Wives of the two Santals said they were not even able to go to toilet without the help of others. “They were produced in the Gaibandha judicial magistrate's court as they kept leaning on others' shoulders,” said Chithili Kisku, wife of Bimal.
Pani Murmu, wife of Charan, also viewed the same.
They told the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday that their husbands had been discharged mid-treatment Tuesday as police felt insulted to remove their handcuffs – as per an order of the High Court – and put pressure on the hospital authorities to discharge them.
Human rights activists also argued that police were forced to remove the handcuffs only a day ago.
Supreme Court lawyer barrister Jyotirmoy Barua said: “Police took back the victims before finishing the treatment so they do not have to comply with the High Court order. It seems the HC order hurt their ego.
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“They just did it to satisfy their ego and implement the egoistic decision by forcing the hospital authorities to discharge the Santals. In this deliberately committed brutal act of vengeance, they just wanted to frustrate the High Court order.”
When contacted Jatiya Adivasi Parishad's Gaibandha unit leader Philimon Baskey said: “Charan Soren and Bimal Kisku were undergoing treatment. Police made the hospital authorities discharge them before completing treatment.”
Police, however, denied the allegation, claiming that the injured Santals were discharged after their full treatment.
Ashraful Islam, Gaibandha superintendent of police, claimed that the hospital authorities discharged Charan and Bimal after finishing treatment.
When contacted, Rangpur Medical College Hospital Director Dr ASM Barkatullah declined to comment on whether the treatment of Charan and Bimal had completed.
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Terming the incident a “clear violation of human rights,” barrister Jyotirmoy told the Dhaka Tribune: “Police could have increased the security in hospital. There should be no compromise over health issues.”
Police had put Charan and Bimal on handcuffs and tied ropes around their waist, fearing that the two – accused in a case filed over the November 6 clash between police and resident Santals of Gobindaganj, Gaibandha – might flee.
Charan and Bimal had been injured as police fired rubber bullets on hundreds of Santals, who were demonstrating to get back their ancestral land at Sahebganj-Bagda farm area in Madarpur village of Gobindaganj.
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Meanwhile, another injured Santal, Dijen Tudu, who lost vision in an eye as bullet pellets had hit his eyes on that fateful day of November 6 and is undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital in Dhaka, told the Dhaka Tribune that hearing the news of Bimal and Charan, he now fears he might also be discharged before his treatment finishes.
“The condition of my eyes has not improved at all since I got admitted to hospital,” he said.