First prisons officer dies of COVID-19

M  Moneruzzaman | Published: 15:17, Jul 26,2020 | Updated: 00:37, Jul 27,2020


Abu Zahid

Mymensingh Central Jail’s senior superintendent Abu Zahid died of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.

Inspector general of prisons AKM Mustafa Kamal Pasha told New Age that Zahid died of COVID-19 infection at 12:42pm at the Central Police Hospital in Rajarbagh in the capital where he was kept in life support.

He was 58.

The prisons’ chief said that Zahid is the first prison officer died of the corona virus.

Earlier two prisoners — one in Sylhet district jail and another in Kashimpur Part-1 Central Jail — died of COVID-19, according to an official of the directorate of prisons.

He said that as on Sunday, a total of 100 prisons guards and officials have been given COVID-19 treatment in isolation centres.      

The IG prisons said that Zahid was shifted to the Rajarbagh hospital from Mymensingh Medical College Hospital for treatment with COVID-19 symptoms on July 10.

The prisons’ chief said that Zahid was found COVID-19 positive at the police hospital though he was earlier tested twice by Mymensingh Medical College Hospital but the result was found negative.

He said that Zahid was admitted to the police hospital with permission from the home minister.

He said that he spoke to Zahid’s daughter to make all arrangement to bury him at his family graveyard in Meherpur district town.

Zahid is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Mymensingh Division’s deputy inspector general of prisons Jahangir Kabir told New Age that Zahid, joined as deputy jailor in 1991, was due to retire from the service on June 30, 2021.

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