HC for ensuring health guidelines of lockdown detainees
Published: 04:47 PM, 7 July 2021 Updated: 05:38 PM, 7 July 2021
The High Court has directed to ensure the hygiene of the detainees who were held for violating coronavirus lockdown. At the same time, the High Court has asked the state's chief legal officer, the Attorney General, to look into the matter.
Law enforcers have detained 3,065 people from 33 police stations in the capital on charges of violating restrictions. The detainees are being taken to the court jail but hygiene rule is not being observed.
The High Court bench of Justice M. Enayetur Rahim gave the order after Supreme Court lawyer Asad Uddin brought the matter to the attention of the court today.
Addressing Attorney General AM Amin Uddin during the hearing, the High Court said, "You should talk to the officer-in-charge of the police department and the Registrar General of the Supreme Court." The court also asked him to take action on how to ensure the health of the detainees to appear before the court.
Earlier, lawyer Asad Uddin told the court that all were being arrested from 33 police stations in the capital on various charges in the lockdown and all were being taken to the court jail at the same time. Some 700 people are crowding together in the prison. Similarly, relatives are crowding in front of the jail to meet and talk with them.
He further said that in the situation that has been observed there, no hygiene is being observed. I would like to pray to you that those who are being detained should be kept in respective police stations and produced before the court through video conferencing. The court heard the matter and gave the order to the Attorney General.
Lawyer Asad Uddin said 3,065 people have been detained so far over defying Covid-19 restrictions. According to the DMP ordinance, they are being detained and taken to jail and court. It is feared that the coronavirus situation may worsen further.