State can't avoid responsibility of death in prison custody: NHRC on Mushtaq’s death | The Daily Star
06:10 PM, February 27, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:41 PM, February 27, 2021

State can't avoid responsibility of death in prison custody: NHRC on Mushtaq’s death

Home ministry forms investigation committee

Expressing grave concern over the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed, National Human Rights Commission today said the state or any of its subordinate bodies cannot avoid responsibilities for death in custody.

"It is a gross violation of human rights," it said in a press statement.

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Mushtaq Ahmed, who was arrested under the Digital Security Act, died in Kashimpur High-Security Jail-3 in Gazipur on Thursday.

The commission said they would write to the home ministry after the actual cause of his death is revealed.

Meanwhile, the home ministry today formed a five member committee led by its Additional Secretary Tarun Kanti Sikder to investigate Mushtaq's death and submit a report within four working days.

The committee will investigate whether prisons authorities have negligence in this regard and identify those responsible, if any.

It will also look into whether the authorities were aware about his health issues. If so, they will investigate whether proper treatment was given. If not, the committee will identify the responsible persons.

 

 

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