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Jihad’s death: HC acquits all 4 accused

  • Published at 07:58 pm February 12th, 2020
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File photo of four-year-old Jihad, who died after falling into an unsealed abandoned deep tube-well in Dhaka’s Shahjahanpur area on December 26, 2014 Collected

The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice A S M Abdul Mobin pronounced the verdict on Wednesday after hearing separate appeals filed by the four convicts

The High Court has acquitted all four accused in a case filed over the death of Jihad, a boy who died after falling into a deep abandoned pipe in Dhaka's Shahjahanpur area seven years ago.

The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice A S M Abdul Mobin pronounced the verdict on Wednesday after hearing separate appeals filed by the four convicts. 

The four acquitted are Abdus Salam alias Shafiqul Islam, proprietor of SR House, a contractor firm that was implementing a railway project in the area, and Jahangir Alam, senior sub-assistant engineer; and Zafar Ahmed and Nasir Uddin, assistant engineers of Bangladesh Railway.

On February 26, 2017, a Dhaka court pronounced 10 years imprisonment and fined Tk2 lakh each for four accused. Two others accused in the case were acquitted by the lower court. 

The death occurred due to negligence of their duties of the accused, then the lower court also observed.