Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Kazi Reazul Hoque on Wednesday said the state will have to take steps for the quick disposal of criminal cases to protect the human rights of prisoners and check the wastage of public money.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the Khulna district jail in the morning.
Referring to the district jail, the NHRC chief said there are 1,345 inmates in the prison. ‘But only 300 of them are convicted prisoners while the rest 1,045 are under-trial ones.’
He also said the trial of 13 prisoners has been going on for the last 5-11 years, violating their human rights. ‘At one stage, it’ll be seen a portion of the prisoners is acquitted.’
But, the state has to spend money for the prisoners from the national exchequer, he said.
Apprehending that the district jail, constructed in the British era on the bank of the River Bhairab, might go into the gorge of the river anytime for river erosion and 2-3 building might collapse, Reazul stressed the importance of
relocating the jail elsewhere.
About two Indian nationals kept as prisoners at the jail, he said they did not commit any serious crime and their case
should be disposed of quickly.
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