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HC orders probe into death of lawyer inside jail

  • Published at 03:06 pm May 8th, 2019
File photo of a prison cell Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Advocate Polash was burned inside Panchagarh jail

The High Court has ordered a probe into the recent death of a lawyer who died after being burned inside a jail.

Advocate Polash Kumar Ray, 36, was burned inside Panchagarh jail on March 26.

Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the order—along with a ruling—after hearing a petition filed by Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Sumon on Wednesday.

The order calls for a judicial inquiry into the incident by a magistrate under the supervision of Panchagarh's chief judicial magistrate. 

A report regarding the matter must be submitted within the next 30 days. 

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The home secretary, inspector general of the prison, deputy inspector general of Rangpur division, and jailer of Panchagarh jail were the respondents of the writ filed by Barrister Sumon.

Polash, 36, was a member of the Dhaka Bar Association and had formerly worked in the legal department of Kohinoor Chemical Company Limited.

Advocate Polash allegedly made disparaging remarks about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a speech at a human chain on March 25.

Razib Rana, a local resident, later filed a case against Polash, accusing him of making contemptuous remarks about the prime minister. 

On March 26, police arrested Polash and a court sent him to jail. The same day, Polash burned in the toilet of the jail’s medical centre.

He was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment, where he died on April 30.