A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman, Deputy Editor Anisul Hoque and eight others in a case filed over the death of Naimul Abrar Rahat, a student of Dhaka Residential Model College.
The other accused are Kabir Bakul, head of event and activation of Kishor Alo, Shuvashish Pramanik Shuvo and Shah Paran Tushar, assistants at event and activation of Kishor Alo, Mahitul Alam Pavel, senior assistant editor of Kishor Alo, and four stage decorators -- Jasim Uddin Topu, Mosharraf Hossain, Md Sujan and Kamrul Hawlader.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam passed the order after investigation officer of the case Abdul Alim, who is also an inspector of Mohammadpur Police Station, submitted the probe report to the court.
Ten copies of the warrants were sent to different police stations soon after the order was issued, court officials said.
The court fixed February 24 for the next hearing in the case.
Abrar, a ninth-grader, was electrocuted during the anniversary programme of Prothom Alo’s youth magazine Kishor Alo on November 1 last year.
The charges brought against all the accused are under section 304(A) of Bangladesh Penal Code. The section deals with deaths caused by “rash or negligent act”.
According to the section, a person may face up to five years in jail if charges are proven against him or her.
The victim’s father, Mojibur Rahman, filed the case with the Fourth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka on November 6 last year.
In the complaint, Mojibur said his son was electrocuted and became unconscious around 4:30pm on November 1 last year while attending the programme of Kishor Alo.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Aminul Haque took it into cognizance and ordered the OC of Mohammadpur Police Station to submit an investigation report.