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HC seeks explanation for lawyer's death inside jail

  • Published at 03:28 pm August 21st, 2019
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Advocate Polash Kumar Ray died of burn injuries in April

The High Court has ordered the government to give explanations on the irregularities surrounding the death of a lawyer in Panchagarh jail.

The court asked secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the inspector general of the prison (IGP) to give their explanations regarding the matter within October 15.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Md Badruzzaman passed the order after hearing a writ petition on Wednesday.

On May 6, a writ has been filed seeking a judicial probe into the death incident of Advocate Polash Kumar Ray.

The home secretary, IGP, deputy inspector general of Rangpur division, and jailer of Panchagarh jail were the respondents in the writ.

On May 8, the High Court ordered a probe into the death of Polash, who died after being burned inside the jail.

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

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

On March 25, he allegedly made disparaging remarks about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a speech at a protest.

Later, a local resident, Razib Rana, 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 Panchagarh jail. The same day, he got burnt in the toilet of the jail’s medical centre. 

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