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Protest at Tongi Correction Centre

HC orders govt to form committee to probe body cutting

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The High Court on Thursday directed the government to form a three-member committee to report to the apex court in seven days the investigation findings into the self-done injuries of 20 juveniles at the Tongi Juvenile Correction Centre.
The committee is to be headed by the director general of the department of social welfare. Two other members of the committee are deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Gazipur district.
The bench of Justice Quazi Rezaul Haq and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain issued the suo moto order after taking into cognizance a newspaper report published in the Daily Prothom Alo Thursday under a headline ‘bish kishorer bhoyonkor protibad’.
The committee will identify the officials who could be held responsible for the incident.
The committee will also investigate whether the center was mismanaged and find how one boarder did manage to take two bottles of cough syrup while he was returning to the centre from a Dhaka court under police escort.
The newspaper report said one of his brothers, whom the center men suspected for supplying the syrup, was summoned after the incident and was rebuked by center officials.
The news report said the fellow juveniles collected glasses and cut their hands and other parts of the body to let people know about their protest against that scolding.
It said some 20 inmates including the one, who drank the syrup injured themselves by piercing their hands, foreheads, legs and bodies with glasses Tuesday night.
Later, they received treatment at the Tongi Hospital, while one of them was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital.
The court passed the order after Supreme Court lawyer Md Asaduzzaman drew the court’s attention to the newspaper report.
The bench also asked the authorities to explain in two weeks why they should not be directed to perform their duties to protect the rights of the juveniles properly.
Inspector general of police, Social welfare secretary, director general of social welfare, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Gazipur, superintendent of the Gazipur juvenile correction centre and its provisional officer were asked to reply the rule.




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