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Physician harassment in lockdown: Writ against magistrate-police

A writ petition has been filed in the High Court seeking directions to form a judicial inquiry commission into the recent altercation between a doctor and a doctor on Elephant Road in Dhanmondi during the lockdown. In the writ petition, the doctor has been asked to take action against Executive Magistrate Sheikh Mamunur Rashid and the concerned police for harassing him. Besides, the legitimacy of running a mobile court on that day has also been challenged.

Supreme Court Advocate Yunus Ali Akand filed the writ petition in the public interest on Monday (April 28).

Advocate Yunus Ali Akand himself confirmed the matter. The writ petition will be presented for hearing tomorrow (April 28) in a bench headed by High Court Justice M Enayetur Rahim, he said.

On April 17, on the fifth day of government restrictions on Elephant Road in the capital, magistrates and police officers got into an argument with a doctor over a ‘movement pass’. A video about this went viral through social media.

As can be seen in the video, at the Bata signal on Elephant Road, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University, Associate Professor of Radiology and Imaging, Dr. Saida Shawkat Jenny, Assistant Commissioner of the Dhaka District Administration Office of the Mobile Court Magistrate Sheikh Mohammad. Police members led by Mamunur Rashid and an inspector of Newmarket police station got involved in the altercation.

Meanwhile, the mother died after being hit by her son’s brick due to a trivial incident. Joypurhat Sadar Police arrested Ujjal Hossain. Preparations are underway to file a case on behalf of the family.

According to the police and locals, Renuka Begum, the son’s wife, had a quarrel with her mother-in-law Sufia Begum over throwing ashes in the stove last Sunday evening. At that time, son Ujjal Hossain hit his mother Sufia Begum on the head with a brick on the side of his wife and she was seriously injured. Locals rescued him and took him to Joypurhat District Modern Hospital. Later, as his condition deteriorated, he was admitted to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in Bogra at night. Sufia Begum died on Monday morning while undergoing treatment there. Police arrested son Ujjal Hossain while fleeing after receiving news of his mother’s death. Ujjal’s wife is on the run.

Joypurhat Sadar Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Alamgir Jahan confirmed the incident and said his son Ujjal Hossain has been arrested. Legal action will be taken after the family files a case.

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