Senior Jail Super Ratna Roy and Jailer Nur Mohammad Mredha have been withdrawn as investigation is underway over providing special treatment to Hallmark Group General Manager Tushar Ahmed by allowing women to meet the prisoner at Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur.
Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brigadier General Md Mominur Rahman Mamun confirmed the news.Earlier on January 06, Tushar, brother-in-law of Hallmark MD Tanvir Mahmud, allegedly met a woman in the cabin of a prison official for about 45 minutes.
The woman was allegedly escorted to the cabin of a prison official by Deputy Jailer of Kashimpur Central Jail-1 Md Golam Saqlain, and two others. Senior Jail Super Ratna Roy was present at her office during the time.
Meantime, three prison officials have been withdrawn over the incident on January 18. They are Deputy Jailer of Kashimpur Central Jail-1 Md Golam Saqlain, Sergeant Instructor Md Abdul Bari and Assistant Chief Jailer Md Khalilur Rahman.
At least two committees have been formed to probe the alleged role of some officials at Kashimpur Central Jail-1.
Gazipur Deputy Commissioner MM Tariqul Islam said that an inquiry committee headed by an additional deputy commissioner was opened over the matter on January 12.
The committee members are Additional District Magistrate Abul Kalam, Gazipur Executive Magistrate Umme Habiba Farzana and Wasiuzzaman Chowdhury.Besides, another investigation panel was formed on January 21, with Additional Inspector General of Prisons Colonel Md. Abrar Hossain as its head, Deputy Secretary (Security Division) Abu Saeed Mollah and DIG (Mymensingh Division) Jahangir Kabir as members.
Members of the probe bodies already visited Kashimpur Central Jail-1 and talked to all concerned. They also spoke to the accused prisoner Tushar.
Deputy Jailer of Kashimpur Central Jail-1 Md Golam Saqlain said the meeting was arranged with the permission of Super sir.
“Do I have the power to bring the accused from inside the jail? There are gate orders, joint forces, habildars and subedars. I brought the accused alone. Is it possible?” he said.
Referring to the video footage showing him bringing the accused, he said “Yes, I did. I am not denying it. I was told to do it. So, I brought him.”
This correspondent tried to contact Kashimpur Central Jail-1 Senior Jail Super Ratna Roy for comments on the matter, but she could not be reached over phone.
*According to various sources, a senior official of the jail concerned and few other jail guards facilitated Tushar to meet the woman privately in the jail.
Name of the woman is Asma Sheikh, wife of Hallmark Group’s GM Tushar, a prisoner at Kashimpur Central Jail. She had reportedly met her husband once before in the jail.
The incident reportedly took place on January 6, but it came to light on January 22 after a TV channel aired the CCTV footage.
In the video clip, Tushar Ahmed was seen to walk casually in office area of the prison in afternoon. Few moments later, a woman entered the prison from outside.
The video shows the woman entering the jail at 12:55pm and Deputy Jailer Saqlain receiving her at the entrance and escorting her to his office.
At one point, the Deputy Jailer left his office and returned there along with Tushar Ahmed after 10 minutes. Later, Saqlain left his office leaving Tushar and the woman to stay for about 45 minutes.