DB) of police and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) made a similar observation.As Anisur Rahman’s brother Jahangir Mia, plaintiff of the case, rejected the investigation report for the third time, the court ordered PBI to carry out further investigation. After five years, the PBI investigation unearthed that Anisur Rahman was killed due to a love affair. Two accused persons arrested in connection with the incident gave confessional statements before the court. PBI Dhaka Metropolitan police super Abul Kalam Azad said there were stab marks and evidence of bleeding on the back of his head, three stab marks on the left thigh and a bruise on the left of his chest. These were also mentioned in the forensic report. A bloodstained chisel was left on the spot. But physicians who carried out autopsy and the investigation officers did not consider these. Without carrying out autopsy properly, physicians said ti was suicide.The forensic report of the body of housemaid SumaiaAkhtar Farhana from Sreepur, Gazipur, pointed to different injuries on her body. According to the autopsy report, Sumaia committed suicide. Accordingly, police submitted the investigation report to the court as an incident of suicide.Nilufar Akhtar Bakhara, 25, mother of three, was throttled to death by her brother-in-law in Sreenagar of Munsiganj on 11 February 2016. Following the autopsy and other reports, physicians at Sir Salimullah Medical College said she committed suicide. Police and CID in their reports mentioned the incident as suicide. Later PBI investigation found her brother-in-law throttled her to death after failing to rape her.Mizanur Rahman, a second-year student at Islamic history department of Rajshahi University, was choked to death. His girlfriend Sumaia Nasrin was suffocated to death with a pillow after being raped. But according to the autopsy report, Mizanur committed suicide. The rape of Sumaia was not confirmed through DNA test.According to PBI, physicians involved in carrying out autopsy are highly dependent on morgue assistants. The autopsy report is changed under influence of different influential people while senior physicians do not participate in the autopsy for fear of becoming witnesses. Additional deputy inspector general at PBI, Mainul Islam said good quality equipment has to be utilised for the autopsy report. Physicians involved in carrying out the autopsy report should be given financial incentives, he said.Chairman of the forensic medicine department of Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and president of Medicolegal Society of Bangladesh, Selim Reza observed physicians are influenced by political and influential quarters.Deputy inspector general of CID, Bhanu Lal Das, said physicians should not give any opinion as to whether a person was killed or committed suicide. “The physicians will tell the cause of death. Police will dig out murder or suicide.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir casts his vote at Thakurgaon Government Girls’ High School, Thakhurgaon around 8:30am on Sunday. Photo: Mojibor RahmanBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the people were obstructed from going to polling stations and it was done with the help of the administration, reports UNB.”I informed the returning officer and the administration of the matter but they didn’t take any action,” he told a press briefing at his Thakurgaon residence in the afternoon after visiting different polling centres.Fakhrul observed that the people have no confidence in the election commission, the administration and the state institutions.”The most pathetic thing is that all these things are being done keeping the army men standing like statues. I think it’s also damaging the army,” he said.Alleging that the government has plunged the nation into a ‘protracted problem’ by holding such an election, Fakhrul said they will take a decision on the election once the voting is over.About the decisions of some party candidates to boycott the election, the BNP leader said anyone can boycott the election individually. “We’re in the election till 4pm and take the decision after that.”He termed it a ‘protracted wound’ for the country which cannot be healed. “People will have to suffer from a sense of disbelief,” he said.The BNP general secretary earlier said if people could exercise their franchise freely, the Jatiya Oikya Front would surly win the national election.He made the remarks while talking to reporters after casting his vote at the Thakurgaon Government Girls’ School center around 8:30am.The voting in the 11th national election began at 8am and ended at 4pm without any break amid reports of irregularities, including overnight stuffing of ballot boxes, and capturing of polling stations, and violence in different parts of the country, leaving 13 people dead.