The jail authorities did not find any negligence on their part in writer Mushtaq Ahmed's death in custody, Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brig Gen Md Mominur Rahman Mamun said today.
The IG Prisons said this quoting a probe report submitted by a three-member probe committee formed earlier by prison authorities. The report has already been submitted to the Home Ministry.
Mushtaq died on February 25 after he was transferred to a hospital for treatment from Kashimpur jail. He spent nine months in pre-trial detention for publishing an article and sharing Facebook posts critical of the government's Covid-19 response. He was 53.
The prison authorities formed the committee a day after Mushtaq's death. Meanwhile, another committee formed by the Home Ministry over Mushtaq's death submitted its report to the ministry this afternoon.
Additional Secretary Tarun Kanti Sikder of the Home Ministry who led the five-member committee, declined to share their findings, saying that the home minster will brief media in this regard.
Meanwhile, in conversation with The Daily Star, IG Prisons Brig Gen Mominur Rahman said they will take further steps after receiving a copy of the home ministry's probe report.