Thursday, 5 May 2011

Limon gets bail: HC asks govt to arrange his treatment

The High Court (HC) on May 5 granted bail for six months to Limon Hossain, who was shot into disability by Rapid Action Battalion, in an arms case filed against him by the elite force with Rajapur Police Station in Jhalakathi.

The court also directed the government to arrange his treatment at one of the country’s best hospitals as per his choice.

It also asked the government to bear cost of the treatment.

Responding to a bail petition filed as public interest litigation, the HC also issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why it should not be directed to form an inquiry commission to find out the fact behind the torture on Limon.

The HC bench of Justice Nozrul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Anwarul Haque in the rule asked the government to explain why Limon should not be granted regular bail in this case.

The bench came up with the rule and order following a bail petition filed by Ain O Salish Kendra, a human rights organisation.

Executive Director of the organisation Advocate Sultana Kamal filed the petition on Thursday with the HC for bail and proper treatment of Limon.

Advocate ZI Khan Panna, a counsel for the petitioner, told The Daily Star that there is no bar to release of Limon from the police custody following the HC order.

Limon, who was undergoing treatment at Orthopedic Hospital in the capital, was sent to Jhalakathi jail on Tuesday in the case.

He was shifted to at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital under police custody for treatment on Wednesday.

A team of Rab-8, led by Deputy Additional Director Lutfor Rahman, shot him in the left leg while he was on his way to bring back a herd of cattle home on March 23 at Chhaturia village in Jhalakathi. The leg had to be amputated.

The same day, Rab-8 Deputy Assistant Director Lutfor Rahman filed two cases against Limon and several others with Rajapur Police Station.

The cases were lodged on charges of possessing arms and ammunition, obstructing law enforcers from discharging their duties and attempting to murder.

Mother of Limon filed a case against six Rab men of April 11. The Rajapur police initially refused to take the case even after a court order. They, however, recorded the case on April 26 following a 48-hour deadline by a Jhalakathi court to take the case
Daily Star

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