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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
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Bangladesh: Human chain demands death penalty for Konika's killer

Human chain in front of Shaheed Satu Hall in Chapainawabganj
Different women's and non-governmental organisations formed a human chain in front of Shaheed Setu Hall in Chapainawabganj town yesterday, demanding capital punishment of the killer of schoolgirl Konika Rani.

Activists of Jago Nari Banhishikha, Bangladesh Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Bangladesh Girls Guide and several other non-governmental organisations joined the hour long programme from 10:00am.

Addressing a rally at the venue, the speakers demanded speedy trial and capital punishment of killer Abdul Malek, who murdered Konika Rani and injured her three classmates.

They later submitted a memorandum to the home minister through the deputy commissioner in Chapainawabganj.

Among others, local women leaders Gouri Chand Barman, Nurunnahar, Shahanaz Begum, Halima Khatun and advocate Yesmin Sultana addressed the rally.

On May 27, Konika Rani, 14, a Class X student of Mohipur SM Dwimukhi High School in Sadar upazila, was hacked to death by drug addict Abdul Malek around 9:15am.

Konika's three classmates Tarin Afroz, 15, Tanzima Khatun, 14, and Moriom Akhtar, 14, also sustained serious injuries in the attack. The injured girls are still undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.

Villagers caught Malek and handed him over to the police, Officer-in-Charge Mazharul Islam of Sadar Model Police Station said.

Konika's mother Anjali Rani filed a murder case against Abdul Malek with the police station the same night, the OC added.

Source: The Daily Star, June 6, 2016

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