:: FAHAD HASSAN ADNAN ::
The High Court questioned the officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station to explain why a Jahangirnagar University student was handcuffed when he was under treatment at the hospital.
The bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Jahirul Haque issued the order on Monday after the media reported on Nazmul’s quandary.
Nazmul Hossain became sick on Saturday while protesting the deaths of two JU students in a road accident the day before. His friends took him to the university medical centre. But police allegedly forced him to get admitted to Enam Medical College Hospital in Savar so that they could arrest him there.
Things did not end there. Nazmul was treated at the hospital with one of his hands cuffed to the hospital bed. When he requested removal of the cuffs so he could eat, police refused to do so, witnesses and his fellows alleged. A Supreme Court lawyer, who works with human rights issues, said that police violated Section 330 (a) of Police Regulations, Bengal, by handcuffing a sick person.
With reference to the context, a Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to 42 JU students, including Nazmul, who were arrested in connection with a vandalism case filed on Saturday night, OC Mohsinul said.Twelve of the students who got bail were females.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after they were produced before the court.