Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

HC rules for compensating Satkhira boy that lost limbs after electrocution

The High Court (HC)  issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain why it shall not pass order to compensate a Satkhira boy, who lost his right hand and leg after getting electrocuted by coming in contact with a high voltage power supply line.  

 A High Court division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order holding hearing on a writ filed in this regard.  

The court in its order also asked the director of Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery to let it know about the treatment received so far by Rakibujjaman, 7, and what type of treatment he needs in future in home and abroad.  

The court asked officials concerned including power and energy secretary, chairman of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, general manager concerned Palli Bidyut Samity, zonal manager, Satkhira Palli Bidyut 
Samity general manager, project director and deputy commissioner of Satkhira to reply the rule within a week. The court set November 18 for further hearing the matter.  

Supreme Court lawyer Mohammad Torikul Islam filed the writ, pleading for court's direction for Taka 100 crore in compensation for the boy. Advocate Tajul Islam and Advocate Mohammad Torikul Islam argued for the plea, while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Baghmar stood for the state.  

 According to the case documents, Satkhira Palli Bidyut Samity in March, 2021, laid a high voltage electricity line over the two storied house of Md Abdur Razzak Dhali, going against its own map. The naked electricity line was without any cap or cover, making Abdul Razzak to file an application with general manager of local Palli Bidyut Samity not to supply electricity through the line.  

 But in spite of the risk and Razzak's plea, Palli Bidyut Samity supplied electricity through the line. On May 9, 2021, Razzak's seven-year-old boy came in contact with the line, instantly burning his right hand and leg. He was rushed to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, where doctors amputated his burnt hand and leg.