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HC seeks info on steps against Tongi juvenile centre mismanagement

Star Online Report
The entrance of Juvenile Correction Centre in Tongi of Gazipur. Photo: Star
The entrance of Juvenile Correction Centre in Tongi of Gazipur. Photo: Star

The High Court today sought reports from the government on measures taken to remove mismanagement in Tongi Juvenile Development Centre and against the police personnel responsible for supplying cough syrup to a child of the centre in February.

The director general of the Department of Social Services (DSS) will have to submit a report on the steps taken to remove the mismanagement in the centre before the HC on May 14.

And, the inspector general of police and the superintendent of police in Gazipur will give a report about the action against the responsible police personnel before the court the same day, Deputy Attorney General Biswojit Roy told The Daily Star.

During hearing a suo moto rule, the HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain also fixed May 14 for passing a further order on the issue.

Aged between 14 and 18, the boys gashed their foreheads, arms and wrists on February 13 to protest against the torture inflicted upon them by Supervisor-in-charge Anwarul Kabir at the Tongi Juvenile Development Centre in Gazipur. Karim was suspended following the news report published on the incident.

Sources at the correction centre claimed that the incident had happened after the centre reprimanded an inmate's brother for giving him two bottles of cough syrup while police were driving them back to the centre from the Dhaka Judge’s Court.

The government in February formed a three-member committee led by Meshkat Ahmed Chowdhury, DG of DSS, in line with an order of the HC to investigate the allegation of torture on the teenagers in the development centre.
In the second week of March, the committee placed the probe report to the HC through the attorney general's office.

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Last modified: 10:02 pm Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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