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HC order on schoolboy's sentence October 18

  • Published at 04:15 pm September 27th, 2016
  • Last updated at 11:15 pm September 27th, 2016
HC order on schoolboy's sentence October 18
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das fixed October 18 after hearing explanations from Sakhipur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohammad Rafiqul Islam and OC of Sakhipur police Mohammad Maksudul Alam on the matter. The ninth grader, Sabbir Shikder, who is a student of Protima Bonki Public High School in Sakhipur and now in bail, also described the incident before the court. He was given two-year imprisonment for threatening the MP under the controversial section 57 of the ICT Act. Sabbir said that plainclothes police picked him up from home on the night of September 16 and took him to the police station blindfolded. The OC tortured him there. He was then taken to the lawmaker's residence where he was beaten with sticks. He was then taken to the UNO, who also kicked the boy before sentencing him. However, UNO's lawyer SM Rezaul Karim told court that the schoolboy was sentenced for narcotics related offence. He was produced before the court with marijuana. On the other hand, OC's lawyer Nurul Islam Sujon claimed that media falsely reported the incident to ruin the image of the lawmaker. On September 20, the High Court in a suo moto rule sought explanations from the UNO and the OC on sentencing the boy after a media report was brought to the court's notice by Supreme Court lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan. The report said that a mobile court led by UNO Rafiqul Islam sentenced the boy under the ICT Act for threatening the lawmaker. Earlier, the lawmaker filed a general diary with Sakhipur police alleging that Sabbir had threatened him on Facebook. The police later detained the boy and produced him before the mobile court. After the sentence, the schoolboy was sent to Tangail jail. When bringing the matter to the court's notice, Khurshid Alam told court that the GD was subjected to be investigated. A mobile court cannot sentence anyone for any offence under the ICT Act and when an investigation is pending. Besides, someone under the age of 18 should be tried under the Children Act, not by a mobile court, he told the court.