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Tk 10cr compensation sought for Joj Miah

Published : 11 Aug 2022 11:37 PM | Updated : 11 Aug 2022 11:37 PM

Two Supreme Court lawyers have sent a legal notice to the authorities concerned seeking Tk 10 crore as compensation for Md Jalal Uddin, who had been branded as Joj Miah in connection with the August 21 grenade attack.

The lawyers sent the legal notice on Thursday (August 11) for violating fundamental rights of Md Jalal.

Lawyers Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallob and Mohammad Kawar sent the legal notice on behalf of Md Jalal Uddin to 11 persons, including former State Minister for Home Affairs Md Lutfozzaman Babar, saying that Jalal Uddin has been wrongfully arrested and kept in custody for four years in the case filed for the incident of the grenade attack on August 21 in 2004.

In the legal notice, the lawyers requested the government officials concerned to form an inquiry committee in order to fix the liabilities for violating the fundamental rights of innocent and helpless Md Jalal, who was wrongfully arrested on June 10 in 2005 and kept in custody till June 27 in 2009 in connection with the case.

The lawyers in the legal notice asked Lutfozzaman Babar, the-then inspector general of police Khodabox Chowdhury; former assistant Superintendent of Police and investigation officer Abdur Rashid; former ASP Munshi Atiqur Rahman and former special superintendent of police Md Ruhul Amin to give Tk 10 core to Jalal in 15 days.

In the legal notice, they requested six officials of the present government to collect the money for Jalal Uddin.

The officials are secretary of home ministry; inspector general of police; deputy commissioner of Dhaka; officers in charge of Motijheel and Shahbagh police stations and the criminal investigation department of police.

Lawyer Humayun Kabir told media that they will move a writ petition before the High Court seeking necessary directives on the recipients of legal notice if they don’t make response to the legal notice.

At least 24 leaders and activists of Awami League were killed and about 300 others injured in the August 21 grenade attack on current prime minister and then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) made up stories to divert the investigation, arresting Jalal Uddin from his residence in Noakhali.

Jalal Uddin (Joj Miah) had said that police officers threatened him with crossfire and forced him to give false confessions, and offered to give money to his family.