South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain within 10 days why they should not be given exemplary punishment for leaving a dead person in handcuffs for hours after his death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue.

It issued the rule following a writ petition filed on the basis of a newspaper report that Chunnu Miah, 58, a prisoner of Dhaka Central Jail, was kept handcuffed for hours at DMCH morgue on May 20 after he died at the hospital.

A Bangla tabloid The Daily Manab Zamin published the report on May 21 about the incident under the headline “Handcuffed even after death” with a photo of Chunnu Miah in handcuffs.

The HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore reached the decision after hearing the writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer.

Advocate KM Zabir yesterday filed the petition as a public interest litigation seeking necessary directives from the HC to the authorities to explain the incident and to take measures to prevent such a thing from happening again in the future.

Secretary to the ministry of home affairs, inspector general of police, inspector general of prisons, jail super of Dhaka Central Jail, police officer who brought Chunnu to DMCH morgue, and director of DMCH have been made respondents to the rule.

Advocate Dr Belal Husain Joy appeared for the petitioner.

Source: The Daily Star – 30.05.2011