Pintu dies in Rajshahi: He was killed, alleges family

Pintu dies in Rajshahi: He was killed, alleges family

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Former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu died of severe cardiac arrest yesterday at the age of 48.
The BNP assistant organising secretary was “brought dead” from Rajshahi Central Jail to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital at 12:15pm, Brig Gen AKM Nasiruddin, director of the hospital, told journalists.
Pintu who was serving life-term in BDR carnage case, killing 57 army officers on February 25-26, 2009, was shifted to Rajshahi jail on April 20 from Narayanganj jail.Family members of Pintu as well as doctors of RMCH brought allegations of negligence against the Jail authorities in treating the BNP leader, the allegation however rejected by the jail authority and state minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
Dr Rois Uddin, head of cardiology department, RMCH told The Daily Star that the jail authority made delay to bring the patient to hospital.
He said Pintu who had been suffering from different ailments including heart diseases, hypertension and diabetics died 20 minutes before he was taken to the hospital.
Following Pintu’s death, Dr Rois in presence of media blamed the jail authority for bringing him late in the hospital. Jail super Shafiqul Islam Khan who was present there at that time remained silent.
Dr Rois said following a request from the jail management, he went to the jail for Pintu’s medical check-up on May 2 but the jail authority did not allow him to enter into jail to treat the patient.
The jail super claimed they took Pintu to RMCH immediately after he complained severe chest pain at 11.45am.
Pintu was undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University while he was in Narayanganj Jail, and April 25 was his next check-up, doctors and family members said.
On security ground and long distance, Rajshahi jail authority decided
to treat him at RMCH and he was taken to the hospital on April 26, jail sources said.
The Jail super Khan refuted all allegations of negligence.
He explained that they requested RMCH authorities on April 23 for sending doctors to the jail within April 25.
As no doctors went to the jail, the authorities took Pintu to RMCH on the following day.
On the allegation of Dr Rois of not allowing him to treat Pintu inside the jail, Khan said, we have already treated Pintu in RMCH [on Apr 26]there was no need to treat him further.
He also said while talking to Pintu on Saturday, he informed that he is in good condition.
Family members of Piutu alleged he was killed in a planned way in jail.
“I want fair trial of my son’s murder,” Hosne Ara, Pintu’s sobbing elderly mother told journalists. – Staff Reportr

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