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Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman gets bail upon surrender

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Kaisarul Islam gave the order on Monday

Update : 17 Feb 2020, 12:21 PM

A Dhaka court has granted bail to Prothom Alo’s Editor Matiur Rahman in a case filed over the death of school student Nayeemul Abrar.

Acting Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Kaisarul Islam gave the order on Monday following Matiur's surrender to the court.

On Jan 20, The High Court granted Matiur Rahman 4 weeks of anticipatory bail over the case. As his bail period ended on Sunday, Matiur surrendered to the court and his lawyer Ehsanul Haque Shamaji filed a bail petition on behalf of him.

Considering Matiur's age and position as an editor of a renowned newspaper, the court granted him bail on the condition that he would have to appear before court on hearing days.

Last year, on November 1, Nayeemul was electrocuted by a power generator on the premises of his school Dhaka Residential Model College (DRMC), during an anniversary celebration organized by Prothom Alo’s youth magazine Kishor Alo.

In a case filed over Nayeemul’s death, his father Md Mojibur Rahman accused the organizers of negligence that led to the incident.

The accused include - Prothom Alo’s Editor Matiur Rahman, youth magazine Kishor Alo’s Editor Anisul Hoque and Prothom Alo employees Kabir Bakul, Shuvashish Pramanik Shuvo, Md Mahitul Alam Pavel, and Shah Paran Tushar.

He also accused Kishor Alo and the school authorities of concealing the information of Nayeemul's death, and continuing the program despite the tragic incident. 

Mojibur alleged that the organizers took Nayeemul to Universal Medical College Hospital instead of the nearby Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, denying him proper medical attention after the incident.

On January 16, a Dhaka court issued warrants of arrest against 10 over Nayeemul's death. Acting Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam gave the order after Mohammadpur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdul Alim, also the case investigation officer, submitted the investigation report. 

The four other accused are: Jasim Uddin, Mosharraf Hossain, Sujan, and Kamrul Hawlader.

Matiur, along with Anisul - who is also the Prothom Alo’s deputy editor - and the four other accused filed their bail pleas with the High Court on January 19.

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