The court also instructed the police not to harass or arrest five other accused till charge framing in the case
The High Court has granted anticipatory bail to Prothom Alo’s Editor Matiur Rahman in a case filed over the death of school student Nayeemul Abrar.
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq passed the order on Monday.
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.
The court also instructed the police not to harass or arrest five other accused till charge framing in the case, as their names were not mentioned in the FIR filed regarding the school student’s death.
The five others are 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.
Matiur, along with Anisul - who is also the newspaper’s deputy editor - and the four other accused had filed their bail pleas with the High Court on Sunday.
On January 16, a Dhaka court issued warrants of arrest against 10 over the death of Nayeemul, a non-residential ninth grader in the school under DRMC.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam had given the order after Mohammadpur police station 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.
In a case filed over Nayeemul’s death, his father Md Mojibur Rahman accused the organizers of negligence that led to the 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.
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.