The High Court Division on Sunday directed the police not to arrest or harass daily Prothom Alo editor and publisher Matiur Rahman, its deputy editor and monthly magazine Kishor Alo editor Anisul Hoque and four others until it hears their bail application this morning.
Four other petitioners are Kishor Alo’s head of event activation Kabir Bakul, event activation executives Shuvashis Pramanik Shovo and Shahporan Tushar and senior sub-editor Mohitul Alam Pavel.
On Thursday Dhaka court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate issued warrants to arrest 10 people including Matiur Rahman after taking into cognizance a police probe report that alleged that due to the negligence of 10 accused during an event organized by Kishor Alo caused death of Dhaka Residential Model College student Naimul Abrar Rahat by electrocution on November 1, 2019.
A bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq issued the directive to the police after fixing the bail petitions of Matiur Rahman and the five others for hearing today.
Matiur Rahman and five other bail petitioners were present at the hearing and senior lawyer Amirul Islam appeared for them assisted by AM Amin Uddin.
On November 6, 2019, five days after the death of DRMC ninth grader Naimul Abrar, his father Mujibur Rahman filed a case with the court accusing Prothom Alo editor and publisher Matiur Rahman and unnamed others of causing his son’s death.
Four other indicted accused in the case are generator and decoration workers Jashim Uddin, Mosharraf Hossain, Sujon and Kamrul Howlader.
The case was recorded under Section 304(A) of the Penal Code that stipulates five years’ imprisonment with fine as the maximum punishment.
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