The High Court Division in a ruling on Tuesday directed the government to explain in four weeks why it would not be asked to pay Tk one crore as compensation to the family of Jishan who died at the age of six after falling in the unfenced Adabor Khal in the capital on March 9.
Jishan, son of Abul Hashem popularly known as Hashu Mia, lived at Nobodoy Housing, Adabor, Mohammadpur, with his parents.
He fell into the canal while playing cricket with friends in an open space inside Nobodoy Housing.
The court issued the ruling after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by lawyer and Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation chairman Abdul Halim.
The child drowned due to sheer negligence of the governmental authorities as it left the unfenced and un-demarcated canal dumped with garbage, Halim submitted in the petition.
Jishan jumped in the ditch to collect cricket ball and drowned instantly no realizing that the canal was hid under the garbage.
The respondents, the LGRD Ministry secretary, Rajuk chairman, Dhaka deputy commissioner, Dhaka North City Corporation’s chief executive officer, DWASA’s managing director, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the officer-in-charge of Adabor police station were asked by a bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed to reply to the ruling within four weeks.
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