In keeping with an order of the High Court, Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and Bangladesh Railway on Sunday paid Tk 20 lakh as compensation to the family of Jihad, who tragically died after falling into an abandoned deep tube-well in Shahjahanpur area of the city on December 26, 2014, reprots UNB.
Jihad’s father confirmed that the two government entities each paid Tk 10 lakh through check and pay-order as compensation to the family.Earlier, on July 3 the High Court summoned the Bangladesh Railway Director General to appear before it on August 14 and explain the failure to execute its earlier order to provide Tk 20 lakh as compensation to the family of Jihad.
On March 1, the High Court issued a contempt of court rule on three government officials for not implementing a court order to provide Tk 20 lakh as compensation to the family of Jihad.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice KM Kamrul Kader asked Bangladesh Railway Director General Md Amjad Hosain, Fire Service and Civil Defence DG Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan and its Director Major AKM Shakil Newaj to respond to the rule within two weeks.
A legal notice was served to defendants on January 22 as they did not provide the compensation money to the family.
Later, the contempt petition was filed as the defendants did not reply to the legal notice.
On February 18, 2016, an HC bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi M Ejarul Haque Akond asked the government to compensate Tk 20 lakh to the family members of the four-year-old victim, who met the premature end of his life inside a 600-foot abandoned shaft of a water pump at Shahjahanpur Railway Colony.Advocate Md Abdul Halim filed a writ petition with the High Court on December 28, 2014 seeking its directives for providing Tk 30 lakh as compensation to Jihad’s family members.
The body of Jihad was pulled out from the abandoned shaft 23 hours after he had slipped into it.