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High Court: Compensate Jihad’s family

  • Published at 10:20 pm February 18th, 2016

The High Court has said that the family of Jihad, who died in December 2014 after falling into an abandoned pipe at Shahjahanpur, is entitled to compensation.

The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo gave the decision yesterday disposing of a previous rule issued on the matter.

However, details about the amount of compensation and the person to pay the money would be known after the court publishes the full verdict, petitioner’s lawyer Abdul Halim said.

The order came at a time when a ruling party-backed ward councillor and a key accused of the case, filed by Jihad’s father, have been threatening the family to withdraw the case in exchange for some money.

The same bench on February 15 last year in its rule sought explanation from the government as to why the latter should not be directed to give the family of Jihad Tk30 lakh in compensation.

The ruling came in response to a petition filed by Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation.

Four-year-old Jihad died on December 26, 2014 after falling into an unprotected deep tube-well pipe dug by the railway authorities at Shahjahanpur Railway Colony.

The rights body submitted the petition on December 28.

The court asked the government to explain as to why the negligence of the government, Wasa, fire service, railway and the Dhaka City Corporation in rescuing Jihad should not be declared illegal.

It also directed the fire service authorities to submit a list of uncared pipes, wells, tube-wells, sewerage pipe holes and water tanks across the country by May 15, 2015.