POST TIME: 4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Student death
Prothom Alo served legal notice for Tk 10 crore
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Prothom Alo served legal notice for 
Tk 10 crore

A legal notice was served to the national daily Prothom Alo and its affiliate publication Kishor Alo yesterday, seeking Tk. 10 crore in compensation for the death of a student of Dhaka Residential Model College (DRMC), Naimul Abrar Rahat (14). Naimul, a student of Class IX, had died of electrocution from a power generator during a programme organised by Kishor Alo on the college premises on Friday. Following this, Supreme Court lawyer Faiz Ullah (Faiz) sent the notice to the publisher and editor of Prothom Alo as well as the editor of Kishor Alo and other persons concerned. The notice was sent on behalf of a former student of DRMC, Obaid Ahmed. The notice has asked the respondents to pay the compensation amount to Naimul’s family within seven days. Within three days of receiving the notice, the Prothom Alo publisher, editor, and editor of Kishor Alo have been asked to compensate Tk. 10 crore for the family of Naimul Abrar within seven days.

The respondents were also directed to give an explanation regarding the incident within three days of receiving the notice. Necessary legal steps will be taken if they fail to abide by the directives, the notice warned. The notice also requested the information secretary, education secretary, and power, energy, and mineral resources secretary to take steps to ensure special security measures and safe electricity connection before allowing such programmes to be organised at educational institutes. On Saturday, students protested against Naimul’s death and formed a human chain in front of the college. They blamed mismanagement and negligence by the authorities concerned for the death.  During the protest, students issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the college and Prothom Alo authorities to meet their four-point demand.

The college authorities have formed a three-member committee to probe into the unfortunate incident. The committee has to submit its report within seven days. Naimul was electrocuted behind the stage set up for the “Ki Ananda” programme. The organisers took him to Mohakhali’s Universal Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Later, the police handed over the body to the family without an autopsy on their request. Naimul’s family, which hails from Noakhali district’s Sonamuri upazila, resides in Dhaka’s Agargaon area.