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HC: Why won’t victims of the Barguna school accident be compensated?

  • Published at 09:53 pm April 7th, 2019
A portion of the ceiling of a school building collapsed during a class in Barguna on Saturday, April 6, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

One student was killed in the incident

The High Court has issued a rule asking why compensation will not be given to students who were killed r injured when the ceiling of a school collapsed in Barguna.

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader, issued the rule on Sunday.  

The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education secretary, Barguna deputy commissioner, Amtali upazila education officer, and the president of the Choto Bogi PK Government Primary School Managing Committee, were made respondents.  

Barrister M Mainul Islam stood for the writ. He said respondents have to answer within four weeks.

Two Supreme Court lawyers - Advocate Hasan Tarek Palash and Barrister Mohammad Kawser (representative of the Law and Life Foundation) – filed another writ seeking Tk1 core in compensation for the family of third-grader Mansura, 10, who was killed in the accident.

The writ also sought Tk10 lakh in compensation and proper treatment for the injured.

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The court bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam will hear the writ on Monday.

The writ further sought a rule asking why directives should not be given to abandon all risky school buildings across Bangladesh, to ensure a healthy and safe educational environment for teachers and students.

Mansura was killed and five others injured when a portion of their school ceiling collapsed on them on Saturday.

Mansura was daughter of Nazir Hossain Talukder of Gendamara village in the upazila.

The injured are Ruma Akhter, Sadia, Rosema, Shahin, and Ismail Hossain. Three of the injured were admitted to the upazila health complex while the others were given primary treatment, said Amtali police station Officer-in-Charge (OC), Abul Bashar.

“The students were attending a class when a chunk of concrete from the roof collapsed on them around 12:30 pm,” he said.

Mansura died on her way to the hospital, said the OC, adding that all the injured were class three students.