Friday, 29 September, 2023

MSF demands probe into death of under-trial prisoner at Kurigram hospital

Manabadhikar Shongskriti Foundation (MSF) on Sunday condemned the death of an under-trial prisoner at Kurigram General Hospital on June 3.

Ekramul Hossain Ershad, 35, son of Showkat Ali of Kamat Angari area of Bhurungamari Upazila of Kurigram district and an under-trial prisoner died at Kurigram General Hospital on Saturday.

MSF also demanded fair investigation into the death and legal action against those involved in the incident.

Family members alleged that police arrested Ekramul on charge of drug peddling on Wednesday afternoon.

Although no drug was found in his possession, police sent him to jail through a court on Thursday morning after showing him arrested under Section 151.

When he fell sick in the jail on Saturday, he was admitted to Kurigram General Hospital from the district jail.

Abu Sayem, a jailer at Kurigram  district jail, said Ekramul was admitted to Kurigram General Hospital after he fell sick on Saturday morning. Later, he died at noon while undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.

Meanwhile, Ekramul's sister Shiuli Begum, said police arrested her brother on charge of drug peddling  and demanded money from him. Due to delay in paying the money, police tortured him and sent him to jail. She alleged that her brother was tortured to death in police custody.