The entrance of Juvenile Correction Centre in Tongi of Gazipur. Photo Courtesy: Prothom Alo
The authorities have suspended the supervisor-in-charge of Gazipur Juvenile Development Centre where 20 teenage boys inflicted severe wounds on themselves in protest the torture on them yesterday.
Department of Social Services suspended Anwarul Kabir last night on charges of abusing the 20 adolescents, Additional Deputy Commissioner (general) in Gazipur Shahnawaz Dilruba Khan confirmed The Daily Star today.
The suspension order came hours after the High Court formed a three-member committee and asked it to confirm in a week as to who were responsible for the torture at the correction centre.
As part of the investigation, Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur Nurul Islam and Superintendent of Police Abdul Baten who are among probe body members visited the centre this morning.
Aged between 14 and 18, the boys gashed their foreheads, arms and wrists Tuesday night to protest the torture on them by the supervisor-in-charge.
The injured were rushed to Tongi Government Hospital where their wounds were stitched up. They are now at the centre.
After Deputy Attorney General Bishwojit Roy drew the HC's attention to a newspaper report on the horrific incident, the court yesterday formed the body and directed the authorities to explain in two weeks why their negligence in stopping the torture on those teenagers should not be declared illegal, and why they should not be directed to take steps to address the matter.
The secretaries of social welfare, and women and children affairs ministries, DG of the social welfare department, deputy inspector general of prisons, DC and SP of Gazipur and superintendent of the correction centre have been made respondents to the rule.
Besides, the district administration has formed a committee of five members headed by ADC Shahnawaz to investigate the matter and submit a report within the next seven working days.
ADC Shahnawaz visited the centre yesterday afternoon.
Quoting the inmates, she said the centre authorities had assaulted the boys and also mentally tortured them for not complying with the rules.
"They found no other way to protest. They want removal of the supervisor-in-charge," Shahnawaz said.