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Death of Preeti Urang: Daily Star terminates former Executive Editor Ashfaqul Haque

  • Reason for removal not mentioned 
  • Teen domestic help died falling from flat on Feb 6
  • Journalist, his wife denied bail after remand on Feb 20
Update : 17 Apr 2024, 07:16 PM

The Daily Star newspaper has terminated former Executive Editor Syed Ashfaqul Haque, who is behind bars over the death of his domestic help due to negligence two months ago.

The termination notice, published on its website on Tuesday afternoon, said it took effect immediately but did not mention any reasons for the decision.

“He joined the newspaper in 1993 in the sports section and worked as Sports Editor, Joint News Editor, News Editor, Chief News Editor, and finally as its Executive Editor from 2019 till date,” the notice said. 

The English national daily made the decision around two months after Syed Ashfaqul Haque and his wife Tania Khondoker were sent to jail in the case.

Preeti Urang’s death

Fifteen-year-old Preeti Urang, daughter of Moulvibazar’s Lokesh Urang, used to work as domestic help at Ashfaqul Haque’s  flat in the capital’s Mohammadpur. She died allegedly by falling from the flat’s balcony on February 6.

Preeti had been working at Ashfaqul’s home for two years.

Preeti’s father Lokesh Urang filed the case under 304(A) of the Penal Code over the death due to negligence on February 7.

According to the case statement, Preeti fell from the apartment due to the absence of safety bars on the window of the flat's drawing space. Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Journalist and his wife sent to jail 

Ashfaqul Haque, his wife, and four others from their residence were taken to the police station on February 6. The next morning, a Dhaka court sent them to jail after rejecting their remand and bail petitions.

The court asked police to interrogate them at the jail gate for three days.

On February 13, the court placed the accused on a four-day remand. Following the remand, they were sent to jail on February 18. Two days later, on February 20, another court rejected their bail prayers. 

Similar incident in August last year

A similar incident occurred in August last year in Ashfaqul’s flat, when another housekeeper sustained severe injuries after falling out of the same window.

The victim's family filed a case over the incident, but police submitted a final report to the effect that they did not find any evidence to bear out the charges in the case, filed under the Children Act 2013.

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