The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka on Tuesday placed detained manhole supervision officer Shahriar Ahammad Shukur Mia on a two-day remand in connection with the death five-year-old-child Nirob in a manhole of Shyampur in the capital. On Tuesday noon, Arshedul Haque, Inspector of Kadamtali Police Station and also the Investigation Officer of the case produced the Shukur Mia to the CMM Court with a seven-day remand prayer, while Magistrate Rashed Talukder granted the two-day after hearing.
On December 8, Nirob Hossain Ismail fell into a sewer of Shyampur and died. He was playing with other children in the area near his house. Suddenly a playmate pushed him and he fell through an opening of the sewer. About four hours later, his body was found in the Buriganga River, about a kilometer away.
His body was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where the physicians declared him dead. Locals alleged that a cover slab had for long been missing at the spot through which Nirob fell down.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a High Court Division bench issued a ruling, seeking explanations why the family of Ismail Hossain Nirob would not be given Tk 30 lakh in compensation for the child’s death. The court sought a list of uncovered manholes, holes, tunnels, wells and sewers categorised according to their locations in the capital city within three months.
It also sought information on legal actions taken by the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kadamtali Police Station in connection with the death of Nirob.
The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo issued the ruling after hearing a writ petition. The petition was filed by Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation on December 13. Barrister Abdul Halim filed the petition with the High Court on behalf of the organisation.