4 cops apologise over JU student handcuffing
Four police personnel including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Ashulia Police Station today offered unconditional apology to the High Court for keeping a Jahangirnagar University (JU) student handcuffed during his treatment at a hospital.
The four police personnel are Ashulia OC Mohsinul Quader, Sub-inspector Nahid and police constables Sentu and Halim.
Later, the HC exempted them from personal appearance before it when the four policemen appeared before the HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Haque as per its earlier order and offered their unconditional apology.
The court, however, fixed July 9 for hearing the suo moto rule it issued on May 29 over the legality of keeping JU student Nazmul Hossain handcuffed when he was being treated at Enam Hospital in Savar.
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Blast’s advocate Rezaul Karim placed a report published by The Daily Star on the incident before the HC bench on May 29 for necessary order.
During today’s hearing, Blast Advocate SM Rezaul Karim told the court that the police handcuffing injured Nazmul during his treatment is violation of the relevant laws.
An accused cannot be handcuffed during treatment, he said.
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Nazmul Hossain fell sick on Saturday while protesting the death of two JU students in a road accident in Savar. On Monday, police showed 42 JU students, including Nazmul, arrested in the case.
During treatment, one of Nazmul's hands was handcuffed to the hospital bed. When he requested removal of the handcuffs so he could eat, police refused to do so, witnesses and his fellows alleged.
Narrating the ordeal, Nazmul on May 31 told The Daily Star that a constable even threatened to shoot him and tie his legs if he spoke further.