Dhaka, Aug 21 (UNB) – A judicial probe report said lawyer Palash Kumar Roy who was found burnt in Panchagarh Jail on April 26 committed suicide by setting himself on fire. Besides, the report pointed out some cases of mismanagement and irregularities in the jail.
Hearing the report on Wednesday, a High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Md Badrujjaman ordered copies be sent to the Home Secretary and Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons, for them to submit their own explanations by October 15, the date fixed for the next hearing in the case.
However, Palash Kumar Roy, 36, a Bangladesh Bar Council-listed lawyer and son of Pranab Kumar Roy of Borosingia village in Atoari upazila, sustained burn injuries in a toilet of the Panchagarh Jail on April 26 and succumbed to his injuries at the Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on April 30.
Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed a writ petition with the High Court on May 6 seeking its order to conduct a judicial inquiry into the death of Advocate Palash Kumar Roy in Panchagarh Jail.
Hearing the writ on May 8, the HC directed the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Panchagarh to file a report after looking into the death.
As per the order, a judicial probe report was produced before the court on Wednesday where Barrister Suman and Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar represented the state.
The report said Palash was treated 24 hours after receiving burn injuries while the jail authority was responsible to ensure instant treatment. Besides, his family members were not informed about the serious injuries he suffered, when the prison authority is supposed to inform family members if a prisoner as much as falls sick. Yet Palash’s family was kept in the dark regarding his transfer to another prison.
Apart from these, the report help up a quagmire of mismanagement and irregularities in the district jail, including sale of gas lighters inside the prison, absence of fire extinguishers, lack of CCTV inside the jail premises, absence of jail superintendent and even of medical officer at the prison hospital.
Besides, an accused in a murder case is performing rudimentary staff duties at the Surgery Department of the hospital, said the report.
Faridpur, Aug 21 (UNB) – A five-year-old girl was raped reportedly by a teenage madrasa boy at Paschim Hasamdiya village in Bhanga upazila on Tuesday afternoon.
The victim was first taken to Bhanga Health Complex and then shifted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital due to excessive bleeding where she was undergoing treatment at the one-stop crisis centre.
Sub-inspector Pijush Kanti of Bhanga Police Station said the boy, aged around 14, took the girl to his kitchen and violated her.
Hearing victim’s screams, locals rescued the girl and caught the boy.
Police took the boy under their custody after victim’s mother filed a case on Tuesday night, Pijush said.
Bagerhat, Aug 21 (UNB) – A Royal Bengal tiger has been found dead in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola upazila here.
Forest department workers recovered the carcass of the female tiger from Chhaprakhali area under Sharankhola range of the Sundarbans East Zone on Tuesday afternoon.
Later, it was taken to the range office on Wednesday.
The skin of the tiger, 3 feet in height, 7 feet in length and aged around 15, will be preserved, said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Md Mahmudul Hassan, adding that carcass was buried following a postmortem.
The tiger might have died two days ago due to old-age complications, he said, adding that several body parts were sent to the Wildlife Crime Control Unit’s lab in Dhaka to know the exact reason behind the death.
Moralganj Livestock Officer Abdullah Al Mamun who conducted the postmortem said there was no mark of any bullet or weapon attack on the tiger’s body.
According to the Sundarbans East Zone, a total of 21 tigers died of various reasons in the world’s largest mangrove forest since 2001.
Jashore, Aug 21 (UNB) - A pair of cousins fell victim to the all-too familiar yet ‘silent killer’ of children in the country, as they drowned in a pond near their home in the village of Narikelbaria, in Bagharpara upazila of Jashore on Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Saad, 3, son of Jamal Uddin and his cousin Alamin, 4, son of Syed Ali of the village.
Family members said that the children were playing beside their family pond. Around 1:30 pm - that window around noon when most drownings have been known to occur - the families became aware that the children were missing.
A frantic search ensued, and eventually locals spotted their lifeless bodies floating on the surface of the pond. In desperation, the bodies were rushed to the Bagharpara Upazila Health Complex after being recovered, but of course it was to no avail.
Doctor merely completed the formality of declaring them dead. OC Jasim Uddin of Bagharpara Police Station also confirmed the matter.
A 2017 study published in esteemed medical journal The Lancet said drowning accounts for an astonishing 43 percent of all deaths in the 1-4 age group in Bangladesh.
A report released earlier this year by Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB), and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) revealed drowning to be the leading cause of death for children under five in Bangladesh, outstripping diseases to claim the lives of more than 30 children daily, or approximately 10,000 annually.
A survey by the CIPRB identified that most of the deaths occur among unsupervised children between one and five years old in ponds that are very close to their homes.
75 percent of drownings were found to occur within 65 feet of home. 60 percent of the victims drown between 9am and 1pm, when older siblings are at school and mothers are preparing food, gathering wood and water, or tending to crops.
Despite all this, the dangers of drowning hardly capture the nation’s attention in the same way as say, road accidents or some diseases, leading some experts to call it ‘a silent killer’.
Dhaka, Aug 21 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced former officer-in-charge of Goalanda Police Station to seven years’ imprisonment and jailed his wife for two years for accumulating illegal wealth.
Delivering the verdict, Judge of the Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 Sheikh Nazmul Alam also fined Saiful Islam Tk 3 lakh and his wife Zakia Islam Tk 1 lakh. They will have to serve one more year and three months in jail respectively if they fail to pay the fine.
The couple was present on the dock when the judgment was pronounced.
According to the prosecution, Saiful and his wife submitted their wealth statements to the ACC on September 29, 2009 where they concealed information about assets of Tk 4,255,021.
Charges were framed against the couple on August 1, 2011 in the case.