Judicial inquiry into custodial death of UGC official sought

Judicial inquiry into custodial death of UGC official sought

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Dhaka – A legal notice was served on Sunday to the government seeking judicial inquiry into the custodial death of a UGC official by 24 hours.
Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond sent the notice requesting the government to take necessary steps against the responsible persons who were involved with the incident.
“If the government fails to form a judicial inquiry body within 24 hours, a writ petition will be filed with the High Court seeking necessary order over the matter,” Akond said.Omar Siraj, an assistant director of University Grants Commission (UGC), died in Rapid Action Battalion’s (RAB) custody after being held over “leaking” medical admission test questions. He was under remand for two days. But he died on October 1.
Earlier, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) demanded judicial inquiry to find out the nature of UGC official’s death in RAB custody.
“Judicial inquiry is needed to know exactly how Siraj died,” BNP spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon demanded at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan office in Dhaka on Friday.
People are being victims of custodial death but the law enforcement agencies usually claim the incidents as heart attacks, the BNP leader alleged.
According to report, RAB said he was taken to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) on Thursday afternoon after he had complained of chest pain and died there.
His family received the body after the post-mortem examination at Dhaka Medical College Hospital mortuary on Friday.
His wife Sabina Yasmin told reporters at the hospital: “We were worried when RAB took him into remand. They did not even let us see him.”
She claimed her husband complained of chest pain when he was taken to the court for another remand petition hearing on September 29.
“We appealed that he be treated by cancelling the remand petition. The court dismissed our petition and granted two days of remand,” Yasmin said.
His brother Ashraf Uddin claimed he was ‘murdered in a planned way’.
“My brother is a victim of conspiracy. He had no disease,” he said. – Staff Reporter

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